The culinary arts will get some attention alongside the fine arts at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) (1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, 504-658-4100; www.noma.org) thanks to an annual summer cooking series that resumes this week.
The series, called Art You Can Eat, will be held each Friday from June 7 to Aug. 2 in conjunction with the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group, which operates Cafe NOMA inside the museum. Recently Travel + Leisure magazine ranked that cafe among the top 12 museum restaurants in the country.
Art You Can Eat events begin at 6 p.m. and are free with paid museum admission. Cafe NOMA offers drink specials during the events, including $15 bottles of wine and $5 cocktails.
This year's series has an international theme that follows NOMA's current exhibition, Inventing the Modern World, an exploration of the decorative arts of world fairs. For each edition, a chef from a Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group property will lead a demonstration of culinary trends, traditions and influences related to one of the host countries featured in the exhibition.
The series begins this Friday with "Coast to Coast: In Celebration of Chilean Seafood," led by Red Fish Grill chef Austin Kirzner and continues on June 14 with "Irish New Orleans Family Cooking Traditions," led by Chip Flanagan of Ralph's on the Park. Visit www.cafenoma.com for full schedule.