2019 / Los Angeles County Museum “Animals in Japanese Art” closing program to provide vegan dinner and wine-tasting, Dec. 8

Kano Eitai, Ritual of Releasing Captured Animals, early 19th century (detail)

Los Angeles County Museum presents
Cur-ATE: A Vegan Adventure to Japan
a special evening dedicated to the love of food and art on
Sunday, December 8 from 5:30–8 pm

On the occasion of the closing weekend of Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art, the evening will begin with a final tour of the exhibition, which celebrates one of the most distinctive aspects of Japanese art: the depiction of animals.

Following the tour, guests will then move on to Ray’s & Stark Bar where they will enjoy a four-course vegan Japanese dinner featuring seasonal ingredients prepared by executive chef Philip Martin.

The vegan menu is inspired by the Buddhist ritual of releasing captured animals, of which was practiced in Japan.

Tickets:
$100 for LACMA members, $134 for LACMA members with wine-tasting; $110 for general public, $144 general public with wine-tasting

For tickets, visit https://www.lacma.org/event/cur-ate-vegan-adventure-japan

Program
5:30–6:30 pm | Tour led by Maite Gomez-Rejón
6:30–8 pm | Dinner at Ray’s & Stark Bar

Menu
First Course: Vegetable Yakitori (Winter Squash, King Trumpet, Asparagus, Yuzu Kosho, Sudachi Air, Lime Gel)
     Wine Pairing: Domaine de Cala, Rose, 2018, Provence, France

Second Course: Hand Made Buckwheat Noodles (Shiitake, Scallion, Nori, Yuzu, Sesame, Pickled Shaved Vegetables)
     Wine Pairing: Alvear Fino, Pedro Ximenez, Montilla, Spain, N/V

Entrée: Forbidden Rice Curry (Tofu, Radish, English Peas, Salsify, Bell Peppers, Eggplant, Opal Basil)
     Wine Pairing: Xion, Alberino, Spain, 2018

Dessert: Green Tea Cheesecake (Yuzu Curd, Almond Crust, Blueberry, Raspberry Sorbet)
     Wine Pairing: S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr,  Riesling Auslese, Mosel, Germany, 2009

Maite Gomez-Rejón: Founder, ArtBites
Maite Gomez-Rejón 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. She has worked in the education departments of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the J. Paul Getty Museum and has worked as a private chef and caterer. In 2007 Gomez-Rejón founded ArtBites, hands-on cooking classes that weave art and culinary history at museums and cultural centers across the country. Gomez-Rejón 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, Gastro Obscura, Eaten Magazine, and other publications. Her essay, “Mexico’s Early Cookbooks,” appears in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latin American History.

Tickets:
$100 for LACMA members, $134 for LACMA members with wine-tasting; $110 for general public, $144 general public with wine-tasting

For tickets, visit https://www.lacma.org/event/cur-ate-vegan-adventure-japan

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. Wine pairing option includes four wines, one chosen for each of the four courses. Refunds will be granted only if the event is canceled.

For ticketing support, contact educate@lacma.org.