Category Archives: July

The Founding Foodies

The Founding Foodies

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

Saturday 7/7 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, and prepare an Independence Day worthy meal! ($90 members, $100 non-members)

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Green Thumb and Salad Toes Gardening and Cooking Camp


Green Thumb and Salad Toes Gardening and Cooking Camp

Monday 7/9 through Friday 7/13 from 10:00am to 12:30pm

ArtBites Pop-up

If you’ve ever dreamed up having a green thumb and salad toes to make you a whiz in the kitchen, this camp is for you!

Spend five fun-filled days digging, planting, drawing, writing, harvesting, and cooking with educator and gardener extraordinaire, Martha Hall, and Maite Gomez-Rejon of ArtBites.

Each day, children will learn about the amazing world of plants and discover what makes gardens thrive through lively discussion, game playing, and hands-on gardening. Children will harvest ingredients for a hands-on cooking class and culminate the day with a group meal enjoyed in the garden.

A summer well spent!

Registration is required as space is limited to 6 children. The camp is located in LA’s Miracle Mile area. Exact address given upon registration. ($400)

Ages 5 to 8

about Martha Hall:
Martha is a native New Englander and comes from a long line of gardeners and home cooks. A former coordinator at New Roads School and a contributor to Mommy Poppins, Martha now manages the Playa Vista Farmers Market and is an educator with Food Forward, teaching 5th graders about food waste issues. She has a BA in art history from Brown University and is the mom of two teenage boys.

about Maite Gomez-Rejon:
Maite has a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Grande Diplome from the French Culinary Institute in New York. Maite has worked in the education departments of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and the J. Paul Getty Museum, and has worked as a private chef. Maite is the founder and manager of ArtBites, art and culinary history combined with hands-on cooking instruction which she teaches across the country. She has been a guest on the Today Show, featured in Food & Wine magazine, and interviewed on NPRs Splendid Table. She is a contributor to Life & Thyme, Edible LA, and other publications.

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Cocktails and the Rat Pack


Cocktails and the Rat Pack

Saturday 7/14 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Richard Dorman House Sherman Oaks

Back by popular demand!

Celebrate summer in Artisseur’s original Richard Dorman FAIA mid-century residence with Maite as she traces the rise of entertaining in 1950’s America, and how modern architecture, furniture and objects played a role in home cocktail parties. Prepare hors d’oeuvres and libations that would have made Frank, Dean and Sammy proud, then enjoy the party on the spectacular deck overlooking the city to tunes by old blue eyes. ($150)

Limited capacity (14). Couples and singles are welcome. Must be 21 years of age and provide valid driver’s license upon arrival.

Artisseur is centrally located off of Mulholland Drive, 1.5 miles from the Skirball Center. Exact address will be given upon registration.

about Artisseur:
ARTISSEUR is a Los Angeles mid-century modern architectural space with a look to the future drawing inspiration from the past; a concept of social and cultural affinity where art, architecture, nature and community coexist.

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The Cookbook Club: Josefina Velasquez de Leon

The Cookbook Club: Josefina Velasquez de Leon

Saturdays 7/21 from 10:30am to 1:30pm

New School of Cooking Pasadena

Each month we discuss a significant cookbook and prepare a group meal adapted from its recipes. Here’s what’s on the Cookbook Club menu this month:

Mexican Cook Book: Devoted to American Homes by Josefina Vasquez de Leon, 1947
Josefina Velasquez de Leon was an entrepreneurial author and teacher who traveled throughout the Mexican Republic holding cooking classes and collecting regional recipes. From the 1930s to 1960s, she wrote and published over 150 cookbooks on topics ranging from cake decorating to cooking for the infirm. She ran a cooking school in Mexico City, hosted her own TV show when television was brand new to Mexico, wrote a magazine column, and was regularly interviewed on the radio.

In 1947, De Leon wrote the bilingual Mexican Cook Book: Devoted to American Homes. Authentic Recipes from Every Region of the Mexican Republic, the first Mexican cookbook published in the United States, introducing the complexity of traditional Mexican cuisine (not Tex-Mex or Cal-Mex) to an American audience. ($115)

Classes meet at New School of Cooking’s Pasadena campus.
525 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena 91101

The book is out of print but available for sale here and there is a glimpse of it here.

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