Data Dump: The First 100 Meals in the Life of Kitchensurfing
1. Greek-inspired brunch for 10 in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
2. 3-course menu with appetizers for 20 guests in the East Village, Manhattan.
3. Allergy friendly dinner for a family of 4 in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
4. 3-course dinner for 12 in the East Village, Manhattan.
5. 3-course dinner for a discussion group of 12 in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
6. Greek-inspired tacos and sides for an extended family of 12 in New York.
7. Thai banquet for a dinner party of 22 on the Upper West Side, Manhattan.
8. 3-course steak dinner for 12, Gramercy, Manhattan.
9. Rooftop cookout for 100, Gramercy, Manhattan.
10. Authentic Yucután fish al pibil, Manhattan.
Going paleo and this is lunch (actually leftovers): red cabbage, a little apple, walnuts, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, cumin—topped with sea salt and grana padano. Shouldn’t be doing the cheese, but I’ve got some quality ingredients to use up sparingly that I refuse to throw out.
Also: one of my side projects is moving along—I’m opening a restaurant in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. We’ve signed the lease on an amazing location and have some really special things in store. I hope you all visit when I’m a guest bartender or chef.
“It’s rare for an immigrant experience to go the whole 360 in a single generation—one imagines the novel of assimilation, The White Man Calls It Romaine. The cruel trick has been pulled on this benighted child by an agglomeration of foodies and educational reformers who are propelled by a vacuous if well-meaning ideology that is responsible for robbing an increasing number of American schoolchildren of hours they might other wise have spent reading important books or learning higher math (attaining the cultural achievements, in other words, that have lifted uncounted generations of human beings out of the desperate daily scrabble to wrest sustenance from dirt). The galvanizing force behind this ideology is Alice Waters, the dowager queen of the grown-locally movement. Her goal is that children might become “eco-gastronomes” and discover “how food grows”—a lesson, if ever there was one, that our farm worker’s son might have learned at his father’s knee—leaving the Emerson and Euclid to the professionals over at the schoolhouse. Waters’s enormous celebrity, combined with her decision in the 1990s to expand her horizons into the field of public-school education, has helped thrust thousands of schoolchildren into the grip of a giant experiment, one that is predicated on a set of assumptions that are largely unproved, even unexamined. That no one is calling foul on this is only one manifestation of the way the new Food Hysteria has come to dominate and diminish our shared cultural life, and to make an educational reformer out of someone whose brilliant cookery and laudable goals may not be the best qualifications for designing academic curricula for the public schools.”
Caitlin Flanagan - Cultivating Failure, The Atlantic
Flanagan manages to skewer quite a few bourgeois cows in this short essay about school gardens, Alice Waters, immigrant children, and educational standards. I’m partially with her, but also more open to lots of experimentation with schools that offer education through different lenses (probably self-damning of my position).