On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, we join Galen Zamarra, chef/owner of West Village stalwart, Mas Farmhouse. Most recently Galen opened, Almanac, which allures dinners with “imaginative preparations that accentuate the nuances of each growing cycle“, well, that and all the art on the walls, transforming the restaurant into a gallery space any art collector would swoon over. Galen’s art collection began at 24 years old, while chef de cuisine at Bouley Bakery. There, he laid eyes on an Al Hansen artwork, comprised of Hersey wrappers made to look female form, much in the style of Matisse’s cutouts. Now, he constructs his menu in the same abstract impressionist ways of painters like Lee Krasner, with modern pop influences by artists like Donald Robertson.
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, how did native New Yorker Colu Henry, turn her Italian heritage and a #hashtag into a pasta phenomenon? Colu’s great grandparents came to the New World from Campania, and with them, brought a culture of cooking that still exists today in everyone’s pantry, “use what you have in stock to make something delicious”. After years working in PR with high-profile chef like Marcus Samuelsson, Kurt Gutenbrunner, Scott Conant, developing the Oregon Wine Board through her love of Pinot Noir, working with Kyle MacLachlan on marketing his Bordeaux-inspiried cabernet “Pursued by Bear”, and becoming Director of Special Projects at Bon Appétit, it was the virtues of her Nonni that brought Colu back to #backpocketpasta, inspired by a childhood of marinara, tuna-clam sauce, meatballs with grated pecorino, braciole with pine nuts and raisins, and warm semolina sesame bread from Arthur Ave. Join in the fun, and show Colu your #backpocketpasta on Instagram: http://instagram.com/coluhenry
*photo by Lily Piel
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, Nancy Harmon Jenkins takes us into “Virgin Territory”, her book exploring the world of olive oil. Nancy will reveal olive oil’s origins, the process behind making what is now the 3rd largest food product in the USA (only behind coffee and chocolate), and it’s long list of health benefits (omega 3s, good cholesterol, antioxidants). Nancy herself stumbled into an olive orchard, on a farm in Tuscany, under the dogma of a Mediterranean diet. Oh, it’s not your ordinary diet, because it’s full of delicious food. Sicilian Fried Almonds, Marinated Cured Olives, Tapenades, Roasted Red Peppers with Anchovies and Tomatoes, Tuscan bean soups, French Pistou, Three-Onion Focaccia (Pizza Al Taglio), Spaghetti Aglio-Olio-Pepperoncino, Fried Artichokes, gently olive oil poached fish, and Southern-Fried Chicken in Olive Oil. Leave room for some olive oil gelato, and a bunch of knowledge and praise for unheralded olive growers across the globe. And remember, use your olive oil, and use it liberally.
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, Marco Canora regales us with his path towards A GOOD FOOD DAY. After surviving a decade behind the stoves at Hearth restaurant in NYC’s East Village, with it’s 70 hour work weeks, breakfast, lunch and dinner of coffee, bread, and cigarettes, until that after shift burger, Chinese food order, or 24-hour bodega ham & cheese sandwich at 130AM, Marco had to make a healthy decision or further face the consequences. Prompted by a scary diagnosis of inevitable diabetes and gout if he didn’t change his habits, Marco didn’t want to compromise his life as most that diet do, but understood he couldn’t keep going on like this. That’s where his training as a chef, and obsessive researcher, may have saved his life, all the while making it more delicious. Most recently opening a little takeout window called Brodo, which began the bone broth craze, Marco’s constantly searching inside himself, on how to be a better cook, husband, father, business owner, and enlightened eater.
*photos by Sara Remington
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, Louisa Shafia grew up Persian in 1970’s Philadelphia. Her father was Iranian; pomegranates, pistachios, and saffron were aplenty in their household. It wasn’t until working as a chef in San Francisco, that Louisa awoke the flavors of her heritage, recreating her version of “fesenjan” a sweet-and-sour stew accented with pomegranate molasses and ground walnuts. Impassioned by her family’s past, she returned to Iran, did R&D in Los Angeles (the largest community of Iranian expats), and wrote “The New Persian Kitchen”. Still, Louisa wanted to further share her cuisine, opening a pop-up called Lakh Lakh at NYC’s Porsena restaurant, serving such dishes as Sabzi Kordan (herb and cheese plate with barbari bread), Sambuseh (a crispy phyllo triangle stuffed with veggies, lentils, nigella seeds, served with a spicy tomato relish), Jujeh Kebab (chicken kebab in a saffron marinade), and Bastani Nooni (saffron ice cream sandwiches with cardamom wafers). Politics aside, this may mark the start of a new Iranian food revolution.
