Two Good Reasons for Foodies (and History Buffs) to Visit the Bay Area Soon


If you’re game for a road trip, there are two events in the Bay Area you won’t want to miss:

Around the Table: Food, Creativity, Community

The San Jose Museum of Art is featuring a fascinating exhibition called “Around the Table: Food, Creativity, Community” which celebrates and explores the role that food plays in our lives. From the museum’s website: “The agricultural bounty of our region has brought waves of immigration (Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Mexican, Vietnamese) and shaped a rich history of cultural diversity, which today we share in part via food. From food trucks to molecular gastronomy, food helps define the Bay Area’s communities.” The exhibit runs through April 20, and features an interactive gallery where visitors will find hands-on activities, documentary film and audio, which include:

Give us This Day Our Daily Bread: Commemorates San Jose’s early Chinese immigrants and uncovers the little known history of the Market Street Chinatown, founded in the 1860s.
Recipe Stories: What food reminds you of home? What food do you bring to friends in times of need?
Use Your Noodle: Explore food facts and food lies. Learn about healthy eating and food choices.
Hidden Kitchens: Hear the unexpected stories about below-the-radar cooking, legendary meals, and eating traditions from NPR’s Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva.

For more information about the exhibit, visit the San Jose Museum of Art’s website.

Urban Olfactory: What Does History Smell Like?

Visit the San Francisco SPUR Urban Center Gallery for an aromatic walk through history. The Mission Street gallery is hosting an exhibit called Urban Olfactory: What Does History Smell Like? through Monday, March 31 that offers a unique “olfactory odyssey through landscapes, both agrarian and urban.” Over the past decade, notes the gallery’s website, “historians, preservationists, architects and artists have experimented with scents to record, represent and reconstruct historical buildings, interiors and cities.” Visitors’ sniffing opportunities include a 21st century Rotterdam, “sweetened with aromas of its river,” to the “foul stench of an early 18th century Paris.” The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information visit SPUR’s website