Over the weekend, the hubs and I were lucky enough to attend Eat. Drink. Art. over at Barnsdall Park in Los Angeles. First, I want you to know that this park was an incredible find in the Los Angeles landscape. It seriously had some of the best views of the city that I have ever seen so that would have made attending this event more than worth it not including the wonderful interactive art event.
A Kaleidoscope of the Senses, The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery’s multifaceted fundraiser invites Angelenos to tempt their palettes with delectable food, artisanal spirits and a stimulating celebration of art in all its forms.
That was the blurb I received about the event before attending, and I can tell you that it did not disappoint. I even had the best hot dog I’ve ever had in my life. Before you start saying having those as a pregnant lady is bad, I’ll let you know that it was 100% grass-fed beef that was all organic.
When we arrived, it was obvious we were at the right place. This is always an important part of an event. I mostly took the picture of the sign due to the vibrancy of the colors. I’m a huge fan of pinks, yellows, and aquas as most of you probably know by now. It just makes things pop. The event was called a kaleidoscope of the senses so I love that the entryway plays with that a little as well. It was perfect branding.
No evening for this blog would be complete without making my hubs stand in front of some signage. I would have submitted myself to it, but he does it so much better. Plus, I like to feature the man who noticed the error in all the social media signs around the building. This was the biggest and only real faux pas from the event. I know that no media corporation wants this to happen to them, but it was honestly a really easy mistake. We just found it amusing.
The event had live painting. I wish I had taken a before shot of this canvas, but I somehow missed it. There were two artists working here. Annie Preece and Jules Muck were taking turns between two canvases. One of them painting a wild array of things that didn’t really seem to have any cohesive idea while the other painted a more traditional view. This canvas went from the wild array to this in what seemed like no time at all.
I was mostly mesmerized watching her work. She moved so quickly and everything was coming together so perfectly. I was a little bit jealous. I can’t draw, paint, etc. My brother was the one who was blessed with that skill. It’s okay though I can run this blog and crochet to my little hearts content. We all have our talents, right?
Behind the wall of live painting, there was an entire room dedicated to street/graffiti art. You could pick up the neon colored glow in the dark style tape and place it on the wall to make any art you desired. I loved the quote featured above. It made me think of all the people who weren’t there with us and would have wholly enjoyed the experience. It is always wonderful to be a part of the art community.
I couldn’t stay in the room for very long myself so I didn’t put anything on the wall. The smell was a bit much for my pregnant self. I’m still super sensitive to that kind of thing after all. It was however wonderful to look at the things others created. I almost couldn’t believe the sheer sense of imagination and ability with the tape.
There was a clay throwing/pottery room as well. I didn’t really get to see much action in here. Every time we went in there wasn’t really anyone participating. It was just bad timing on our part. The room next door to this one was nude sketching. I skipped taking photos of this, because it felt intrusive even though there was no genitalia out and about when I was in the room.
Once we had visited all the rooms multiple times, it was on to food. I was starving as you can imagine. I’ll say that there wasn’t a wide array of selection when it came to the food trucks, but it was a small space. I missed having the typical LA staples like the Grilled Cheese or Koji trucks, but I certainly wasn’t disappointed by what we actually ate so maybe it was for the best.
I’m only going to discuss places we actually ate even though there were more options. I don’t like to talk about food I haven’t actually tasted. Of course I wish I hadn’t been so hungry that I forgot to take pictures of the actual food!
Let’s Be Frank seriously had the best hotdog I have ever tried in my life. It had the perfect snap and then the perfect taste to every bite. I had mine with sautéed onions, mustard, and relish. It was heavenly. This momma tends to crave hot dogs so I’ve already been tracking down where the truck, cart can be found again. The good news is the truck is at the Helms Bakery Complex a lot, and I really want to try Sherry Yard’s cookies again.
We also settled on a bite from Flat Iron. We had bacon mac and cheese. I’ll admit to being disappointed. I wanted some crunch to my bacon folks. I wanted to love these, but I just didn’t. I’m sure there are other things on their menu that really bring home the punch, but I can’t say since I didn’t try them. I’d just avoid the bacon mac and cheese unless you’re a fan of chewy bacon.
My two cents on the Eat. Drink. Art. event is that it was fabulous. It was a really great time. We walked around meeting and talking to people who also enjoy art. We ate good food. We danced. I can’t think of a much better way to spend a Saturday night.