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Umami Food and Art Festival 2014 Program:

Immersive Culinary Workshops with the League of Kitchens

Join us for a true culinary adventure!

The League of Kitchens (www.leagueofkitchens.com) is an immersive culinary adventure in NYC where immigrants teach intimate cooking workshops in their homes, and participants encounter a new culture, cuisine, and neighborhood with every experience.

This participatory experience starts with an interactive cooking lesson and leads into a celebratory dinner. Participants help cook the meal, contribute their own ideas and personal stories to the conversation, and help clean up afterwards.  Through this experience, the League of Kitchens seeks to build cross-cultural connection and understanding, and increase access to traditional cooking knowledge.

For the Umami Edition of the League of Kitchens, participants are asked to sign up alone, without a partner or friend. Choose the date of your workshop, and a vegetarian or non-vegetarian menu–the location, cuisine, and culture of their workshop is a surprise.  Three days before the workshop, you will receive an email with directions to the location. Each immersion is 5.5 hours and includes 4-6 participants. Participants go home with a booklet of family recipes and a starter kit of specialty ingredients and spices.

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Saturday and Sunday , April  5th and 6th.

1 – 6:30 PM

Tickets: $110.00

To Sign up for a Saturday workshop >>

To Sign up for a Sunday workshop >>


in collaboration with The Food Book Fair

Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni (farmer-designers), Leah Gauthier (artist), chef Anne Apparu

Umami is thrilled to collaborate with the Food Book Fair on its opening night event Food + Growing + Music: a multi-faceted fête in the hotel’s subterranean private dining room—featuring a performance by work-song musicians Bennett Konesni and Edith Gawler of the Sylvester Manor Educational Farm and a site-specific, interactive installation from artist Leah Gauthier, chef-artist Anne Apparu, and Quinciple co-founder Kate Galassi.
Special thanks to Tito’s Vodka and Feastly for their support.

Friday, April 25th

6:00-8:30 PM

@ The Wythe Hotel

80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

L train to Bedford, G train to Nassau, East River Ferry to North Williwmsburg

Tickets: $25

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Means of Production: Shaken or Stirred

Emilie Baltz (artist/designer) and Pamela Wiznitzer (President, NY Bartender’s Guild)

An experiential cocktail that explores the relationship of mixology, movement and making. An event that stimulates all the senses, engaging 3 of New York’s top bartenders to mix classic cocktails under blacklight motion capture.  MEANS-OF-PRODUCTION_v1.2

Chris Lowder (Nomad and Amor y Amargo)
Jack McGarry (Dead Rabbit and Tales of the Cocktail International Bartender of the Year)
and special dessert menue created by Calva

Part contemporary dance, part cocktail party, guests become part of the performance as their drinking sets the background for this otherworldly tableau vivant.

Presented with Suite ThreeOhSix and Feastly

Dress code is strictly black.

Tuesday, May 13th

8:00-10:00 PM

Suite ThreeOhSix

59 Franklin Street, #306, New York, NY

N, R, Q or 6 train to Canal Street

Tickets: $30

To purchase tickets>>



A Fresh Perspective on Food and Immigration 

Moderator: Krishnendu Ray, Chair, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, NYU


Lisa Gross, Founder, The League of Kitchens

Yamini Joshi, instructor, League of Kitchens

John Rudolph, Executive Producer,  Feet in 2 Worlds

Sandra Vu,  Program Director, Hot Bread Kitchen

Includes a slide presentation of The League of Kitchens: Umami Edition by photographer Sarah Clark.

Thursday, April 24th — suggested donation $5 at the door.

6 – 8 PM

Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, NYU

411 Lafayette Ave (@ East 4th Street), 5th Floor


6 train to Astor or R train to 8 st

To reserve a seat for the roundtable >>


Cooking Art Challenge

Teams of students and young professionals from the culinary field collaborate with partners from the art world to create hybrid culinary-art pieces using a range of mediums from edible dishes to film, and present them to an audience and to a panel of distinguished judges.

Judges: Mitchell Davis (VP James Beard Foundation), Amy Eddings (host of NPR’s All Things Considered), and chef Evan Hanczor (Egg)

Vote for your favorite team and enjoy tastings and beer!

Thursday, April 10th

6:30 – 8:30 PM

Brooklyn Kitchen

100 Frost Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Tickets: $15

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Experimental Cuisine Collective panel discussion


Monday     – FREE  reservation required

6 – 8 PM


145 Borinquen Place (corner of Keap), Williamsburg, Brooklyn

L train to Lorimer, J,M,Z train to Marcy

To reserve a seat for the Experimental Cuisine Session >>

Children Workshop

Private event with PS 41 4th graders.