November 3, 2011

Join artist Caroline Mak at this tasting event featuring local, artist-made food items presented during the Dumbo 1st Thursday Gallery Walk. Enjoy tastes of honey from Peter Nadin's upstate farm, virgin chocolates from Raaka Chocolate, ginger syrup from Morris Kitchen, and more.

BAC Gallery
111 Front Street, 
DUMBO, Brooklyn

Making art and making food have always been interrelated disciplines. For artist Caroline Mak, co-founder of Brooklyn Soda Works, whose site-specific installation Chain Reaction is now on-view in BAC Gallery, both the acts of creating food and art have an element of futility. The practice of making is long and labor intensive, all for the creation of objects that are consumed (or not at all) in the space of seconds by a ravenous yet sometimes indifferent public. Why then, are some people drawn to both of these careers? In this tasting event curated by the artist, a sampling of food items by a variety of these makers (some of whom may be better known to the general public by their work in food) will be available to the public. Rather than focusing on artists who use food as a medium, there will be a range of artists, some of whom may not consider their trades particularly related to those whose work in the food world sprung naturally from their experiences in the art world. Whatever the reason, and however you may or may not see the hand of the artist present in these edibles, it promises to be an evening of deliciousness.


  • Ginger syrup by Morris Kitchen. Kari Morris studied painting at California College of the Arts and has worked organizing art fairs, and continues to develop recipes for Morris Kitchen.
  • Honey from Peter Nadin's farm, Old Field Farm. Peter is a renowned artist who has exhibited his work worldwide, including a recent show at Gavin Brown?s Enterprise. Old Field Farm in the Catskills consists of 150 acres with a wild bee pasture.
  • Chocolates by Nathan Hodges of Raaka Chocolate. Nathan is an accomplished song writer and lead singer for the band Tall Stranger.
  • Salsa by Matt Burns of The Brooklyn Salsa Company. Matt is a classically trained actor who works in film, television and theater.
  • Soda by Caroline Mak of Brooklyn Soda WorksBrooklyn Soda Works was formed by an artist and a chemist in 2010. Fresh seasonal fruits and herbs are used to create flavor combinations such as Concord grape & fennel; and strawberry, hops & pink peppercorn. Their love of making things by hand and of experimentation are key components of the company.
  • Mini zines that will map the connections between two works of art and the dishes made by Eleanor Whitney and Tracy Candido of Eat Art NYC. Tracy has extensive experience organizing exhibitions and public programs and is also the Director of the Community Cooking Club, a collaborative cooking and eating event. Eleanor is a Brooklyn-based arts administrator and educator, musician and writer, as well as a museum educator who has worked at the Brooklyn Museum and Rubin Museum.
  • Kombucha by Rich Awn, one of the founders of Mombucha, a company that creates small hand crafted batches of kombucha using recipes handed down from Rich's grandmother. Rich is also a performance artist and jester, and can be seen and heard inserting himself into various mainstream media outlets.
  • Cookies by Amelia Coulter of Sugarbuilt. Amelia Coulter is a trained sculptor and is the founder of Sugarbuilt. She creates edible lush cookies that reference art & architecture as well as regionally specific traditions & objects.