In this Taste of Art program we travel south to explore a traditional Mexican mole recipe and learn about the significance and impact of the artist Frida Kahlo. Kahlo was a surrealist Mexican painter whose art focused on gender, class and race through the lens of her experiences, challenges and adventures. She was known for hosting large dinner parties and her cookbook features several variations of mole. Inspired by the various mole recipes included in Frida's cookbook, Maite Gomez-Rejón of ArtBites will walk us through how to create Enmoladas (Mole Enchiladas) using our own version of this traditional Mexican sauce and its historical ingredients that are rooted in Indigenous Aztec culture.
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.
This event was held on November 30, 2022.