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Experimental Quesadilla Lab


Pop-up kitchen and discussion space

Various sites around California

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The Experimental Quesadilla Lab, a popup kitchen and recipe exchange, centers the quesadilla to create discussion about colonialism, food injustice, health, Chicanx/Latinx and California identity by using cheeses, tortillas and other foods available in the neighborhood of the site. Participants use a lab slip and quesadilla elements to experiment with their own boundaries of culture and share with others. Accessibility, self-determination, and food as healing are bound into each event.


In 2016-2017, the lab was funded by a grant from Central Valley Community Foundation and sponsored by Fresno Arts Council. It has engaged communities across California at the Firebaugh Farmers Market, the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego and Galería de la Raza in San Francisco.

Previous Sites

2019    Food Day LA 2019, Current LA:Food, Los Angeles City Hall, Los Angeles, CA

2018   Comida es Medicina, Galería de la Raza, San Francisco, CA

Sunday Funday, LA Food Fest, Civic Center Studios, Los Angeles, CA

TAG Workshop, Museum of Contemporary Modern Art San Diego, San Diego, CA

Thickets, Art Space Gallery, Fresno City College, Fresno, CA

2017   Food Day Tulare County, Exeter, CA

Saas-Fww Summer Institute of Art, Spike Art Quarterly, Berlin, Germany

Pico Block Party: Culture Mapping 90404, Santa Monica, CA

Wildwood Multicultural Symposium, Wildwood School, Santa Monica, CA

San Joaquin Farmers Market, San Joaquin, CA

Firebaugh Community Center, Firebaugh, CA

2016   Food Matters, Avenue 50 Studio, Los Angeles, CA

California Arts Council Public Input Meeting, Fresno, CA

2015   Selecto Planta Baja, Los Angeles, CA

2013   Experimental Quesadilla Night, For Your Art, Los Angeles, CA

Spanspek Music and Arts Festival, Orosi, CA

Guest Chefs

Angel Aguirre, Home Cook

Leah Cruz, owner, Love 'N Light Wellness

Delphina Jones, Home Cook

Miriam Martinez, owner, La Jacka Mobile

Sol Orozco, owner, Raizana Tea Company

Sara Ramirez, former Director, Tulare County Food Bank

Guest Chef, Miriam Martinez, of La Jacka Mobile demonstrates how to cut a jackfruit to EQL participants at Firebaugh Community Center. 2017. video by Joseph Rios

EQL as part of Current LA: Food Public Art Triennial for Food Day LA by Los Angeles Food Policy Council at Los Angeles City Hall, 2019

Students from Salinas discuss food accessibility, gentrification and Latinx culture as part of Comida es Medicina at Galería de la Raza, 2018