New York City's arts and culinary scenes have had to get creative to survive, and finally, as both industries are beginning their return, they'll collide at Supper Club for a theatrical dinner series you won't want to pass up.
Supper Club, the monthly dinner series that celebrates local chefs through a unique dining experience at Red Hook's Pioneer Works, is back starting in May—more than a year after its last event.
The 2021 lineup includes DeVonn Francis (Yardy World) with Anna Polonsky (polonsky and friends) on May 4; Loren Abramovitch and Daniel Soskolne (LEV) on June 29; Woldy Reyes (Woldy Kusina) on July 20; Maiko Kyogoku and Emily Yuen (Bessou) on August 17; and Fredrik Berselius (Aska) on September 21.
"This inaugural event will be one of the first social gatherings for many people since March of 2020. It's happening in the Spring which felt very much apropos for us, and something we wanted to celebrate for all it symbolizes: Nature and humans’ new beginnings, hope and renewal," DeVonn Francis and Anna Polonsky said in a joint statement.
Their event will reinvent the celebration of spring, taking it from the "euro-centric and wasteful lamb and peas and all the accouterments on a white table cloth" to something more sustainable and multicultural.
"DeVonn's menu, Shakoor's music and our set design will take the classic Flemish/European painting of a feast to a world with Caribbean visuals and ingredients, and incorporate the traditions and spirit of Black spaces of gathering and dining," they said. "This meal also highlights that food is about the joy of participation and intimacy, that sustainability is an active part of being a consumer, and that a meal reflects the importance of being in community with people who don’t necessarily share the same life experiences."
Woldy Kusina, which is presenting a meal on July 20, wants to celebrate the communal aspect of the dinner and will ask diners to use their hands to eat their food.
"The concept for my dinner is being able to reconnect with people in a way that’s celebratory and communal after living through a pandemic," Woldy Reyes said. "It brings in the idea of Kamayan, a Filipino feast where the food is laid out on a banana leaf and you eat with your hands. It will be a multi-sensory dining experience that celebrates people and culture."
The chefs presenting this year were curated to reflect NYC's food scene—it's diverse, it's creative and it's a community, Pioneer Works' founding artistic director, Gabriel Florenz, says.
Tickets are available for May 4 Supper Club with Yardy World and Anna Polonsky. Tickets start from $125 for Pioneer Works members and $150 for the general public.
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