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Sriracha, Tapatio Art Exhibit Showing Now in Chinatown

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Only in L.A. could an entire art exhibition be centered around two of this city's iconic hot sauces: Sriracha and Tapatio. From tonight until June 12, the Chinese-American Museum is hosting L.A. Heat: Taste Changing Condiments from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with curated artwork from diverse backgrounds who discuss "notions of identity, community, and foodways."

Tapatio started in L.A. in 1971 by immigrant Jose-Luis Saavedra while Sriracha got its humble beginning in Chinatown in 1983 by David Tran, who went on to found Hong Fuy Foods. The two condiments now rival the popularity (at least culturally) of ketchup and mustard for the generation. Who know sauce could be so, artsy? [EaterWire]

Chinese American Museum

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