Tuesday 17 April, 2012

Is Food Art?

Roy Choi is described as an "artist" in the official slug of this photo. So that must settle it, right? (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)

That seems like a silly question, but it's one I imagine many will be asking as Chef Roy Choi, the man who revolutionized food trucks in LA (setting off a huge craze) with the original Kogi BBQ way back when, joins Beastie Boy Mike D's Transmission LA: AV Club at the Geffen Contemporary from April 19-28th.

Of course, if you have been paying attention, you know Choi has added to his repertoire significantly with the bricks-and-mortar Chego (fusion bowls), A-Frame (modern picnic), Sunny Spot (umm, more fusion) and a Kogi Kitchen at the Alibi Room. I think he does something at The Brig too, and recently I heard he was writing a memoir(?)

Roy Choi is described as an "artist" in the official slug of this photo. So that must settle it, right? (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)

Last time I checked, Mike was a certified Vegan/Macrobiotic, so it's interesting that he chose to work with a chef best known for hustling beef (those Short Rib tacos!). Regardless, I can attest that the new Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer has always had an appreciation of good food, even if that definition might have once included Papaya King. I once had a catered vegan meal backstage at a Beasties show that was almost life changing. No, really. So I'll be shocked if some kind of tofu/tempeh action isn't in evidence.

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And by the way, if you're scoffing that Mike D is curating an art event, let me note that he was raised by fine art/furniture dealers. He knows his way around a museum. #justsayin

Note that Mercedes-Benz is sponsoring the 17-day event. Which, for all of you cultural types keeping track, means that Indie Political Correctness is officially dead and buried. ;-)

But don't think I'm whining, because hey, that means it's FREE (the art, not the food).

More about Transmission LA: AV Club here

Kogi BBQ


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