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Trammell Crow teams up to build first museum dedicated to Mexican food

Firms on La Plaza Cocina in Downtown also include High Street Residential and Principal Real Estate
By Gregory Cornfield | November 26, 2018 12:00PM

La Plaza Cocina is set to open with special programming next year. (Courtesy of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes)(From left: John Echeveste and Gloria Molina)

Any true Angeleno will tell you one of the biggest parts of Los Angeles culture and cuisine is its Mexican food. Now, the city plans to honor that contribution.

A museum dedicated specifically to Mexican food will open next year Downtown, at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, at 501 North Main Street, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Called La Plaza Cocina, it will be the first such museum and teaching kitchen in the United States.

The development team includes Trammell Crow Company, High Street Residential, the Principal Real Estate Investors, LA Plaza, Cesar Chavez Foundation and L.A. County. The 2,500-square-foot project is an expansion of Trammell Crow’s La Plaza Cultura Village, a $140-million mixed-use complex that has 355 apartments.

The programming will include exhibits, classes, lectures, demonstrations and a state-of-the-art test kitchen for hands-on lessons with professional chefs.

The site will also come with rentable space for meetings, events and pop-up restaurants, as well as leasable space for Mexican food vendors that will feature audiovisual capabilities for broadcasts.

The museum’s calendar for next year already includes a meet-and-greet event with published chefs and other events. An interactive mixology class featuring mezcal cocktails, and a cooking class centered on food geared for Christmas will also be offered. [THR]Gregory Cornfield