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The History of Chocolate
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Los Angeles, CA
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The History of Chocolate
Celebrate Valentine's Day weekend weaving art and culinary history with ArtBites! Join Maite Gomez-Rejon in tracing the history of chocolate, the great aphrodisiac and food of the gods, from the ancient Mayans to the European aristocracy at the Los Angeles Museum of Art. Then head to Loteria Grill Hollywood (6627 Hollywood Blvd) to enjoy a three-course lunch prepared by Executive Chef Jimmy Shaw, complete with Mexican hot chocolate and churros.

Please note that though this class meets at LACMA it is not LACMA organized.

First Course (choice of one):
Ensalada Flor de Jamaica
Baby Spinach, Pink Grapefruit, Red Onion, Toasted Hibiscus Petals and Hibiscus Vinaigrette

Crema de Chile Poblano
Roasted Chile Poblano Soup, Roasted Corn, Queso Panela and Crispy Tortilla Strips

Sopecitos del Mar
Two Sopecitos, Veracruz-Style Crab and Shrimp Picadillo in Salsa Morita with Avocado

Second Course (choice of one):
Asado de Boda
Zacatecas-style Pork Stew in a sauce of Chile Guajillo, Chile Ancho and Chocolate

Enchilada Azteca de Queso o Pollo con Mole Poblano for Two
Stacked Enchilada. Chicken or Cheese in Mole Poblano, Black Bean Purée, Plantains, Crema Mexicana

Tacos de Carne Arrachera
Three Grilled Arrachera Style Beef Tacos, Roasted Tomatillo and Chile Poblano Salsa, Guacamole, White Rice, Frijoles Charros

Third Course (choice of one):
Romantic Decadence for two
Flourless Chocolate Cake and Loteria Chongos
Ice Cream with Sautéed Strawberries

Fresas y Chocolate
Fresh Chocolate-dipped Strawberries

*SPECIAL TAKE-HOME TREAT: Mexican hot chocolate to-go with dipping churros

Maite Gomez-Rejon 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 such renowned museums as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, LACMA and the Getty Villa; and has worked as a private chef and caterer. In 2007, Maite founded ArtBites, art and culinary history combined with hands-on cooking instruction, which she teaches at museums across the country. Maite has been a guest on the Today Show, featured in Food & Wine magazine and interviewed on NPR's Splendid Table.  

Since opening the first Lotería Grill at The Original Farmers' Market Los Angeles in 2002, Chef/Owner Jimmy Shaw has created a nationally renowned restaurant empire built on the idea of el futuro antojo, the future craving, with his authentic take on Mexican flavors. Lotería Grill has five locations throughout Los Angeles.

Refunds will be issued if cancellation is made at least 48 hours prior to the event. Cancellations made within 48 hours of the event will not be refunded.


Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (View)
5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
United States


Arts > Visual
Education > Classes
Education > Tours

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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