*photo by Emma Jane Kepley
*photo by Daniel Seung Lee
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, what happens when a self-proclaimed “man about town” / Instagram aficionado, and a steel ukelele playing avant-garde thespian throw a dinner party? Answer: Spring Street Social Society, ssssociety.com. Patrick Janelle & Amy Virginia Buchanan seek to bring people together in unexpected spaces, pulling off variety show meets dinner theatre events, complete with coursed dinners. Collaborating with artists and chefs alike, they’re now traveling the globe in search of their next location, and meal.
*photos by Noah Fecks
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, Mississippi born Ben Mims was surrounded by a family of fabulous bakers and sweet-makers. There was his mother Judy’s weekly Pecan Pie. His aunt Barbara Jane’s coveted Christmas tin, full of Pretzel-Peanut-Chocolate Candy and Crisp Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. He’d stop by his grandma Carol’s to eat Coconut Layer Cake. Saturday mornings weren’t complete with out fluffy biscuits and muscadine jelly. No wonder you couldn’t take the South of of this boy even after years of working as a food editor for Saveur in NYC, pastry chef in SF’s Bar Agricole, and back to NYC in the test kitchens of Food & Wine. Ben’s now published, Sweet & Southern: Classic Desserts with a Twist. Don’t worry, there’s your classic Hummingbird Cake and Peach Cobbler, Peanut Butter Pie and Buttered-Pecan Ice Cream, but also riffs like Cantaloupe Upside-Down Cake, “Red Velvet” made with pomegranate juice, and an Ambrosia Pavlova. His inspirations travel even further, Indonesian by way of Dutch baking traditions for his Cinnamon-Chocolate Spekkuk, a Southernized Sicilian Cassata swapping sweet ricotta for cream cheese, a Sweet Potato Cake that resembles Arabian Spoon Halva, Camotes Pie made with Mexican piloncillo, and Pumpkin Kanafe influenced by the Greek ingredients of his neighborhood, Astoria, Queens. Just in case your Valentines Day isn’t sweet enough.
*photo by Sydney Kramer
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, Jonah Miller and Nate Adler grew up on NYC’s Upper West Side. They shared a food life filled with Zabar’s and downtown dim sum, but who would have thought, that a bar mitzvah and the Asturian region of of Spain, would lead them to their own pintxos place in the East Village. Huertas, which literally means “orchards” or “small gardens”, reflects the landscape of Spain’s Northern coast, food pairing with an ever-growing of true Spanish ciders. Stop by for some passed bites in the front room, or stay for the dinner party like tasting menu in the back, but either way, this multifunctional restaurant thrives on it’s youthful enthusiasm for service, slow roasted chicken, and tortilla espanola.
For cider dinner reservations: huertasnyc.com/large-format
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, Amy Chaplin grew up in the bush of Australia, 30 miles away from your closest supermarket. Her family built their own home, had a wood-burning stove, baked bread, kept bees, brewed ginger beer, made tofu, and ground wheat into flour, buying much of their dried goods in bulk … This sense of preparedness mixed with her mother’s affinity for entertaining, enlivened Amy’s spirit as a home cook. After years of working in restaurants, most notably the groundbreaking organic plant-based Angelica’s Kitchen in NYC, Amy returned to her own stove to create, At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen, a cookbook that sets you up for a healthy, happy lifestyle, allowing you to celebrate the art of eating well. From stocking a pantry full of whole grains, to introducing super foods to your meals, you can wake up to a bowl of black rice breakfast pudding, or awaken your tastebuds with miso soup with lemon, turmeric lemonade, pistachio pumpkin seed dukkah, and deeply satiate your soul with butternut squash lasagna with sage tofu ricotta, and heirloom bean bourguignon. Come feel the healing benefits of food.
*all photos by Peden + Munk
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, food photographers Taylor Peden & Jen Munk have formed the photographic super group, Peden + Munk. Inspired by their mentor Paul Jasmin at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Taylor and Jen took to the streets of Los Angeles, with two models, and cues from Godard’s 1960’s film “Breathless”, marking the beginnings of a life filled with collaboration. Their focus on food came after a 3 day shoot at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, which opened up the industry to their creative eyes. They’ve since documented BBQ in Memphis, farming on Martha’s Vineyard, Rhum Agricole in the Caribbean, and many Michelin starred restaurants in California and beyond. Their images have donned the pages of Bon Appétit, the New York Times Magazine, and the recently released cookbook, “A New Napa Cuisine“ with Chef Christopher Kostow of Meadowood in Napa. But what may excite them most, are the recipes they’ve learned through their travels.