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.
Saturday and Sunday , April 5th and 6th.
1 – 6:30 PM
in collaboration with The Food Book Fair
Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni (farmer-designers), Leah Gauthier (artist), chef Anne Apparu
Friday, April 25th
@ The Wythe Hotel
80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
L train to Bedford, G train to Nassau, East River Ferry to North Williwmsburg
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.
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
59 Franklin Street, #306, New York, NY
N, R, Q or 6 train to Canal Street
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
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
100 Frost Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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