Art Bites!

Oct 11, 2012

Maite Gomez-Rejón; photo courtesy of

No, no, art does not “bite,” in the urban slang sense of the word.

To clarify, Maite Gomez-Rejón is back on the West Coast after a series of sold out classes in New York City and is leading a swarm of new classes: “Art Bites: Cooking Art History.”

After earning an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Maite moved to NYC and began a career in museum education. An interest in culinary history led her to complete the Culinary Arts Program at the French Culinary Institute. She proceeded to get on-the-job training in restaurants in France and Mexico.

Photo by Cary Conover

“In 2003, Maite combined her love of fine art and culinary art in a class she designed for the Metropolitan Museum of Art entitled ‘Art and Food: Looking and Cooking.’ There, she traced the history of food as seen through the museum’s collection and topped it off with a cooking component. It was a resounding success….”

In the years since, Maite has been lecturing, teaching, and cooking at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Met, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and locally at our own Norton Simon.

Maite’s first local class “Jefferson in Monticello” is already sold out, but there is still plenty of opportunity, starting with “Rennaissance & Baroque Periods” at the Huntington Library on November 3rd, followed by Cur-ATE: Italian Art & Gastronomy at LACMA on November 12th and 13th.

Photo by Cary Conover

“Rennaissance & Baroque” takes you into the Huntington’s collection of European Renaissance and Baroque paintings and sculptures, then the class “heads to the kitchen to prepare a contemporary meal inspired by period cookbooks.”

“An American in Germany” will be offered in December at the Huntington, allowing a viewing of American artist Marsden Hartley‘s silverpoint drawings in the Bavarian Alps in the 1930’s, followed by the preparation and partaking of a traditional German meal.

“Often described as a cross between Rachael Ray and Sister Wendy, Maite founded ArtBites in 2007 in an effort to combine her two passions. Her blog, Cooking Art History, appears in the Huffington Post.”

Art Bites: Cooking Art History
For classes at the Huntington, call 626.405.2128 to register (members, $80; non-members, $90).
For classes at LACMA, visit



2 Responses for “Art Bites!”

  1. dena silver says:

    This is a great article. Having taken an Artbites class in Philadelphia, I can attest to Maite’s expertise. As a teacher and a cook, she is welcoming and friendly. She creates an atmosphere easy for asking questions. “An American in Germany” looks fascinating.

  2. Kat Ward says:

    Thanks for the feedback, Dena. It’s good to have personal testimony on the quality of Maite’s classes. We would have a hard time figuring out which class to choose!



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