Art & Artists

The Art of Bringing People Together Through Food

By Mayela Rodriguez
May 11, 2017

Our current Listings Project Artist Feature is New York based artist and entrepreneur, Lisa Gross.

Lisa’s projects as an artist, educator, and social entrepreneur create opportunities for learning, connection, and multi-sensory engagement.

Lisa is the founder/CEO of The League of Kitchens, a social practice art project turned inspiring business. The League of Kitchens is a unique cooking school in NYC where immigrants who are exceptional home cooks teach intimate cooking workshops in their own home kitchens. Participants encounter a new culture, cuisine, and neighborhood with every experience.

As the daughter of a Korean immigrant and a Jewish New Yorker, Lisa was raised on one grandmother’s denjang-guk and the other’s matzoh ball soup. The League of Kitchens is borne out of her passion for New York City, her love of cooking, and her connection to the immigrant experience.

The League of Kitchens has been featured on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Conde Nast Traveler called it “quite possibly the coolest foodie thing to do in NYC whether you’re a visitor or local.” Most recently, The League of Kitchens collaborated with Mission Chinese Food Executive Chef Angela Dimayuga on the dinner for the Creative Time Gala.

Photo by The League of Kitchens

Mayela Rodriguez, our Editorial Designer, works closely with the team to create designs for the website, newsletter, and user experience. A self-proclaimed “media-agnostic” artist, Mayela received her MFA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. You can learn more about her work at

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