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Drexel Hosts Fresh Artists' Palates to Palettes Program for Art Show and Reception

March 18, 2014

art show

Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management recently hosted a select group of 7th grade students from the Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School for a unique event featuring both culinary and fine arts.  The students are who are in the Fresh Artists’ Palates-to-Palettes program visited Drexel’s campus for  a student art show, a tour of Drexel’s fine art studios and a culinary demonstration and lunch in the Academic Bistro.

Deva Watson, lead art teacher and co-designer of Palates-to-Palettes, curated the art show which showcased a dichotomy of different mediums including acrylics, oils, pastels and photographic images.  The art work was a combination of professional photography done by acclaimed photographers as well as the student's own work. The photographs were taken at previous Palates-to-Palettes events at Bistrot La Minette, Vernick Food and Drink and Pub and Kitchen.  

art show

Westphal College’s Art Department provided a tour of the fine art studios and an opportunity to visit with their students during a class.

In the kitchen, Steve Eckard, chef of Little Fish, provided a culinary demonstration featuring a fresh herb vinaigrette that was later used by Chef Mike Traud, assistant professor and director of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management in the lunch he prepared for the students.

kids at art show

The event was organized by Traud and Watson after discussing a possible collaboration during the Philly Chef Conference hosted by Drexel. Others in attendance included former Inquirer Food Editor Rick Nichols, chefs Peter Woolsey of Bistrot La Minette, Greg Vernick of Vernick Food and Drink, Eli Collins of Pub and Kitchen and Jon Cichon of Lacoix as well as The Fat Ham general manager Ben Fileccia.