In 2013, Catalan Chef Ferran Adrià, the man once hailed as the “Salvidor Dali of the kitchen” received his own art exhibit to demonstrate the deep roots intertwined between artistic expression and culinary skills. In 2017, Mass Foodies declared food the “utmost undervalued form of artistic expression in the history of art,” in its #FoodisArt series. Fast forward to 2018 and the connection between the two industries are stronger than ever, as the correlation of culinary expression has finally reached the second largest city in New England: Worcester, thanks to a partnership between Discover Central MA and ArtWeek.

ArtWeek, an award-winning innovative festival featuring hundreds of unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process, has arrived in Worcester and Mass Foodies is excited to help participate and urge Worcester-area chefs to “find their muse.”

Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek is designed to drive neighborhood economic impact and build awareness of the area’s creative economy in Boston. In four years, ArtWeek has morphed from a downtown celebration of historic theatres into a statewide festival introducing, Art of Food, an ArtWeek initiative recognizing the diversity and beauty of art through conceiving, creating, and constructing meaningful food items to bring the community together. During ArtWeek, restaurants and chefs are encouraged to create specialty dishes and cocktails that are inspired by art, in an attempt to tap into the creative genius behind the hospitality and restaurant sector. In Central Massachusetts, ArtWeek is a natural way for Worcester’s evolving culinary scene to show how some of the commonwealth’s most talented chefs can interpret fine art pieces through creative plating.

If you are a restaurant, bartender, or chef who would like to join us ArtWeek this season as they make their way through central Massachusetts, then submit your applications here no later than April 3rd. Have questions about the application or Art of Food in general? Contact Discover Central Massachusetts at info@discovercentralma.org or 508-753-1550 , who is spearheading the movement for the region.

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Jackie Cohen, Real Estate Agent & Accredited Staging Professional