Mike Holland, Taher food service director for Nebraska City schools, transformed the school cafeteria this week into an art gallery and destination for Peruvian cuisine.
The third annual art luncheon features a décor of paintings, drawings, sculptures and other art from Nebraska City art classes. Highlighting the menu was lomo saltado and sarsa salad, traditional dishes of Lima, Peru.
Brian Renz, Taher Corporation chef, visited from Minnetonka, Minn., to stir fry the special dishes he had recently discovered on a trip to South America.
The lomo saltado featured beef, onions and tomatoes in a reduction sauce, served with french fries on top.
Renz said Peru food has long had a Chinese influence, but some of the ingredients familiar with Chinese dishes are not prevalent there. He said the Peru dishes have a greater focus on their abundance of tomatoes and potatoes.
He said the Peruvian spices are also different and provide a localized flavor to the stir fry.
Student art projects are labeled this year for painting, drawings, clay and others.