Project Description

Culinaria Dinner Series

Chef: Dan Grill of Screen Door Restaurant
March 14th, 2016


Culinaria continues its successful third season of this chef-driven dinner series, bringing food lovers and art lovers together around the table at Disjecta in support of the Curator-in-Residence program. Disjecta is known for its mission to support artists and engage communities by exhibiting the best contemporary art in Portland, in one of the city’s most stunning spaces. The Culinaria dinner series opens an intimate portal into the creativity of both the kitchen and the gallery, highlighting what culinary leaders and art at Disjecta have in common—concept, vision and execution. Seating for this dinner is limited to just 35 guests. Previous dinners have sold out; all dinners directly support the Curator-in-Residence program.

Guests will have an opportunity to meet Chef Dan Grill and dine with 2015-16 Curator-in-Residence Chiara Giovando, the artists, and Disjecta Director Bryan Suereth. A cocktail tour of the exhibition with Giovando starts off the evening.

Price includes exhibition tour, dinner, beverages (including cocktails, wine and beer) and gratuities. 21+ only. Dinners are held on the Monday night following opening receptions in our 3,500 square foot exhibition space.

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The Music That Makes Us is an exhibition presented by the Art and Social Practice MFA Program in collaboration with musically-inclined partners from Kenton, the neighborhood surrounding Disjecta. A cross-section of community members have been invited to expand their musical practice and collaborate on an installation of ephemera that explores the broad range of musical experiences in the neighborhood. Throughout the exhibition there will be programmed events, including temporary rehearsal space, music lessons, and a guided audio tour exploring public space through personal histories. The project culminates with a closing reception/festival of performances by the musicians featured in the exhibition, ranging from local church and school choirs to bands and individual artists. The Music That Makes Us investigates a neighborhood through its music, and emphasizes the value of diverse musical expression within a community.

This exhibition is part of the Season 5 Curator-in-Residence program, Sound is Matter, curated by Chiara Giovando. Exhibition design in collaboration with Neil Doshi.


Before becoming Chef de Cuisine at the widely popular Screen Door Restaurant, Dan Grill worked with Kevin Gibson at Evoe. He is no stranger to stepping outside his culinary comfort zone, participating in a pop-up restaurant opportunity at Gibson’s award-winning Davenport for which he created a special “coastal bistro menu”. Dan will present a new custom menu for this Culinaria dinner inspired by the final exhibition of the 2015-16 Curator-in-Residence program.




Drinks & exhibtion viewing with the curator at 6:30
seating promptly at 7:15

21+ only


$125 per person

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