On today’s THE FOOD SEEN, Erin Jang, spent years as a designer in the publishing world, working with Rachael Ray, Esquire, and Martha Stewart. For her apropos project, FOOD SKETCHES, she now illustrates her favorite dishes, seen as abstract shapes, lines, colors, forms, textures, though easily identified if you’ve ever had Flour Bakery’s Boston Cream Pie or the Kung Pao Pastrami at Mission Chinese Food. All this from the girl who wanted nothing more than Lunchables as a child, but instead, was sent to school with bulgogi and perilla leaves. FOOD SKETCHES is the visual feast she could have only dreamed of!
On today’s THE FOOD SEEN, we’re affected by the always inspired Emilie Baltz, a multi-disciplinary French-American artist, who’s wild and widely ranging body of work examines how we interact with food on a cultural level.
Now she readys herself for a summer in France, teaching food design through SVA, http://productsofdesign.sva.edu/curriculum/summer-2/
You ask, “what is food design?“. Well, so does Emilie, all the time! Listen in to learn how to begin experiencing it yourself.
Founder, Elizabeth Thacker Jones will talk all the exciting additions to this year’s lineup, as we’re joined by a few of those guests in studio.
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On today’s THE FOOD SEEN, brothers Chris and Nick Schonberger share a passion for nachos. For real, if not for their familiar nacho bond, they’re barely brothers. Luckily, their job begets nacho hunting. As editors of First We Feast, a website where food is delivered through pop culture, they aim to bring long lasting relevance to the fads we eat. Interviewing game-changing chefs on the “10 Dishes that Made Their Career”, to curating insider guides on what to eat where and when, this ain’t your ordinary listacle, it’s put to the test. There’s only rule is, “NO SOGGY CHIPS“!
*BONUS, a recent interview I did with First We Feast, as part of their “Show Me Your Food Porn” series.
On today’s THE FOOD SEEN, Diana Yen, of the multidisciplinary creative studio The Jewels of NY, reveals her approach to setting the mood around a menu. Built out of a home product design background, Diana’s vision of culinary arts draws from her collection of antique flatware (e.g. cornichon ejector forks), her love of fancying food with gold leaf and caviar, and setting desserts on fire! As she works towards completing her first cookbook, based around New York’s finest seasonal moments, like summer rooftop BBQs and fall apple picking, she shares the thought process behind her brand of “lifestyle design”.
On today’s THE FOOD SEEN, we go Dutch with Yvette Van Boven, an artist/illustrator who owns the cafe and catering service, Aan De Amstel, in Amsterdam, and produces the playful Home Made cookbooks. Yvette’s here to dispel any idea that the Netherlands are nothing more than herring and Heineken. Get ready for some bitterballen and Beerenburg!
On today’s THE FOOD SEEN, Michael Fusco’s (of M + E Design), love of food is not a facade, but often his work is (in the architectural sense). All signage points to his tasty restaurant and foodstuff logos from the likes of Wheelhouse Pickles, Ovenly, Rob Newton’s Smith Canteen and Nightingale 9 … just to name a few. He’s currently working on a cookbook with The Meat Hook, beefing up the fact that good graphics beget good food, and further cooking up design that make us want to eat with our eyes.
On today’s THE FOOD SEEN, Chef Michael Solomonov takes his birthright to heart. Born in Israel, raised in Pittsburg, it wasn’t until his late teens that Michael returned to his homeland and his inner cuisine spoke to him. He didn’t speak Hebrew, so he learned to bake burekas (spinach pies) innately. Eventually making way to Philly, Michael opened Zahav restaurant, his ode to modern Israeli food. Plentiful of hummus, mezzes, and kebabs, all inclusive of the “Mesibah” (Party Time), which highlights a whole roast lamb shoulder, grilled over coals, braised in pomegranate juice, and served with crispy Persian rice. Michael finally found a way to celebrate his place in the world.
On today’s THE FOOD SEEN, we ask Iron Chef Jose Garces about who makes the best pork? In his most recent cookbook, The Latin Road Home, Jose takes us on a trip through his culinary lineage. An Ecuadorian who grew up in Chicago, Garces was constantly exposed to the flavors of his heritage: crispy pork, mote (hominy), ceviche, and Llapingacho (potato patties with cheese), which made him hunger for more. Now with over 15 restaurants in Philadelphia ranging from Andalusian tapas (Amada), Basque region wine bar (Tinto), Mexico City fare (Distrito), European-style cafe and gourmet market (Garces Trading Co.), as well as Classic American (Whiskey Village), Jose reflects on his past inspirations, sharing the recipes discovered through family and travel.
*photo by Bill Bettencourt
On today’s hour-long special edition of THE FOOD SEEN, we treat our time with Tom Colicchio (rhymes with “Radicchio“), not as an interview, but more so, as an apprenticeship to learn from his summers cooking in 1000-person weekend “churn and burn” establishments, to haute dining in Manhattan. He’s built an empire around the idea of culinary Craft.
How does this Top Chef define success? How does he stay relevant? Two 3 star reviews by the NYTimes, 10 years apart, both cite the complex simplicity that he makes looks easy. Still, Tom believes, “you’re only as good as your last dish”.
Even more important than feeding his diners, Tom now sets his sights on eliminating hunger in this country. The film, A Place At The Table, produced by Colicchio and co-directed by his wife Lori Silverbush, seeks to foster the “food insecure” past the subsidies that have made calories cheap and nutrition expensive. Get hungry to end hunger!