Taste of Art: The multi-layered cuisine and culture of Puerto Rico with Kellyn Foundation & ArtBites
- October 7, 2022 3:00PM to 6:00PM
Puerto Rican culture and cuisine is a unique blend indigenous of Taino Arawak, Spanish, African and American ingredients and techniques. The exotic flavors and combinations include a focus on native ingredients such as the plantain, root vegetables, and adobo spices. Join Kellyn Foundation and ArtBites as we explore the classic Puerto Rican recipes of Mofongo and Sofrito with a contemporary and vegetarian flair. Learn about the culinary history and influence that shaped this recipe. We will also explore the work of Nuyorícan conceptual artist, photo documentarian and visual satirist ADÁL (Adal Maldonado) from the collection at Lehigh University Art Galleries. ADÁL was born in the mountains of PR and then moved to the Bronx with his family at a young age. His work addresses his fluid identity between Nuyorícan and Puerto Rican, the Puerto Rican diaspora in New York, the political status of Puerto Rico, and the perception of Puerto Rico abroad.
A limited number of Taste of Art kits will be available for pick-up at the Greenway Farmers Market on Fri., September 30 and October 7 from 3-6 pm located on the South Bethlehem Greenway (between 3rd & 4th Streets) near Webster Street. Each kit includes plantains for the Mofongo and adobo seasoning. To reserve your kit in advance, please register for the Taste of Art program or contact email@example.com.
Taste of Art weaves culture and history together by pairing cuisine and recipes from the local SouthSide Bethlehem community with works of art from LUAG’s permanent collection. Through interactive lectures, DIY- at-home tastings, storytelling, and discussion, individuals of all ages and backgrounds will experience the intersection of art, cultural heritage, and cuisine. Interactive lectures and cooking demos are offered in partnership with Maite Gomez-Rejon of ArtBites: Cooking Art History.
Maite Gomez-Rejón is the founder of ArtBites. She has dedicated her career to exploring the nexus of art and culinary history through lectures, cooking classes, and tastings presented in museums across the country and through videos on her YouTube channel – ArtBites: Cooking Art History. 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. She 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 also a contributor to Life & Thyme, Eaten Magazine, Gastro Obscura, and other publications. Her essay, “Mexico's Early Cookbooks,” appears in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History. For more information visit artbites.net.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, American Rescue Plan for Museums and Libraries.