Tuesday's menu was a favorite of both passengers and crew of The Commodore Perry. Chef Billy St. John would render each menu by hand. Some have since earned great value as art and can be found in the private collections of many famous collectors here and abroad.
A recent exhibition of the St. John menus at the Tate Gallery included more than 300 originals, twelve facsimiles, and a video featuring St. John discussing life onboard the Perry, his encounters with famous travelers, as well as the theoretical basis of his artistic production. A reviewer in the Sunday Times said of the St. John exhibition, "It is noticeable how authoritarian the work is; you have no choice but to submit yourself to its tightly programmed sequence. What is more important for this reporter was that he came away from the experience better able to see reality, or at least to see it in a new way. Surely this is the ultimate test of greatness."
St. John himself characterized the work, saying "I've been trying to give some attention to how one thing just naturally leads to another." He goes on to explain that we can then move easily from that position to a deeper, more urgent position wherein we can see plainly that "many things can lead to many other things."
St. John's work will be featured in an exquisite limited-edition book produced by Halifax Printers. As St. John himself cannot himself sign the copies (he lost all fingers on his writing hand while chopping lettuce at his summer home in Bal Harbour), Halifax Printers has secured the services of St. John's only living relative, a Mr. Pratt Kilgore of Avant, Oklahoma, who will approximate the signature "with the utmost care and attention to detail."
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