Paintings were not the only masterpieces at the RU Arts Society reception for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ 75th anniversary exhibition in the Covington Center earlier this year.
Radford University Chef Brian Mann and his colleagues developed a menu that reflected the elegance, stature and creativity of the historic event. The table centerpieces consisted of miniature, edible white chocolate paintings on easels, and desserts were served on colorful palettes.
“I started thinking about what we could do, and the idea of using chocolate as a form of art was an idea I liked,” said Mann, an award-winning chef who came to RU in 2005. He challenged Au Bon Pain Manager Bridgett Bishop, who graduated in 2007 with a degree in art, and Chartwells Inc. Catering Manager Mary Beth Roberts to help make it happen.