Project Description

Culinaria Dinner Series SOLD OUT

March 16th, 2015

Culinaria EAT | ART @ DISJECTA continues its successful second 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.

Culinaria has a blog! 
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.

For our final dinner of the season, Chef Johanna Ware of Smallwares will be presenting a uniquely collaborated multiple course dinner to highlight the featured solo exhibition of Andy Coolquitt. Chef Ware and her staff will be staging their own simultaneous production—the kitchen prepares the meal in full view, interacting with the guests as each course is served and providing insider perspective as to its origin. Guests will have an opportunity to meet Chef Ware, 2014/15 Curator-in-Residence Rachel Adams, Disjecta Director Bryan Suereth, and artist Andy Coolquitt.

Seating for this dinner is limited to just 40 guests. Price includes exhibition tour, dinner, and beverages including wine and beer. 21+ only. Dinners are held on the Monday night following opening receptions in our 3,500 square foot exhibition space. Next season’s dinner dates and chefs will be updated on our website and the Culinaria Blog

Participants will have the opportunity to meet with curator Rachel Adams, the guest chef, Disjecta director Bryan Suereth and artists participating in the exhibitions.

A native of Chicago, Johanna Ware cooked her way through the University of Oregon and promptly moved to New York to pursue cooking professionally. She worked her way up at Public Restaurant to sous chef, then joined the Momofuku team in 2006. After stints at Noodle Bar and Ssam Bar as sous chef, Johanna returned to Portland. She worked as sous chef at Nostrana before opening Smallwares in 2012. Since Smallwares opened, she has been Eater’s Chef of the Year, and has been nominated as a Food & Wine People’s Best New Chef in 2013 and 2014. Smallwares was Willamette Week’s Best Restaurant runner up in 2012.

Rachel Adams is an independent curator and writer based in Austin. From 2010 to 2013, she was the Associate Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at The Contemporary Austin, curating a number of exhibitions and video projects, including exhibitions with Seher Shah, Amie Siegel and Ragnar Kjartansson. Prior to moving to Texas, Adams lived in San Francisco and Chicago, curating at Queens Nails Projects and David Cunningham Projects in San Francisco and co-directing Lloyd Dobler Gallery in Chicago from 2006-2008. Her writing has been included in, Arts + Culture TexasArt PracticalModern Painters, and Texas Architect. Adams holds an MA in Exhibition and Museum Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Andy Coolquitt (b. 1964) is perhaps most widely known for a house, a performance/studio/ domestic space that began as his master’s thesis project at the University of Texas at Austin in 1994, and continues to the present day. In April and May of this year, Coolquitt had an artist-in-residency at the Chinati Foundation, which culminated with an exhibition, Multi-Marfa Room, at the Locker Plant in Marfa, Texas. Recent exhibitions include Burn these eyes captain, and throw them all in the sea! at Rodeo Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey; The Ghost of Architecture: Recent and Promised Gifts at Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle; and Illuminations at Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles.

Chefs can often substitute different ingredients and offer other food options. Please email your dietary requirements to by Thursday afternoon prior to the event date. 




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


$100 per person

Sold Out. To be placed on the wait list please email
21+ only