Category: Coming to the Table

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Three Generations, One Cookbook, and Memories of Puerto Rico

Cocina Criolla is back with a new video and a family recipe for chicharrones de pollo

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Seniors Claim the Culinary Spotlight

Two New Web Series Highlight Immigrant Elders’ Home Cooking

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Five Life Lessons from the Immigrant Table in Film

Moonstruck: Food soothes the angry beast

In Moonstruck, Loretta (Cher) uses cappuccino and steak to make peace with her fiancé’s wild-eyed brother Ronny (played by Nicholas Cage) and convince him to come to her wedding. “We’ll make this one bloody,” she tells him, “to feed your blood.”

Babette’s Feast: Food is a gift

Babette’s Feast is a beautiful film about food, but it is also about the clash of cultures. Babette (Stephane Audran), a French Catholic refugee in Denmark, wants to repay her Danish employers’ kindness by cooking them a sumptuous French dinner. But her employers are members of a strict Protestant sect that sees food purely in terms of practicality. When Babette proposes to cook them a French feast, their reaction is priceless.

The Joy Luck Club: Food etiquette is not optional

Waverly (played by Tamlyn Tomita) preps her American fiancé Rich (Christopher Rich) on the “Emily Post” of Chinese customs, but there are still unwritten rules that he flubs when he has dinner with her parents the first time. When Rich misunderstands Waverly’s mother’s false protestations that her dish is too bland, he makes a crucial mistake.

Big Night:Food is a serious business

Primo (Tony Shalhoub), culinary “artist,” runs a struggling Italian restaurant with his brother Secondo (Stanley Tucci). Their competition serves Americanized Italian food and has a lounge act, but Primo refuses to compromise the authenticity of his food. “You know what goes on in that man’s restaurant every night? Rape!” Primo declares. “The rape of cuisine!”

Mystic Pizza: Don’t monkey with (food) tradition

When a no-frills pizza parlor in Mystic, Conn. suddenly becomes famous, it’s a mystery to everyone. Leona (played by Conchata Ferrell), the shop’s Italian-American owner, attempts to explain why, noting that her shop doesn’t sell “designer pizza” because: “You don’t monkey with tradition.”

Fi2W is supported by the David and Katherine Moore Family Foundation, the Ralph E. Odgen Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation.

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Men, Their Mothers, and Food

We teamed up with About Men Radio and Cowbird to bring you these audio stories.

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Zarela Martinez and Kavitha Rathi: Redefining Regional Cuisine

Zarela Martinez photo by Meral Agish

Zarela Martinez – Photo by Meral Agish

What happens when you bring together women food entrepreneurs from different generations and different ethnic backgrounds to talk about food, business, and flavor?

Feet in 2 Worlds wanted to find out, so we paired five veteran New York City restaurateurs and food sellers with their younger counterparts, who sell edible goods at street fairs and online. None of these women had ever met before Fi2W brought them together. But as you’ll hear, they connected in special ways. We think there is a good chance they will meet again somewhere in the five boroughs, probably over a delicious food made with love and served with mutual respect and admiration.

Here’s the first conversation between Zarela Martinez and Kavitha Rathi.

An originator of Mexican fine dining in New York, Zarela Martinez, 67, retired from the restaurant business but continues to work as a cookbook author and consultant. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s a decade ago, Martinez also plans to launch a speaking series about living with the disease.

Kavitha Rathi’s Potpuri food stand will be back at Smorgasburg in September, offering Indian street food with a twist. Now Rathi, 38, is looking for innovative ways to grow her business.

Listen to part 2 in this series Mei Chau and Ah La Ko-Oh: The Accidental Chefs

Audio produced by Meral Agish.

Fi2W is supported by the David and Katherine Moore Family Foundation, the Ralph E. Odgen Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation.

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Yankee-Chinese Comfort Food in Harlem

When Chinese food meats New England fare in the kitchen, the results are delicious

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Cooking the Faith: Breaking a Fast and Building Community

A new series on what’s being served at religious institutions around the NY area.