It’s been a bit since our last Tables of Contents reading–the events we host at which great writers read from their work and we make food inspired by their readings. We’re excited to announce that our next reading will be July 10 with an amazing line-up: Victor Lavalle (The Changeling, Slapboxing with Jesus, etc.); the New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik (At the Strangers’ Gate, Paris to the Moon); and Sarah Gerard (Sunshine State, Binary Star).
When you work in a restaurant you can’t help but see the consequences of your actions–they arrive quickly and vividly, whether it’s the happy result of seeing a customer take pleasure in something you just made or, less pleasant, grabbing a scorching pan handle without a towel and watching the blisters rise while you try to cook the rest of service with one good hand.
We get to see the consequences of our other decisions, too–when we buy food from a local farmer instead of a distant agribusiness we get to see the farm work better, see some local farmland get a longer lease on life, see our region function more wholly and with better options for everyone in the community.
We’ve always said if we couldn’t run a restaurant in line with our values we wouldn’t run a restaurant at all. We value sharing information, protecting the planet, strengthening local communities and economies, and of course sharing delicious food. It’s such a deep pleasure to be able to sit around a table with similarly committed chefs and food industry folks to talk about how we can do better at living out those values. Last night we sat down with folks from Glynwood, Green Table, Upland, Sunday in Brooklyn, Harvest & Revel, Franny’s, Chumley’s, and Metta to talk about how to support small farmers raising animals in the Hudson Valley and how the choices we make in how we buy and serve meat improve or restrict the lives of those farmers. Little by little, meal by meal, toward a better, fairer, more delicious food system for all
Many forms of joy accompany running a restaurant in New York City–above all, the pleasure of meeting and feeding and working with people from all over the world. We’ve been deeply troubled lately by our country’s failure to respond adequately to the world’s refugee crisis and the rise in anti-immigrant sentiment we’ve seen. So we’ve teamed up with some of our favorite restaurants to host a night of snacks and drinks to benefit the International Refugee Assistance Project
Join us Tuesday December 13 at 7p for our monthly reading series, featuring readings by Alexander Chee, Marie-Helene Bertino, and Rajesh Parameswaran, with textually-inspired snacks by Evan Hanczor. $5 suggested donation includes food! Beer and wine available.
This restaurant, and the food it serves, would not exist without the love and sweat of African-Americans, immigrants, women, and LGBTQ people. Indeed our entire food system depends, and has depended for centuries, on their work. Unless you’re growing all your own food, these people are feeding you every day.
We as a restaurant, we as people who care about food, owe it to these folks to make sure that they are safe here as our neighbors and to try to build a country that acknowledges their work and embraces them with the love and respect that they deserve.
Every day, it’s our privilege to serve breakfast and lunch to hundreds of people from every walk of life and corner of the globe. We see people sit down and eat together and have real conversations with one another. Those moments of connection and those conversations are the building blocks of community and of our country. This week has made it clearer than ever how important it is that we have those conversations, and made us resolve anew to ensure that we are a welcoming and safe space for them to take place.