In 1984 Emiliano’s Cafe spearheaded downtown Gainesville’s renaissance, ushering in a new era of patio cafes and culinary exploration in what has become Gainesville’s beautiful, dynamic entertainment district. Over the years terms like Nouveau Cuisine, Fusion Cuisine, Nuevo Latino, Latin Fusion or Pan Latin cuisine have come and gone. But what has remained constant throughout the years is their commitment to bringing a dazzling gastronomic experience to evenings spent downtown, and that has made them a landmark of Gainesville’s restaurant scene.
This was my first experiment with allowing a commissioned work to live within the Gainesville Fruit Co. family. Because Emiliano’s is a true landmark, and because I was able to reference wine grapes and coffee beans, it worked and seemed a natural fit. Other requests over the years were not.