On today’s THE FOOD SEEN, Lisa Gross, founder/CEO of The League of Kitchens, grew up in NYC, daughter of a Korean immigrant and a Jewish New Yorker, all the while eating soup, either doenjang-guk (soy bean paste soup) and matzo ball that is. Her work as an artist, educator, and social entrepreneur has always questioned the values and perceptions of social history, cross-cultural relations, domestic space, and national identity. Projects like The Boston Tree Party, an urban agricultural and political public arts project, engaged the citizens of Boston in a discourse about civic fruit, planting upwards of 70 pairs of apple trees, hoping to bear 15,000 fruit within 4 years. Lisa’s most recent endeavor, The League of Kitchens, celebrates NYC’s largest wave of immigration since the early 20th century by empowering immigrant women who’s passions as home cooks translate into inspiring teachers. These women invite guests into their homes, interactively teaching them of their native cuisines, ranging from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Greece, India, Lebanon, and Korea. You’ll learn how to make Murgir Mangsho (chicken curry), Mantu (dumplings filled with meat and onions and a tomato-chana dal sauce), Spanakopita (spinach pie), Keftedes with Tzatziki (meatballs with cucumber yogurt sauce), Galbi (Korean short ribs), Ka’ak Bi Tamer (Date Cookies, with mahlab, nutmeg, nigella, sesame seeds), and Mixed Dal (lentils, green chiles, garlic, coriander, cumin, tomatoes, fresh curry leaves, toasted mustard seeds, red chili powder) … all within the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. Sign up for your workshop today! This program has been sponsored by Tabard Inn.

“There’s often very little opportunity to have really meaningful interaction from people from other backgrounds.” [14:15]

Lisa Gross on The Food Seen