At SFMOMA, These Works of Art Can Give You a Sugar Rush

Categories: Brody, Sweet Beat
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The artsy cookie plate, cappuccino, and Orange Whip.

​Also on display at SFMOMA these days, along with "Georgia O'Keefe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities," and the Richard Avedon retrospective, are the witty sweets of Caitlin Williams Freeman. Freeman, cofounder of Miette Pâtisserie and Confiserie, is now the pastry supplier for Blue Bottle cafés, owned by her husband, James. At the Blue Bottle Dessert Café on the fifth floor of SFMOMA (151 Third St. at Mission), confections displayed on Thiebaud-inspired stands pay homage to paintings, photographs, and sculptures in the museum's collection. 

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The Mondrian cake.
There's a poodle-shaped Katharina Fritsch ice cream sandwich ($5), modeled after the 224 black poodles arranged in dense concentric rings on the museum's second floor. There's a colorful, carefully constructed Mondrian cake, very Broadway-boogie-woogie ($8), and an Orange Whip of sorbet, vanilla ice cream, and lime soda, inspired by a Robert Frank photo ("Drug Store -- Detroit, 1955"). Though the 1950s drugstore price was 10 cents, the classy 2009 version will run you $5.

The cookie plate ($6) changes frequently. Recently it featured rosemary-pine nut shortbread, a saffron and vanilla snickerdoodle, spicy gingersnap and double-chocolate cookies, and -- combining two vices dear to the arty set -- a sesame-absinthe cigar. They went well with cappuccinos ($5.50), traced with a leafy design.

Alas, unless it's the first Tuesday of the month (free admission day), you'll have to factor in the $15 to get into the museum, too. The café is open Fri.-Tue. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Thu. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. More pics after the jump.

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Art patrons line up near a Louise Bourgeois spider sculpture.

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The sign for the cafe's postmodern Orange Whip.


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