Cur-ATE: A Vegan Adventure to Japan
December 8 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm| $100 and up
Enjoy a special evening dedicated to the love of food and art while exploring LACMA.
Start this fun evening with a tour of the exhibition “Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art,” which celebrates one of the most distinctive aspects of Japanese art: the depiction of animals. Underpinned by Japan’s spiritual heritage of Shintō and Buddhism, the Japanese reverence for nature—and the place of animals within that realm—is expressed in a variety of artworks. You will find artistic representations of animals real and imagined, including lions, dogs, cats, fish, insects, dragons, and phoenixes. Learn about the various roles animals have played in Japanese culture.
Then move to Ray’s & Stark Bar to enjoy a creative vegan Japanese dinner specially designed by executive chef Phillip Martin, featuring seasonal ingredients. The vegan menu is inspired by the Buddhist ritual of releasing captured animals that was practiced in Japan.
5:30–6:30 pm | Tour led by Maite Gomez-Rejón
6:30–8 pm | Dinner at Ray’s & Stark Bar
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
Image credit: Kanō Eitai, Hōjō-e Ritual of Releasing Captured Animals, Birds, and Fish (detail), late Edo period (1615–1868), early 19th century, private collection