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Immigration in the Kitchen: A Generation of Food Entrepreneurs

  • Essex Street Market 120 Essex Street New York, NY, 10002 United States (map)

We’re partnering with the Essex Street Market to bring together a panel of immigrant food entrepreneurs – those that have kept their cultures’ food traditions alive, while also adding their own flair. We’ll hear from Jake Dell of Katz’s Delicatessen, Jonathan Wu of Fung Tu, and Rona Economou of BouboukiLisa Gross, Founder and CEO of The League of Kitchens, will moderate and share her perspective working with immigrant cooks in New York City.

Because, really, what would New York City be without the smoked fish of early Jewish immigrants, or the steaming hot noodle bowls of the city’s longstanding Chinese community? We'll talk about the immigrants – and their appetites!  that made today's world cooking possible.

Plus, sample a tasting of food from neighborhood staple Kossar's Bialys and Essex Street Market vendors, and complimentary Tiger Beer! The evening starts with a reception at 6:30 pm and then the discussion from 7-8 pm.

Admission is free but RSVP is required!


This program is part of the Museum of Food and Drink’s MOFAD City series and is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.