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Brooklyn Food Stories
Brooklyn Food Stories is a public programming series on food culture in Brooklyn, which will examine the role of food past and present in our borough. This series will feature tastings, lectures, tours and more.
Thursday, February 28
The Pearl Harbor Sandwich: Cuisine of the Brooklyn Navy Yard with “Historic Gastronomist” Sarah Lohman
Sarah Lohman, dubbed an “historic gastronomist,” recreates historic recipes as a way to make a personal connection with the past. She has built a career revisiting long-forgotten recipes from the nineteenth and early twentieth century and has more than a decade of museum experience with a focus on culinary history. She began working in a museum at the age of 16, cooking historic food over a wood-burning stove and now working on a book about the history of American food. An Artist in Residence at BLDG92. Sarah has a not-to-miss blog, "Four Pounds of Flour."
Hosted in our breathtaking Othmer library, Sarah will discuss "The Pearl Harbor Sandwich: Cuisine of the Brooklyn Navy Yard." Learn how food is rooted to the past of the Navy Yard, and it is also a symbol of its regrowth. Did you know a modern grocery store will soon replace the mansions, and the locked gates lead to the largest roof top garden in the country? Or where the sailors at their dinners a century ago? Or where artists go to snack today? This talk will change that! Tickets are $10/ FREE for BHS and GWHF Members. Purchase your ticketes here!
Saturday, March 2
EAT THE CITY & Talk Beer with Robin Shulman, Robin Ottaway and Jacob Ruppert
Did you know more than a hundreds years ago, most food and drink consumed by New Yorkers was grown and produced within what are now the five boroughs? Robin Shulman, a journalist and author of "Eat the City: A Tale of the Fishers, Foragers, Butchers, Farmers, Poultry Minders, Sugar Refiners, Cane Cutters, Beekeepers, Winemakers, and Brewers Who Built New York," will lead a discussion highlighting this incredible history, focusing on the brewers who build New York.Joining Ms. Shulman for this talk and book signing will be K. Jacob Ruppert, a scion of the family who owned the Jacob Ruppert Brewery empire on the Upper East Side and New York Yankees; and Robin Ottaway, vice president of Brooklyn's modern-day beer empire, the Brooklyn Brewery, which will be serving beer at the event.
FREE w/ museum admission or BHS and GWHF Membership. RSVP requested, please click here: http://brooklynhistory-brooklynfoodstories.eventbrite.com/#
Thursday, April 4
Spilt Milk: the Bloody Food Rackets of 20th Century New York with Andrew Coe
In the first half of the 20th century, gangsters controlled a large portion of New York City’s food trade. Using threats, stink bombs, and even murder, these criminals managed to control industries as disparate as milk, artichokes, and egg creams. The city’s food rackets peaked during the Great Depression, when citizens could not afford the “gangster tax” added to staples like bread. This lecture will trace the food rackets’ violent rise and fall thanks to a small group of reform politicians and honest lawmen. Independent scholar Andrew Coe is the author of Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States (Oxford, 2009), “The Egg Cream Rackets” (Gastronomica, 2004), and many other books and articles. He also writes the “Good Bread” column for Serious Eats New York. $10/ Free for BHS and GWHF Members. Purchase your tickets here!