adult classes

Enjoyment from art and food.

Trace the history of art and the role of food in a historical and social context by combining art and culinary history with informal hands-on cooking classes in museum settings, schools or in the comfort of your home. Recent classes include A Taste of Paris, The Trail of Alexander the Great, The Grand Tour, Jefferson in Monticello, Pigment and Spice: India Through the Senses and Modern Vienna.

The schedule below is updated regularly so make sure to check back often. To schedule a private class, please contact

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upcoming classes

Sign up for three “Tasting Art” classes at a discounted rate! Just email Maite at specifying which ones you’re interested in. If you don’t see three that fit your schedule now, don’t fret, you can schedule them when you do. Class schedule is updated regularly.

Visit my favorite blog, Salad for President, to learn how to make a gorgeous, healthy and delicious salad inspired by stained glass windows. And watch these videos for fun facts and a great spring cocktail inspired by Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, on the Getty Iris and to see the Cur-ATE series in action on Backyard Bite!


Tasting Art: Savoring Silence

Friday 4/25 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm

Explore the elements of art through looking, cooking and savoring with ArtBites after an informal tour of ESMoA's current in-gallery Experience, SILENCE. Then, work together to prepare and enjoy a seasonal meal inspired by the gallery talk which explores the themes of color, texture, line, space and shape. ($95 includes tour, all ingredients and wine)


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Tasting Art:  Cooking Spain

Saturday 5/3 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Weave together the art and culinary history of Spain while viewing Baroque through Modern works of art at LACMA. Then head to the kitchen to prepare traditional tapas. ($100 includes museum admission, tour, all ingredients and wine. Cost does not include museum parking). Please note that though this class meets at LACMA it is not LACMA organized.

LACMA and Surfas

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Renaissance Italy

Sunday 5/4 from 9:00am to 12:30pm

Explore the art and cuisine of Renaissance and Baroque Italy as seen through the Huntington’s collection of paintings, sculptures and decorative arts before preparing and enjoying a contemporary and seasonal meal inspired by period cookbooks. ($90)

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

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Cur-ATE:  The Grand Tour

Monday 5/12 at 6:30pm

Beginning in the 1500's young English aristocrats toured France, Italy and sometimes Greece and the Netherlands in search of art, culture and the roots of western civilization. Take a Grand Tour though LACMA's collection of paintings and decorative arts. Discover the art collected and the meals consumed on these travels, then journey to Ray's and Stark Bar to enjoy an international meal prepared by Chef Kris Morningstar. A wine pairing menu will be offered at an additional charge. ($90 members, $100 non-members)

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Francophiles in Mexico

Thursday 5/15 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by discovering the dining customs of the 19th century aristocracy before participating in a tasting of pastries inspired by the cookbook El Cocinero Mexicano, first published in Paris in 1831. ($10)

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

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A Taste of Yucatan

Saturday 6/7 from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Explore the history and distinct cuisine of the Yucatan from the ancient Maya, through the conquest, to today while preparing a traditional meal. Menu may include Kibi, Pollo Pibil, Poc Chuc and Caballeros Pobres. The class is part of a series of artisanal cooking classes. ($85)

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

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A Grand Culinary Tour

Saturday 6/21 from 9:00am to 12:30pm

In 18th century Europe there was a renewed interest in the classical world, and the wealthy and educated were "hungry" to visit ancient sites in Rome, Greece and Egypt, marking the beginning of tourism. Join Maite and take a Grand Tour of the Huntington's paintings, sculptures and decorative arts then cook and enjoy a Mediterranean menu fit for a British aristocrat. ($90)

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

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The Founding Foodies

Saturday 7/12 from 9:00am to 12:30pm

Join Maite for a gallery tour and a discussion of how George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson influenced American cuisine and dietary habits. Afterwards, students will prepare a meal based on early White House menus. 

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

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Cooking American

Saturday 8/9 from 9:00am to 12:30pm

Discover the history of war rationing, opulent dining and melting pot possibilities through the Huntington's permanent collection and the special exhibition Your Country Calls! Posters of the First World War with Maite. After the tour, students will prepare an early 20th century meal with a contemporary twist.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

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