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Appetizing America

Appetizing America

Saturday 3/10 from 9:00am to 12:30pm

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

Tour The Huntington’s collection of 19th- and 20th-century American art while surveying the development of artistic and culinary culture in the United States, then head to the kitchen to prepare an array of 1950s-style appetizers. ($85 members; $100 non-members)

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image: Capriccio, 1945, Robert Motherwell, oil on bone board, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Cur-ATE: Dining in Colonial Mexico

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Cur-ATE: Dining in Colonial Mexico

Tuesday 3/13 at 6:00pm


Explore the groundbreaking special exhibition Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici in and after hours tour. Discover the developments that occured in 18th century painting, while weaving in the fascinating culinary history of the time. After the tour, enjoy a four-course meal inspired by the exhibition by Chef Fernando Darin. ($100 members; $110 non-members)

Wine, beer, and cocktails will be available for an additional cost.

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image: Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz (Mexico, 1713–1772), Portrait of Doña María Tomasa Durán López de Cárdenas (Retrato de doña María Tomasa Durán López de Cárdenas), c. 1762, oil on canvas, 40 3/16 × 33 1/16 in. (102 × 84 cm), Galería Coloniart, Collection of Felipe Siegel, Anna and Andrés Siegel, Mexico City, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA/Fomento Cultural Banamex, A.C., by Rafael Doniz

Cacao: The Story of Chocolate (Talk and Tasting)

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Cacao: The Story of Chocolate (Talk and Tasting)

Sunday 1/14 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm

Getty Center

Discover the rich history of cacao from its origins as a frothy, bitter beverage prized by ancient Mesoamerican societies, through its introduction into the 16th century courts of Europe, and to the bean-to-bar craft traditions practiced in Los Angeles today.

Join Maite Gomez-Rejon of ArtBites, professor Sarah Portnoy and Patricia Tsai of Chocovico in exploring the global journey of cacao as well as the traditional practices and more modern inventions that inform the art of chocolate making.

After the talk, indulge in the ancient flavors of cacao beverages, sample flights of artisanal chocolate and enjoy chocolate-inspired desserts. Compliments the exhibition Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas. Tickets: $45 or $65 with wine/champagne/port pairing (21 and over for pairing option). Complimentary parking.


image: Codex Zouche-Nuttall, page 26, 1450 (obverse), Mixtec (Ñudzavui) culture; deerskin, gesso, pigment. The Trustees of the British Museum, London, UK, MSS 39671. Image © The Trustees of the British Museum / Art Resource, NY

A Taste of Modern Mexico


A Taste of Modern Mexico

Thursday 1/25 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Sunnylands Center & Gardens

Taking Sunnyland’s special exhibition Carved Narrative: Los Hermanos Chavez Morado as inspiration, Maite will explore the themes of food, identity and authenticity in Mexican art and culinary history in a public presentation before participating in a tasting of traditional chocolates from ChocoVivo.

This class does not include a tour, it is an informal lecture followed by a tasting. Space is limited. Reservations are required. ($25/person) For additional information, please call 760.202.2254.


image: Column at Sunnylands by Los Hermanos Chávez Morado, 1968. Photo courtesy The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands.