Food for Art's Sake

Junto’s chef-owner brings a locally sourced menu to the Brandywine River Museum of Art.

Chef MacGregor Mann, owner of Junto in Chadds Ford, is a man on the move. “I’m always looking for the next project,” he told me in an October 2015 interview. “I love what I do. But I have a couple of dreams.”

At least one of those aspirations has come true. Mann is now offering a locavore menu at the café at the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford. His catering company, Blanch and Shock, will also prepare food for various events at the museum. The café was closed for several weeks preparing for the transition but was expected to be open for the museum’s newest exhibition, “The Poetry of Nature: A Golden Age of American Landscape Painting,” featuring the works of Hudson River School artists, which opened March 19.

Mann, who grew up in York, Pa., has worked at several prestigious restaurants, including Jose Garces’ Amada in Philadelphia and the award-winning Noma in Denmark. At the museum café, the chef will use locally sourced food from the Brandywine Valley, including products from the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art’s protected farms. He will continue serving his sustainable American cuisine at Junto, a BYOB restaurant.

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