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From the Press:

MSN, Local Edition:

“Weekend’s Best,” April 13-15

“With a mission to integrate art into daily life via food, this esoteric fest of deliciously creative events brings indie rock concerts, kitchen workshops and titillating poetry to venues across the boroughs.”


Time Out, New York:

“Events,” April 12-18, 2012, Issue 855

“Food-inspired art is the focus of this three-week festival, in which artists, filmmakers, musicians and culinary professionals will collaborate on various events.”


New York Times:

Florence Fabricant, April 10, 2012

“Umami Food and Art Festival, a month of events, will start Thursday and continue through May 9, with cooking workshops, rock concerts, film programs, food and wine presentations, and discussions of experimental cuisine.”


Eater NY

Greg Morabito, “Food Fests,” March 21st, 2012



Press Releases — Culinary Industry News, March 20th, 2012

“Umami food and art festival offers an appetizing assortment of multi-sensory events”


Raiding the Larder

“Amuse Bouche,” March 19th, 2012

“In its third installment, the Umami food and art festival offers an appetizing assortment of multi-sensory events … The Recipe Project is a food-meets-music original”



Sara Roffino, Events, March 14th, 2012

‘The Recipe Project’

“Your aural palette will be charmed by music borne of a collaboration between top NYC chefs and Brooklyn-based indie rockers, One Ring Zero, while your tasting palette enjoys the delicious food and drinks included in the evening. The Recipe Project is just one night of the Umami Food and Art Festival.”


Senses & Society

Lisa Myers, Vol. 6, issue 2, Summer 2011

“Palate Meets Palette”

“Through unexpected food experiences, artists, cooks, and audience members discovered the versatility of food as a means of approaching art.”

Art on Air

Interview with Meringue Diplomacy creators Terri Hanlon and David Behrman

Hosted by David Weinstein

Originally aired  3/24/2011


Heritage Radio Network, The Food Seen

Episode 43 – Umami Food and Art Festival chats with Michael Harlan Turkel.
First Aired – 03/22/2011 03:00PM

Episodes | Heritage Radio Network

New York Magazine

Grub Street , Josh Ozersky with Daniel Maurer, March 20, 2008

“Umami Food and Art Fest Will Blow Your Mind, Kitchen”

“Other activities at the ten-day “food and art festival” …  high-concept and fun. Our favorites include […] Composer Fast Forward […] Orphic Memory Sausages!”



John Del Signore, April 10, 2008

“Umami Festival Urges Artists to Play With Their Food”


Time Out, New York

Dan Avery Issue 653 : Apr 2–8, 2008

“Mimi Oka and Doug Fitch hold a sausage party that you’ll want to go to.”

“The festival uses food to bring art into everyday life”


New York Times:

Florence Fabricant , April 9, 2008

“Culinary Art […] food and art events […] a concert played on kitchen implements […] workshops for children to paint with food […] and a display of food films and cookbooks by artists […]“



The Leonard Lopate Show, April 8, 2008

“The fifth taste, umami, is now at the forefront of modern cuisine. Gourmet magazine’s Ruth Reichl and Jonah Lehrer, author of Proust Was a Neuroscientist, tell us more […] The Umami Festival runs from April 8th through April 18th.”



Artis recommends, April 2008:

Cookies by Israeli troupe Esemble 209 […] part of Umami: food and art festival.


Daily Candy:

New York, The Weekend Guide, April 10, 2008

Umami: Food and Art Festival
Salt tastings, chef round tables, kitchen utensil concerts, and programs encouraging kids to play with their food.


American Public Media:

Marc Sanchez, April 12, 2008

[Musician] Fast Forward […] The combination of food in an art context […] very attractive to people.”


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(France) Isabelle Larignon, April 2008

“Memory Sausage […] Apportez tout ce qui vous évoque le souvenir d’un lieu, d’une personne, d’une époque ou d’un moment de vie… et que vous souhaiteriez voir transformer en chair à saucisse […] A la fin de la journée, chacun pourra emporter chez soi une saucisse comme une part de mémoire collective.”



Jen Renzi, April 15th, 2008

“Very cool”


Gambero Rosso:

(Italy) Fabio Parasecoli, June 2008

“La prima edizione de Umami festival [,,,] collaborare con chef e altri professionalisti dell’enogastronomia. […] preentare l’arte in modo diverso, e integrata nella vita quotidiana […].”