Talk: The Art of Chocolate: From the New World to the Old

9 am | Sat, February 25, 2017

L.A. Times Central Court

Bring your sweetie for a Saturday morning spent learning about one of the world's favorite foods. Chocolate was native only in the New World, where its properties were long known in the Olmec, Maya, and Aztec cultures of what is now Mexico and Central America. Dating back to 1900 BCE or even farther, we know that it was used as a fermented beverage, and was considered so valuable that the cacao bean became a form of currency. After the Spanish arrived, chocolate was imported to Europe, and quickly became a favorite there, first as a beverage, and then in the forms that we know today.   

This fun event begins with a tour in the galleries, led by Maite Gomez-Rejón of ArtBites, along with LACMA's Mary Lenihan. We will look at pre-Columbian objects used to serve chocolate, as well as European silver services, learning about the fascinating history of this popular food as it spread around the world. Then we will enjoy a multi-course coffee service in Ray's, complete with an abundance of pastries and other treats, including, of course, chocolate. Gluten-free options will also be available. Chef Fernando Darin may add some contemporary touches.

LACMA | L.A. Times Central Court
$50 members; $55 general admission 
Note: Price includes tour, food and beverage service with pastries, and parking. For ticketing support, contact
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Image: Samuel Courtauld I, Chocolate Pot, 1750–51, long-term loan from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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