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Learn About Immigrant Foodways at Ellis Island Event

Ellis Island Great Hall: NY Public Library.

It goes without saying that immigrants have contributed mightily to America’s melting pot of culinary traditions. Take my Grandma Binnie. Her matzoh balls will surely go down in culinary history as the closest food equivalent to cannonballs. To celebrate America’s immigrant heritage, you can dine in the Great Hall at Ellis Island Nov. 4 with culinary luminaries like cookbook author Molly O’Neill and New Yorker food writer Calvin Trillin.

The event will include:

  • A sneak asting of dishes featured in cookbook author Molly O’Neill’s new book (due out in late November) entitled: One Big Table, A Portrait of American Cooking.
  • The  menu will feature : Behroush Sharifi’s Saffron King’s Persian Kebabs, New York, New York; Peter Nguyen’s Vietnamese Shrimp, Biloxi, Mississippi; Norma Naranjo’s Cheese and Chile Tamales, OhkayOwingeh, New Mexico; Dan Huntley’s Pulled Port and Red Slaw Sliders, York, South Carolina; and more.
  • Food for Thought Panel discussion with Molly and friends Calvin Trillin of New Yorker Magazine, the Food Network’s newest star Aarti Sequeira and others.
  • An advance copy of Molly’s 900 page cookbook – One Big Table – before it hits the bookstores
  • Free transportation to and from Ellis Island

Price:  $130/ticket.

For more information you can visit: The National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy.

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Upper West Side: A Rosh Hashanah Cooking Lesson from the JCC

Looking for Rosh Hashanah cooking ideas? Check out this “Today” show video featuring Julie Negrin, director of the NewYork JCC culinary program. Negrin teaches Al Roker how to make challah for the Jewish New Year.

What’s challah taste like?  Just ask “Today” anchor Ann Curry.

“It tastes just like brioche, doesn’t it, really?”

Hmmm.

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Greenmarket Tours with Butter and Savoy Chefs Slated for September

If you want a glimpse of how chefs buy at the Greenmarket, these two farm-to-table tours with Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter and Peter Hoffman of Savoy may be just the ticket.  Afterward, you get to eat a meal at each chef’s restaurant prepared from what they’ve gathered at the market that day. Here are the details for these two events:







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Upper West Side: Julia & Julie or Jules and Jim?

Naturally, I had to rush out and see Julie & Julia.  I happened to see it on the North Fork, but it’s also playing at the the Lincoln Square julia-child-streeptTheater on Broadway at 68th Street.

What did I think? I loved it!  Julia Childs flutters around Paris, then hacks away at that duck.  Topping it it all off, she spoons with her devoted hubby–in a bubble bath, yet!

Any quibbles?  Sure.  Meryl Streep, as everyone knows, totally channels Julia Childs.  Streep’s a dead ringer for the famous chef, so much so that it’s downright spooky. (The actress really had to display her acting chops for the cooking scenes. She told  Glamour Magazine she isn’t much of a cook herself.) And the Julie Powell story can’t compete with the powerful Julia Child scenes.

If you’ve had enough of the Julie & Julia hype, try this double J movie at Symphony Space–the classic Truffaut film, Jules and Jim playing Aug. 16 and 30.

Tell me what you thought of Julie & Julia.

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