Crave: Art, Food, & Social Experience

October 5 through January 4, 2013

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCA SB)

653 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 Get directions

(805) 966-5373

Beware the hobby that eats. –Benjamin Franklin

An innovative and dynamic form of cultural hospitality, Crave: Art, Food, & Social Experience comprises a series of artist-orchestrated, themed meals in collaboration with Alvaro Castellanos Rojas and Weston Richards of Spare Parts Guerilla Dining.  From still-life paintings of Renaissance feasts to Rirkrit Tiravanija’s contemporary art performances involving Thai cuisine, Crave stems from a rich tradition of artists considering food to explore aesthetic ideas and encourage critical engagement.  Now more than ever, the politics of how and what we eat are ripe to be examined through the artistic lens.  Crave’s Come to Your Senses Cocktail Party kicks off this series with elements of sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell represented throughout the evening.  To produce intimate exchanges between culinary and visual nourishment,artist Maria Rendón will collaborate with Spare Parts chefs on the Día de los Muertos Dinner, while Nathan Hayden and Hannah Vainstein will imbue the New Year/Clean Slate Dinner with a unique, aesthetic sensibility.


Cocktail party: $55 General Admission/$45 CAF Members

Each dinner: $200 General Admission/$190 CAF Members

Save $15 for all three events: $440 General Admission/$410 CAF Members

To purchase tickets for Crave visit:  Space is limited!

Co-Chairs: Candyce Eoff, Joanie Hudson, and Stevie Mason. Event Committee: Nicole Biergiel, Karla Blancas, Miki Garcia, and Kristin Palmer.

Sponsors as of 08/20/12: Casa Magazine; Candyce Eoff; The Henry Wine Group; Pali Wine Co.; Santa Barbara Independent; and Santa Barbara News-Press.

Come to Your Senses Cocktail Party is presented in association with the Santa Barbara Conference & Visitors Bureau and Film Commission and Santa Barbara Downtown Organization’s


About the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum:  The Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (CAF) is a non-profit, non-collecting alternative art space dedicated to the exhibition, education, and cultivation of the arts of our time. Celebrating its 36th anniversary in 2012, CAF is the premier venue for contemporary art between Los Angeles and San Francisco. CAF is located at the Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center Upper Arts Terrace in downtown Santa Barbara, CA. New in 2012: visit our second location, CAF Satellite @ Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara at 121 State Street! For more information call CAF at (805) 966-5373, or Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara at (805) 966-6586.

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