Chocolate, Art and History – A Valentine’s Day Celebration


If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your special loved one, here’s an event that’s sure to satisfy. Weaving together chocolate, art and history, Maite Gomez-Rejon, founder of ArtBites, will take you on a culinary journey that traces the history of chocolate as seen through LACMA’s collection of ancient Mayan, colonial and European art. The group will then head to Loteria Grill Hollywood to enjoy a delicious three-course lunch prepared by Executive Chef Jimmy Shaw, complete with Mexican hot chocolate and churros. Yum!!

While I have never spent Valentine’s Day in quite this way, I’m confident that Gomez-Rejon will leave you and your partner feeling thankful that she has devised such a creative way to bring together food and art in the spirit of the holiday. I say that because a group of friends and I participated in an ArtBites tour and culinary experience several years ago. Needless to say, everyone had a great time. We learned about the history of ancient Greece through artworks in LACMA’s collection and followed that up by sharing an exceptionally tasty meal made with ingredients from the Mediterranean region. We all went home will full bellies and a tad more knowledgeable than we were before. What a perfect way to spend time together.


Maite Gomez-Rejon of ArtBites leading a tour at LACMA.


When: Sunday, February 16 at 12:00pm

Where: Class will meet in front of LACMA’s Art of the Americas building, located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles.

Lunch immediately follows at Loteria Grill Hollywood, located at 6627 Hollywood Blvd. You can find the lunch menu here.

Cost: $80 ($83.79 w/service fee) includes museum admission, tour and valet parking at Loteria Grill, but does not include museum parking or beverages.

Reservations: Make them online here.