From Pushcarts to Pizza Knishes: A Walking Tour of "Little Romania"
Taught by Sarah Lohman
Sarah Lohman is a culinary historian and the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed book Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine. She focuses on the history of American food as a way to access stories of women, immigrants, and people of color, and to address issues of racism, sexism, and xenophobia. Her work has been featured inTheWall Street Journal andThe New York Times, as well as onAll Things Considered; and she has presented across the country, from the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC to The Culinary Historians of Southern California. She is also 1/2 of the Masters of Social Gastronomy, a monthly food science and history talk at Caveat NYC, with Brainery co-founder Jonathan Soma.
Hearty knishes, delicate fishes, and piles of meat: these are the feature foods of some of the city's oldest businesses that dot Houston street. We'll spend 90 minutes exploring the neighborhood once known as Little Romania, a sub-culture of the Jewish Lower East Side, and learn the history of regional Jewish cuisine. We'll taste our way through classic LES dishes, as well as some of the innovative new products that have kept these traditional food purveyors alive.
This tour meets at 10 am in front of Yonah Schimmel's Knishes, 137 E. Houston Street. From there, we'll proceed to Russ & Daughters and Katz's Delicatessen. Each stop features a tasting which is included in the price of the tour. Please dress appropriately for the weather!