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Get a Taste of Tibetan Medicine as Rubin Museum Travels to Jackson Heights

By Katie Honan | June 2, 2014 5:55pm
 The exhibit at The Rubin Museum will bring guests to GangJong Kitchen this weekend. 
The exhibit at The Rubin Museum will bring guests to GangJong Kitchen this weekend. 
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The Rubin Museum of Art

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Foodies who want to fully experience The Rubin Museum's new exhibit on Tibetan herbs and spices can take a field trip to Jackson Heights this weekend.

The Rubin Museum of Art in Chelsea is currently displaying "Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine" through September, showcasing paintings, manuscripts and medical instruments.

It's a comprehensive look at the history of the practice and there's even an online quiz for art fans to find out which body type they are as determined by Tibetan medicine.

But on June 8, guests can also participate in a special event that brings them to Jackson Heights to get a taste of some of the healthy Tibetan foods and herbs featured in the exhibit.

"Nutrition and diet are key to Tibetan medicine, so you can't really talk about Tibetan medicine and the kind of treatment involved without talking about food," said Dawn Eshelman, the museum's programming manager.

After a special discussion focused on the country's nutrition, herbs and spices at the museum, guests will travel to GangJong Kitchen on Roosevelt Avenue, near 73rd Street.

Chef Tenzing Tsering will focus on nutrition and health and will hold a discussion and show off his skills inside his small restaurant.

The menu includes traditional Tibetan food, including momos, and is a way for guests to truly experience the multimedia exhibit, Eshelman said.

"Food itself is considered medicine, so of course we were interested in having a conversation around that, and finding it in our own community," she said.

Tickets for the Chef's Table are $61.20 for museum members and $68 for non-members and are still available online. The event kicks off at 2 p.m. June 8 at the Rubin Museum, 150 W. 17th St.