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Wolvesmouth Plans Five-Month Dinner Residency at MoCA in Little Tokyo

The avant garde dinner series is getting artsy.

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Big new news for anyone following Wolvesmouth, the long-running dinner series put on by chef Craig Thornton in the Arts District: there’s a new concept dinner coming your way. Launching in late March, Wolvesmouth: Taxa will take over a portion of the The Geffen Contemporary Museum of Contemporary Art in Little Tokyo, rolling out a series of nine-course dinners for paying customers.

The events are meant to be a multi-sensory experience, combining the existing installations at MoCA with Thornton’s own brand of highly stylized cooking and plating. Dinners will run $225 a pop and run for two or three nights a week, usually with at least two seatings per night. Purchasing a ticket gets entry into the larger MoCA building, as well as the dinner, and guests there is no cap on the number of individual tickets that guests can buy. Unlike the perennially backed-up guest list for the original Wolvesmouth, you can easily pay your way into Taxa.

This isn’t the first time that Thornton has branched out from his original mission statement to serve unique and interesting dinners from his Downtown loft apartment. After years of great press and high-profile diners, Thornton last summer debuted a scaled down seafood-driven series called Sharksteeth, and has worked in the past with companies to expand on the location and availability of his highly coveted dinners. Now with Taxa, anyone with the funds can get in, and experience a bit of art in the process. Everyone’s staying pretty mum on just how intertwined the world of art installation and food will overlap, but expect a showy event with music, food, and more.

Want to get in and find out for yourself? You can snag tickets here (some dates are already sold out, so hurry up). The Wolvesmouth: Taxa dinners run through July.

The Geffen Contemporary (MoCA)

152 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 626-6222