“Did Jews discover Chinese food on Christmas, or did Chinese restaurants discover Jewish customers?”
That is the age old question posed by the Museum of Food and Drink this holiday season, as they continue Chow— a monthly after-hours series celebrating the impact of Chinese cuisine on New York City. Featuring live chef demonstrations, music, cocktails, engaging talks, and special performances, each month’s event relates to a specific theme. This month’s theme? Chow x Judaism.
The tradition of Jewish people eating Chinese food on Christmas exemplifies that classic image of New York as one big cultural melting pot, a city where people of every ethnicity, nationality, and religion might find themselves sitting next to each other on the subway… or even spending christmas eve together. With Chow x Judaism, MOFAD explores how immigration patterns fostered culinary cultural exchange between these two historical communities of NYC.
Chef Julie Cole of Nom Wah Tea Parlor will teach a live chef demo, preceding a lively performance from comedians Mic Nguyen and Fumi Abe, Co-Hosts of Asian Not Asian podcast, and a presentation from Rabbi Joshua Eli Plaut, Author of A Kosher Christmas: 'Tis the Season to Be Jewish.
The event will also feature a Kosher Chinese Night Market, with a selection of small bites, Kosher wines, and complimentary beer from Brooklyn Brewery.
Run Time: 3 hours