Preview: MOFAD: Having a Ball: How the Meatball Became a Global Citizen

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Date(s) - 11/01/2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm



Cover image © Luca Nebuloni

What’s up? Join MOFAD for a talk and tasting with a panel of chefs and experts to discuss the globetrotting meatball through trade routes, colonization, globalization, and all the way the frozen food aisle at the local supermarket.

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MOFAD frequently holds food events with experts including Senegalese chef Pierre Thiam © Lise for WhereNYC

Why you should go.  There are few dishes that transcend modern borders like the humble meatball. From Ancient Roman recipes that feature peacock and dolphin, to the Persian kofta that radiated out from the Levant and found its way across North Africa and into South Asia, to the poetically named Lion’s Head of Shanghai; virtually all cultures have a version of the globular comfort food.

What is MOFAD?

Carved out from an old garage, this museum lab devotes itself entirely to exploring food, drink and culture. MOFAD has hosted several inspiring after-hours events including: An evening of Polish vodkaChef Pierre Thiam on Senegalese CuisineFood writer Sarah LohmanMichael Twitty’s African Roots in Southern CuisineSpice Master Lior Lev Sercarz of La Boîte NYC, and Éric Ripert and Alex Guarnaschelli.

Useful tips:

  • RSVP ASAP before tickets sell out.
  • Attire? Casual works.
  • Alone or with friends? Either or.
  • Business cards are always a plus.
  • Fancy a nightcap or bite to eat nearby? 
  1. KarczmaKarczma, 136 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
  2. Krolewskie Jadlo 694 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn NY, 11222 – Polish, the most medieval-looking restaurant I’ve ever seen.
  3. No Name Bar 597 Manhattan Ave. New York, NY 11222 Chinese trendy, hipster popular.
  4. Pete’s Candystore 709 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, No longer an old-school candystore, but a creative bar with live music.
  5. Spritzenhaus, 33 Nassau Avenue, Greenpoint, great selection of beer, family friendly, good dogs and fries. I love this place.
  6. Tørst 615 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222 Craft beers – yes this is Greenpoint!