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.
Thrilled to start a new Cookbook Club! Each month a significant cookbook will be chosen for discussion and hands-on cooking.
First in the series is De honesta voluptate et valetudine (on Right Pleasure and Good Health) by Vatican librarian Bartolomeo Sacchi, better known as Platina. A best seller after it was published in 1474, it offers advice on diet and health and includes poetry and anecdotes. But perhaps the most interesting thing about it is that it was plagiarized from a 1465 manuscript by Maestro Martino, the pope’s cook. Little known today, Platina’s cookbook was unrivaled for almost 100 years.
Join Maite to discuss the cookbook and prepare a 6-course meal adapted from its regional recipes. ($115)
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.