The crowd gasped dramatically…millennials forced to peer up from their devices, men gnawing on their knuckles, and women covering their faces as brutal images of the murderer and his weapon of choice shot across the big screen. What was the venue for this exercise in violence, you ask.? Merely the most recent Wednesday Over Water (aka, WOW) in the Great Hall featuring an in-depth, twisted, salacious, and telling glimpse into the life and times of Frank Lloyd Wright. Curatorial assistant and resident expert of FLW, Dylan Turk, led guests on an unorthodox tour of the not-so-well-known side of the late architect.
Chef Melody Lane and team constructed an edible metaphor of spicy, sloppy, tangled spaghetti and meatballs as a nod and a wink to the period Wright spent in social exile in Italy with his mistress. Turk unraveled a web of intrigue that has surrounded the famous architect since his death in 1959 that included but was not limited to insights into his multiple marriages and the tragic murder of his second wife and step-children at the hand of the family servant in 1914.
In an effort to acclimate WOW guests to Dylan, early in the show we played a game called “Frank Lloyd Wright or Dylan Turk,” whereby two volunteers were called to the stage to try to decipher facts that were true about either the architect or the curator. The winner, WOW regular Dan Davis, was awarded a large bag of BBQ Pork Rinds…an arbitrary and utterly ridiculous prize.
After guests were completely spent from the heaping, delicious bowls of spaghetti and sensational content of the evening, they were allowed a taste of a brand new cocktail, a namesake of Wright’s Usonian philosophy comprised of Rye Whiskey, Campari, Sweet Vermouth, Orange Peel, and luxardo cherries.
Yet another successful Wednesday Over Water chock full of food, art, and the intrigue of Frank Lloyd Wright.
1 1/2 ounces Bulleit rye whiskey
3/4 ounce sweet vermouth, preferably Dolin Rouge
3/4 ounce Campari
Twist of orange peel, for garnish
Gently pour all ingredients into an iced shaker. Stir carefully, taking great care not to bruise the rye whiskey. Quietly pour into a martini glass, garnish with orange peel, and sip handsomely.
10 oz pork shoulder, ground
10 oz beef chuck, ground
4 oz pork fat, ground
6 oz day-old country bread (or panko breadcrumbs), ground or finely chopped
1 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
1 teaspoon dried chili flakes
2/3 cup fresh ricotta, drained
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4cup whole milk
1 28 oz can San Marzano tomatoes, crushed
Handful of fresh basil
Grana Padano cheese