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A Farewell to Quenelles: The Evolution of Restaurant Culture in New York

October 15, 2008

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A conversation about the culinary future of our famously food-critical city, with Paul Freedman, Josh Ozersky, Krishnendu Ray, and Laura Shapiro, moderated by Mitchell Davis.

Former Cullman Center Fellow Paul Freedman is the author, most recently, of Out of the East: Spices and the Medieval Imagination, and the editor of Food: A History of Taste. He is the Chester D. Tripp Professor of History at Yale University.

Josh Ozersky, a.k.a. "Mr Cutlets," is the New York Senior Editor of Citysearch. He was until recently the editor and chief writer of "Grub Street," New York magazine's food and restaurant blog, and his work there was honored with a James Beard Award for Food Writing. Ozersky?s books include The Hamburger: A History, and Meat Me In Manhattan.

Krishnendu Ray is Assistant Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University, and the author of The Migrant?s Table: Meals and Memories in Bengali-American Households. He serves on the editorial board of the journal Food, Culture & Society.

The award-winning journalist Laura Shapiro has written several books of culinary history, including Something from the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America; Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking at the Turn of the Century; and, most recently, Julia Child; which garnered the International Association of Culinary Professionals Award for Literary Food Writing this year.

Moderator Mitchell Davis is the Vice President of the James Beard Foundation and a contributor to Time Out New York, Gastronomica, and Food and Wine. His most recent cookbook is The Mensch Chef: Or Why Delicious Jewish Food Isn't an Oxymoron.