The Masters of Social Gastronomy Present: Strange Meat at Caveat NYC

Taught by Sarah Lohman and Jonathan Soma

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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. 



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Soma was born in the South, is what someone from the North would say. He co-founded the Brainery, is the sciencey half of Masters of Social Gastronomy, and plans on getting married to Waffle House. In his more droll moments he is a tragic sellout to higher ed as a professor of data journalism at Columbia University's journalism school.

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*This event takes place at Caveat NYC, 21a Clinton Street in Manhattan. No Brainery gift certificates can be used for this event. Click through to purchase tickets and for full details.*

Each month, Masters of Social Gastronomy takes on a curious food topic and breaks down the history and science behind it. This month is MSG’s TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY! To celebrate, we’re digging up the first talk we ever did, STRANGE MEATS! Need some inspiration for your Fourth of July BBQ? Your hosts Sarah and Soma have got you covered.

Sarah will talk about some of the wildest meats she’s ever eaten, including moose face, bear and beaver. Then, she’ll explore why America’s aversion to goat meat is hurting the cheese industry and, in a pinch, the variety mammals you could eat that roam the streets of NYC: rats, squirrels, possums and raccoons.

Soma will be taking on unusual meat preparations, including what to do with a pig’s head (or a cow’s head, if you have a driver’s license). He’ll also be getting to the root of the oft-misquoted line, “a bird in the hand is worth two sharks in the ground.”

All this — and the best places to eat unusual meats in NYC!


SHOW INFO - takes place at Caveat NYC

Doors 6:30 PM, show 7:00 PM.
Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $10 livestream.


No outside food or drink is allowed.


Your livestream ticket will include a link to view the stream. You will also be notified when the video on demand option is available, usually a few hours after the event.


Cancellation policy