The Essex Street Market this month is beginning a new series of free evening events focused on the changing food landscape of New York City.
The series, called Talk & Taste, will bring together industry experts and entrepreneurs for quarterly conversations, preceded by tastings from market vendors and complimentary sips (from Tiger Beer).
The first event takes place Thursday, April 14. It features Robert LaValva, founder of the New Amsterdam Market. He’ll be discussing the history of public markets in New York and why he feels they’re worthy of preservation (his Seaport market ended its run at the South Street Seaport in 2014).
As part of the series, they will be unveiling a series of historic, one-of-a-kind prints taken at the Essex Street Market in the late 1970s by photographer Marcia Halperin.
Here’s the schedule for future Talk & Taste Events:
June 16 — Immigration in the Kitchen: A Generation of Food Entrepreneurs, in partnership with MoFAD
September 15 — Framing Urban Renewal on the Lower East Side, in partnership with Tenement Museum
December 8 — How Bakeries Became NYC’s Biggest Food Manufacturers, in partnership with Turnstile Tours
The events are being hosted in partnership with with New Amsterdam Market, Museum of Food and Drink, Tenement Museum, and Turnstile Tours.
The talks are free but they’re limited to 50 people and you need to RSVP. More info here.