This holiday season, we wonder: Did Jews discover Chinese food on Christmas, or did Chinese restaurants discover Jewish customers?
Join MOFAD and special guests in this immersive culinary and cultural experience to learn more about how these two communities found a seat at the same table. Visitors will explore this rich topic through comedy and lively conversations, and gain insight into the ways in which the migrations of global communities influenced what is now an annual tradition in New York City and throughout the nation.
What to expect:
Live Chef Demo by Chef Julie Cole (Operations Manager & Chef, Nom Wah Tea Parlor) and tastings prepared by MOFAD's executive chef
Engaging Presentation by Rabbi Joshua Eli Plaut (Author, A Kosher Christmas: 'Tis the Season to Be Jewish)
"Speed Dialogues" facilitated by comedians Mic Nguyen and Fumi Abe (Co-Hosts, Asian Not Asian podcast)
Complimentary beer provided by Brooklyn Brewery
A Kosher Chinese Night Market featuring small bites and Kosher wines
America boasts a culturally and ethnically diverse population, which gives way to amazing hybrids in an evolving culinary landscape. Be part of this phenomenal after-hours event, including a lively conversation kicked off by a hilariously irreverent comedy set and unexpected food and beverage pairings.
Doors open at 6:30 pm. Last call at 8:30. Tickets include museum admission, light bites prepared by MOFAD's executive chef and other guests in our Culinary Studio and Kosher Chinese Night Market , and Brooklyn Brewery beer. Ages 21 and over. This program is part of our Chow x series.
About Julie Cole
Chef Julie Cole is currently the Operations Manager and Chef at Nom Wah. Drawing from her experiences at various New York kitchens, Julie defines her cooking style as one that is balanced in flavor and spices, accented with low- and high-brow Japanese influences.
Prior to joining Nom Wah, Julie was the Executive Chef at the highly acclaimed Greenpoint Fish and Lobster Co. in Brooklyn. She has also held posts at Neta, Kin Shop, and Ippudo.
In her spare time, Julie prefers to carb load… while reading her many cookbooks.
About Rabbit Plaut
Rabbi Joshua Eli Plaut Ph.D. is the executive director of the American Friends of Rabin Medical Center, a national nonprofit charity helping to raise funds and awareness for Israel's premier hospital, the Rabin Medical Center of Greater Tel Aviv. Ordained in 1986 by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Plaut also has a doctorate from New York University. He is the author of A Kosher Christmas: 'Tis the Season to Be Jewish (Rutgers University, 2012) and Greek Jewry in the Twentieth Century (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1996). One of the chapters in his book, A Kosher Christmas, traces the history and contemporary relationship between Jews, Chinese food, and Christmas. For over thirty years, Joshua Plaut has also been an acclaimed photographer of Jewish life in the diaspora.
About Asian, Not Asian
Welcome to Asian, not Asian, a podcast by two Asian comedians not from Asia talking about American issues no Americans seem to care about. Each week, Fumi Abe and Mic Nguyen will discuss race, politics, media, funny stuff, food pics, peace signs, model minority myths, urban myths, and urban outfitters.
Most of the episodes consist of sometimes silly, sometimes serious commentary around events in the Asian-American community.
The podcast has been featured on Banana Magazine, Hyphen Magazine, The Slant, Stellar Underground, as well as received unofficial endorsements from Eddie Huang and @AikaLovesCloset on Instagram.