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Food City: A Personal View

  • MOFAD Lab 62 Bayard Street Brooklyn, NY, 11222 United States (map)

Food City: Four Centuries of Food-Making in New York is about the people, movements, and struggles that have shaped four hundred years of food manufacturing in one of the great food capitals of the world—New York City. Part archeological research, part historical record, part treasure trove of anecdotes, Food City documents the stories of the women, men, and children engaged in the daily making of food in the Big Apple since the 1600s—from Twizzlers and Chiclets to bratwurst and Spicy Maple Bourbon Pickles.

Author Joy Santlofer, former editor-in-chief of NY Food Story and assistant to the chair of the New York University Food Studies program, spent five years researching Food City. She died unexpectedly in August of 2013, but her book was completed by her husband Jonathan Santlofer, an artist and best-selling novelist, their daughter Doria, a professional photographer and stylist, along with Joy's sister, Kathryn Rolland, and editor Jack Beatty.

Join MOFAD for a panel discussion on Food City featuring author and artist Jonathan Santlofer, New York historian Cindy Lobel, and Marion Nestle, the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition and Food Studies at NYU. 


Food City: Four Centuries of Food-Making in New York will be available for purchase at the event.

Doors open at 6 pm. Program begins promptly at 6:30.