Blog Archive

Dinner Dates at the Tenement!


When we get to talking about culture, community, and home, the subject of food is never far away. That’s why food–finding it, cooking it, and enjoying it–plays such an important part in so many of the Tenement Museum’s programs.

Beginning next month, we’ll be focusing on this delicious topic during our evening Culinary Conversations–a series of events hosted by Jane Ziegelman, author of  97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement. Livelier than the average dinner date and tastier than any panel discussion, these events reveal unique aspects of New York City’s fascinating food culture.

Egg Rolls from Nom Wah Tea Parlor

Fried Egg Rolls from Chinatown's Nam Wah Tea Parlor

We’ll launch the series at 6:30 PM on October 4 with “Back to the Store!”, an evening with Nikki Russ Federman and Josh Russ Tupper of Russ & Daughters, and Wilson Tang of the Nam Wah Tea Parlor. A fourth generation Russ, Nikki Russ Federman is quoted as describing her family’s landmark Houston Street shop as simply “Tradition. Soul. New York.” Likewise, Tang’s Doyle Street Dim Sum eatery has long been a Chinatown staple, providing the neighborhood with steamed buns, assorted dumplings, and Chinese pastries for nearly a century. Join the conversation as these immigrant offspring discuss why they abandoned their prestigious careers to work in the family food business.


A Russ & Daughter's Famous Lox Bagel

Other upcoming events will feature Chef Daniel Humm and general manager Will Guidara of  Eleven Madison Park, Danny Bowein of Mission Chinese, Noah and Rae Bernamoff of Mile End Deli, Eat the City author Robin Shulman and the filmmakers behind Welcome to Kutshers, a documentary celebrating the famous Catskills family getaway. As last season’s food events indicate, Culinary Conversations promises to be an exciting, provocative and appetizing glimpse into our city’s complex food history. Tickets are available on our web site here. We hope to see you there! — Posted by Meredith Heil