In the heart of Portage County, about two hours north of Madison, lies Stevens Point on the banks of the Wisconsin River. It is a place known for three things: the local branch of University of Wisconsin System (which produces biology and natural resource graduates like rabbits), Field (an arrangement of downtown bars frequented by said rabbits), and the massive headquarters of Sentry Insurance.
I would like to draw your attention to this last point. Away from the field house, golf course, and new inn that makes up the sprawling SentryWorld campus is a small, intimate restaurant known as Meditation.
You say, “Restaurant in an insurance building.” “Looks sexy like dried beef on toast.”
But Musa is not a corporate cafeteria. With an extensive wine list, a well-established executive chef, and a rotating menu of local and seasonal food, it’s about to be as upscale as things in Central Badger State. Oh, and there’s Picasso’s signature on the wall.
The art on display at Muse
Immediately upon entering Muse, you get a sense that you’re in a special place. Prints of Rufino Tamayo’s Dos Personage (1972) and Marc Chagall Fantastic composition (1976) hangs in the entrance to the restaurant, helping to set the artistic mood. Additional paintings and decorations dot the dining room, along with several large wine offerings.
But the pivot, of course, is Picasso. According to the restaurant’s website, this line was established in 1959 from Couple et flûtistes au bord d’un lac (Bacchanale)hanging in her alcove, “Original print on woven paper, numbered 32/50” and signed by artist Himself.
What exactly is a file Linocot? Much like cutting wood, just using a sheet of linoleum instead of a wooden block. As it turns out, this was a common method used by Picasso, where “after each successive color was printed on paper, the artist cleaned the lino plate and cut out what would not be printed for the color applied later.” Thanks Wikipedia!
But how is the food?
Good and plentiful. Menu at Muse (open since 2017) It rotates on a seasonal basis, to showcase the talents of Executive Chef Christopher Ault. My visit came at the end of the summer season, so your potential choices may vary.
A few highlights: After we were seated, we were presented with an amusing bouche of grilled tuna on a crostini, along with a refreshing “amuse-booze” champagne.
Then came the appetizers, including “Lux Beed” (pickled eggs with beetroot puree and goat cheese, In this case), excellent ham sausage and a small crépinette fries. My table companions asked for “Mozzarella en Carrosa,It is best described as mozzarella sticks Twinkie size. these It quickly found its way into my cheese-loving heart.
Stuffed chicken appetizer (stuffed Chicken sausage, picello pepper, fennel, manchego) It was also fun. Although it Came with a meal of asparagus and Brussels Sprouts, doubled with a spring vegetable gratin as an accompaniment. Because, as you know, it is important to get enough vegetables in your diet. Look at the mini cast iron skillet next to the chicken in the photo above? This is gratin. The surface was hot and bubbling, full of the warm flavors of onions and gruyere.
As for the dessert, wWell, how can I say no to a chocolate-hazelnut tart?
I would also be remiss if I left the wine list, Which, as you can see over here, including “more than 350 wines from around the world.” Likewise, the service was great. Not only do hosts, bartenders, and servers know their craftoh practice it with a tendency.
Musa, and restaurants like it, are important cultural gems
If you live in New York or Chicago, a place like this might not surprise you as a terribly big deal. But here in the rural Midwest, Moses is doing something worth celebrating.
Not only does it bring a different kind of food, wine and ambiance to a drab area with quick casual chains, but it also provides a sense of height, from the wall hanging art to the knowledgeable, even caring staff. Who is making a simple cocktail. It’s the kind of thing that, once you’ve tasted it, you’ll likely look for it again.
So thanks, Moses, for giving the people of Central Wisconsin a place to raise our collective pinkie. I will be back soon, as soon as the next list arrives. or next artist.
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