clara4_SMALLClara Inés Schuhmacher is an artist and producer working at the intersection of art, community and public space. She was born in Italy to Argentinean parents, and owes much of her love of food to this happy coincidence. She first learned to cook sitting on a stool in her abuela’s kitchen on Calle Tejeda in Córdoba, Argentina, and from there it was a short step to writing, curating and hosting esoteric dinner parties.

By day, she is the Director of Marketing and Events for the DUMBO Improvement Districtwhere she develops creative programs in the neighborhood’s public spaces with and for the benefit of its residents, businesses and cultural organizations. Her multimedia stories about food and its makers appear in Organic Gardening, The Huffington Post and, since 2012, Serious Eats. Her video work–mostly with collaborator Tusia Dabrowska as the duo vvitalny–has been presented in the United States, Argentina and across Europe. She has performed across Europe, Russia, South America and the United States as a soprano, most recently with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. She guest vocals on records by The Stepkids and Pharoahe Monch and currently sings with MasterVoices and the New Amsterdam Singers in New York.

¡dpm does! began as an outlet for tinkerings around empanadas ¡dpm!, an artisanal empanada she ran with Dan Edinberg from 2009-2012. Today, it’s mostly for fun. Say hello on email, twitter and instagram.

See the ¡dpm! gallery on foodgawker and tastespotting.

For your amusement, a little original tune…about our empanadas:

And here we are, as empanadas ¡dpm!, chatting with Mo Rocca on The Cooking Channel’s food(ography) back in 2010!