Talk: Cur-ATE: Exploring Nature

6 pm | Tue, August 7, 2018

Enjoy a special evening dedicated to the love of food and art while exploring the museum after hours.

Discover how artists throughout the centuries have depicted nature in art in an after-hours tour with Maite Gomez-Rejón of ArtBites. Then, meet with Chef Fernando Darin in the Ray's & Stark Bar kitchen garden before enjoying a seasonal vegan meal at Ray's & Stark Bar.

Price includes tour, dinner, and parking. The menu is offered prix fixe and subject to change; please refrain from substitutions. Wine and specialty cocktails available at additional cost. Refunds will be granted only if the event is canceled.

First Course: Heirloom tomato in textures
Wine Pairing: Schramsberg Blanc De Blanc, 2010 Vintage
Second Course: Wood-fired brussel sprouts, grapes, hazelnuts and green goddess dressing
Wine Pairing: Palmina Pinot Grigio, 2013 Vintage
Entrée: Beyond Meat lasagna
Wine Pairing: Habit Red Blend, 2010 Vintage
Dessert: Coconut tapioca with peach sorbet and pistachio brittle
Wine Pairing: Anna Codorniu Dolce, NV

Maite Gomez-Rejón
Founder, ArtBites
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 City. Since 1995 Maite has worked in the education departments of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and LACMA, and has worked as a private chef. In 2007, Maite founded ArtBites, art and culinary history combined with hands-on cooking instruction, which she teaches at museums, universities, and cultural centers across the country. Maite has been a guest on the Today Show, featured in Food & Wine magazine and interviewed on KCRW’s Good Food and NPR’s Splendid Table. She is a contributor to Life & Thyme, The Huffington Post, and other publications.

Fernando Darin
Executive Chef, Ray's & Stark Bar
As the executive chef of Ray’s & Stark Bar, Fernando Darin draws from his early exposure to the many cultures and culinary traditions of his upbringing in Brazil as he aims to craft interesting and inspiring food using the incredible natural bounty of California. A musician since the age of seven, Darin’s cooking style celebrates the likeness between food and music. His career switch from performing arts to culinary arts occurred in 2008, when he decided to move to California to attend the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Los Angeles. While in school, Darin had the opportunity to intern with renowned chefs Eric Greenspan and Michael Voltaggio. Darin comes to Ray’s & Stark Bar after several years as the chef de cuisine at the Hollywood Bowl.

LACMA | Smidt Welcome Plaza
$100 LACMA members; $134 LACMA members with wine-tasting

$110 general public; $144 general public with wine-tasting
Note: Refunds will be granted only if the event is canceled. For ticketing support, contact
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