About the Class
Curated by professional chef + level 3 Sommelier Mindy Trafman
Featuring artist Michael Belmore
Join us for the 5th installment of our boutique dinners in the Gallery at the SCA co-created by esteemed chef and level 3 Sommelier – SCA’s 2023 Creative Fellow Mindy Trafman. These intimate dine-in experiences weave together the wonders and delights of culinary and visual arts, community, and traditions. Each dinner features a special guest, this dinner featuring our fall exhibition artist, Michael Belmore.
The menu is carefully curated to reflect our artists’ roots and traditions with inventive dishes and drinks. Dinners include 6-courses of unique plates and are expertly paired with flavorful cocktails/mocktails and beautiful wines.
During dinner, guests will enjoy sharing stories directly with the professional artist and other guests. Conversations will be sparked and influenced by the topics covered in the artists’ work. This one of a kind evening will include personalized flavors inspired by history, culture, family, nature, and art – with food at its core.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Michael Belmore utilizes a variety of materials and processes that at times may seem disjointed, yet, the reality is that together his work and processes speak about the environment, about land, about water, and what it is to be Anishinaabe. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art & Design, he completed his Masters of Fine Art at the University of Ottawa in 2019.
Practicing for over 25 years, Belmore is an internationally recognized artist and is represented in the permanent collections of various institutions including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the National Museum of the American Indian – Smithsonian Institute. Belmore is a member of Unsettled Ground Artists Inc and is currently involved in the creation of a multi-year public art project for four light rail stations as part of Phase 2 of Ottawa Light Rail. His exhibitions include: Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON, Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art at the Peabody Essex in Salem, MA and HIDE: Skin as Material and Metaphor at the National Museum of the American Indian – George Gustav Heye Centre in New York.
Seemingly small things, simple things, inspire his work; the swing of a hammer, the warmth of a fire, the persistence of waves on a shore. Through the insinuation of these actions, a much larger consequence is inferred.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mindy Trafman is an acclaimed chef and owner of Somm & Seeds catering company. Her past work includes Isabel’s Market + Eatery and Coast 236. Working as a chef, level 3 sommelier and educator, Mindy brings a wealth of knowledge and culinary experience to the table!