The day is coming when a single carrot freshly observed will set off a revolution. -Paul Cezanne
And so enters Royal/T Café, the eclectic teahouse in downtown Culver City, which debuts its latest art exhibit, “The Art of Cooking,” on April 27, 2012.
Whether or not the exhibit will set off a revolution we’re not sure, but it’s certainly going to be a scene. Set inside the ever-peculiar art-meets-café space called Royal/T, “The Art of Cooking” gives the culinarily curious a chance to come observe all things food from the artist’s perspective. Some humorous, some cultural, some simply honoring the hunger in all of us, each work presented will give us a taste of how we view and interact with food.
There will be spaghetti paintings, floating donuts, multi-dimensional beer cans, and hot dog-jeweled clothing. The event’s curator Hanne Mugaas (who herself comes from a family of professional gourmands) says of the event, “This exhibition is meant to celebrate food—no matter if it is a gourmet meal, a donut, or a slice of toast with marmalade.”
We’re with ya there, Hanne. And we’ll maybe want one of those floating donuts to go.
Should you come to the exhibit with an appetite (or develop one while you’re there), you needn’t travel far to squelch your hunger. The café (which shares the building with the art space) features fresh, Japanese and California cuisine with a kitschy “Lolita-esque” flare. There’s an extensive collection of gourmet tea leaves to select from—paying homage to the Japanese influences—as well as a large food menu, with options ranging from chicken katsu to brioche French toast. (Don’t miss their Sunday champagne brunches, either, which run weekly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
“The Art of Cooking” runs at Royal/T Café from Friday, April 27 through August 2012.
8910 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Image titled “Cherrios” by Lucien Smith; courtesy of Wagstaff Worldwide, Inc.