This week on The Food Seen Michael speaks to King Phojanakong of Kuma Inn and Umi Nom. King came to HRN studios with his wife, his parents, and (via telephone) his brother. With multiple generations and food cultures in one place, King explained about how growing up eating a mix of Thai and Filipino foods affected him growing up, and how it came to inform his cooking. The Phojanakong clan compare and contrast Thai and Filipino foods and eating traditions, and venture to name their favorite meals at Kuma Inn. Don’t miss this intimate, multi-generational look at one of NYC’s favorite ethnic-food masters. This episode was sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

New York City’s Craft Beer Week is just around the corner, beginning Friday, September 24th and running through Sunday, October 3rd. To kickoff the annual series, Whole Foods Market Bowery is hosting a beer and food pairing event in their Beer Room. Oskar Blues is on tap and Chef Jacques Gautier of Park Slope’s Palo Santo is cooking up one of his South American delights to accompany. Food tasting goes from 5 to 7 and beer will continue til 9. With a Craft Beer Week passport get $3 off a 64 ounce growler fill. Meet Chef Gautier Friday, September 24th and enjoy some special tastes, on tap and from the kitchen.

Photo: Chef King Phojanakong