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November 7, 6:30 P.M. Talk and Taste: The Story of Chinese Food with James Beard Award-Winning Authors Fuchsia Dunlop and Grace Young

November 07, 2023 06:30 PM

A Discussion About Fuchsia Dunlop’s New Book, Invitation to a Banquet: The Story of Chinese Food

25 11th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA

In celebration of the publication of her latest book, Invitation to a Banquet, James Beard Award–winning author Fuchsia Dunlop will provide a richly informative exploration of the history, techniques, and philosophies of Chinese cuisine. Dunlop will be joined in conversation with Grace Young, the award-winning cookbook author, culinary historian, Chinatown activist, and recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award.  

Join these culinary powerhouses and two of the world’s leading chroniclers of Chinese cooking, as they unpack the traditions of this ancient cuisine while you gain a new appreciation for this sophisticated culinary culture. 

Snacks and beverages provided 

Individual snack portions of Tingly Sichuan Pepper Peanuts generously donated by 50Hertz Tingly Foods will be served along with Sichuan Baijiu generously donated by Ming River.  

Invitation to a Banquet: The Story of Chinese Food by Fuchsia Dunlop will be available for purchase and signing at the event. 

*For those with nut allergies, please note that peanuts will be served at this event

General Admission: $25 

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About Fuchsia Dunlop: 

Fuchsia Dunlop is a James Beard award–winning food writer and cook specializing in Chinese cuisine. She trained as a chef at the Sichuan Higher Institute of Cuisine in the 1990s and has been researching Chinese food for nearly three decades. She is the author of seven books, four of which have been translated into Chinese, and has won numerous awards, including four from the James Beard Foundation. Fuchsia has appeared in TV shows including Ugly Delicious and A Bite of China. A Mandarin Chinese speaker, she also leads culinary tours of China. Her latest book is Invitation to a Banquet: The Story of Chinese Food. 

About Grace Young:  

Grace Young is an award-winning cookbook author, culinary historian, and filmmaker. She is a 2023 Forbes 50 Over 50 honoree and is the recipient of the Julia Child Award, James Beard Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award and is a USA Today Women of the Year honoree for her work to save America’s Chinatowns. Dubbed the “accidental voice for Chinatown” by Grub Street, Grace’s advocacy for America’s Chinatowns has been featured on CBS Mornings, PBS Newshour, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, All Things Considered, Smithsonian, and Vogue magazine. Named the “Poet Laureate of the wok” by the food historian Betty Fussell, Grace has devoted her career to celebrating healthy wok cookery. Her accolades include James Beard Awards for her Wok Therapist comedy video and cookbook Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge. She is a six-time IACP award winner, including the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award and the Culinary Classics Award for her cookbook The Breath of a Wok. She is currently partnering with the James Beard Foundation on the #SupportChinatowns social media campaign to raise public awareness to preserve and protect America’s Chinatowns. 

Tickets to events held at Platform at Pier 57 by the James Beard Foundation cover the cost of food, education and a unique dining experience. Meals are prepared by culinary masters from all regions of the United States and around the world. Unless otherwise stated, alcoholic beverages are provided on a complimentary basis and are not included in the ticket price.

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Reservation Policy:

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Alcohol Disclaimer:

James Beard Foundation events permit guests age 21 years and older to attend events where alcoholic beverages are served. 

Dietary/Food Restrictions Policy:

Events at Platform by JBF are special one-night-only menus and we do not offer a la carte menus. If you have serious food allergies, we will work with the visiting chef team to do our best to accommodate but cannot guarantee that alternate options will be available for every course.

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