Food workshops, dance classes and musical performances – all to be experienced from your home:
The Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) believes “Food is Culture”.
“As the most universal aspect of human existence, it is a powerful lens for understanding ourselves, each other, and the world around us. MOFAD is a new kind of museum that uses this power to create cultural change towards a more thoughtful, caring, and delicious future.”
They are currently working on their exhibit “African/American: Making The Nations Table” which will be: “the country’s first major exhibition celebrating the countless Black chefs, farmers, and food and drink producers who have laid the foundation for American food culture. …Many assume African American food consists only of fried chicken, collard greens, and cornbread. Yet African American influence goes beyond soul food. It is all around us: in our rice, sugar, ice cream, whiskey, and more.”
They also have online programs running now. Upcoming events include: “Indigenous Roots: Exploring the Crossroads of African American and Indigenous American Cuisine” and “Straight to the Source: Origins, Stories, and Spices with Sana Javeri Kadri and Stephen Satterfield”. Additionally, they’ve recorded interviews with journalists, chefs, activists, and business owners navigating the impact of COVID-19 on the hospitality industry as part of their “At The Table” series.
Another MOFAD project is MOFAD City, a guide to the culinary fabric of Chinatown, where you can learn all about its history (“through the restaurants, shops, and dishes that trace its history”) – as well as the history of fortune cookies.
The New York Chinese Cultural Center (NYCCC) is “dedicated to deepening the understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture in the global and local communities.”
Sunday comprises the last day of their “We Are NYCCC” Campaign”: It features performers Grant Zhuang & David Fung, and a free online workshop to “showcase the people and programs your donations will support. In our interactive workshops, our artists will teach you Chinese dance, music, kung fu, Mandarin, arts and crafts.”
Sunday’s workshop is: “Basic Chinese Dance with Mandarin workshop“.
Previous event videos can be found at: nychineseculturalcenter.org/we-are-nyccc
And Summerstage Anywhere continues throughout August with music, dance and other exciting programming, highlighting genres that were born in or deeply represent New York. There are a number of Culture Talks (including with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar in conversation with Melanie George, and Ibeyi & Emicida, moderated by Felix Contreras), there’s Monday Meditation with Karine Plantadit, and performances from artists like Black Violin and Diddi Emah (as part of Sunday’s Family Day), Marc Marvelous, and Emel Mathlouthi.
(Featured image of: Black Violin and Diddi Emah via Summerstage Anywhere)