My LES – Marja Samsom

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Dutch performance artist Marja Samsom arrived in New York’s East Village in the 80’s with a passion and dedication that enabled her to transform weekly prix fixe dinners for friends into The Kitchen Club which became an iconic destination for European-Japanese cuisine. Later Marja would expand with Chibi’s Sake Bar, named after her darling French bulldog, Chibi, and most recently transformed herself into “The Dumpling Diva,” providing enlightening cooking classes at a variety of venues throughout the city.