The New York Food Book Fair is taking place Friday, May 4th – Sunday, May 6th at the soon-to-open Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Founder Elizabeth Thacker Jones is bringing together over 50 participants and 15 panels and talks ranging in subjects:
“Why Food? Why Now?” by Dr. Marion Nestle
Food + Cities | Sarah Rich, author of Urban Farms and co-founder of Foodprint Project
“Hungry City” with sustainable thought-leader Carolyn Steel
The Fair will be home to a pop-up book store featuring 100 hand-selectecd titles, over 20 author signings, unique events and intimate dinners throughout the weekend.
The Food Book Fair will highlight cookbooks, memoirs, magazines, and books about science, food systems, agriculture, urban design and food art and culture, and serve as a meeting place for enthusiasts from all food disciplines.
May 4 – The Garden Gather Dinner will be held Friday night in the subterranean private dining room at the Wythe Hotel featuring young farmers and foragers and authors Eugenia Bone and Gary Lincoff celebrating the centennial of John Cage, co-founder of The New York Mycological Society. The six-course tasting menu will highlight local gardened and gathered ingredients from the likes of Showcase Entrepreneur Brooklyn Grange and forager Evan Strusinski prepared by San Francisco based Chef-Artist Leif Hedendal and Mark Andrew Gravel, cook, designer and author of the forthcoming book, Kill the Recipe. Tickets support GrowNYC’s New Farmer Development Project.
May 5 – Saturday night kicks off with Foodieodicals, a marketplace celebrating over a dozen small, independently published zines, quarterlies and periodicals like Lucky Peach, Diner Journal, Edible Brooklyn, Gastronomica, Laphams Quarterly: The Food Issue, Meatpaper, Put A Egg on It, Remedy Quarterly, Swallow Magazine, The Art of Eating, The Runcible Spoon, White Zinfandel, and Wilder Quarterly. Directly after will be PechaKucha Night, a presentation-based event originating in Japan in which presenters show 20 slides for 20 seconds each. Creative food projects will be the focus and will featuring George Motz of Hamburger America, Dave Kyrejko of Industry City Distillery, Sharon Franke of Good Housekeeping Technology Institute and more.
May 6 – Save the best for last! Concluding the weekend will be Sunday night’s Cooking theBook Dinner inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises at the newly opened Parish Hall, first project funded by food angels of NYC LION. Parish Hall’s Owner George Weld and Chef Evan Hanczor have conceptualized a four-course dining experience evoking travel, writing and – of course – drinking. The menu will span re-creations of dishes from the text and more loosely connected items inspired by culinary musings in the book such as an homage to Jake Barnes roast chicken dinner in Paris, apple pie with cheese, and a dish reimagined from a fishing scene in Spain. Tickets benefit PS 84 Greenhouse Classroom.