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The Art of the Meal: A Grassroots Gallery Grows in Brooklyn

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The Art of the Meal: A Grassroots Gallery Grows in Brooklyn

Zehra Khan

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On an unassuming street in Brooklyn, the arts and good eats are now served together.

It’s there in the home of childhood friends Leah Rinaldi, a pastry chef at Pure Food & Wine, and Jewish Museum curatorial assistant Rebecca Pristoop that the grassroots gallery flatbreadaffair (yep, one word, all lower case) has been born.

Last night guests were treated to a seven-course gourmet vegetarian meal prepared by Rinaldi, while taking in Provincetown-based artist Zehra Khan’s installation, “Beastly Habits, “ featuring images of herself and her boyfriend intricately disguised as rodents.

"I just got back from living in Bali for two-and-a-half years and came back with this idea that I feel really passionate about throwing dinner parties,”  Rinaldi told Niteside.  “Rebecca feels passionate about art and curating art shows. We love bridging the gap between professional and personal.”

Though the two twenty-something women have only hosted two evenings so far, the response has already been gratifying.

“People are really excited,” Rinaldi said.  “They respond really well to our space, our concept and us. It’s a lot of fun.”  

The artists are enjoying the new space, too.

“I really believe in the underground, do-it-yourself gallery movement,” Khan, who was selling prints for $900, said. “It’s anti-establishment.”

A typical flatbreadaffair event -- if such a thing exists – opens with a cocktail reception and hors d'oeuvres, followed a week or so later by an intimate homemade dinner. The price is $85, though it's considered a “suggested donation.”

The gallery is already booked through February, with each exhibition lasting about a month. Visits on non-event evenings can be made by appointment.

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