A Culinary Journey Through Europe in Manhattan
Enjoy signature European dishes for this season that work well together and have the power to bring new stories and fresh conversations to life. Think about this evening as a European umami festival, with wine, stories of New York City, and new friends! It's about mindfulness, joy, and the magic of being together. (Get $12 off your first experience, $105 minimum, using my code 6F1DD1BE at the checkout.)
A bite of the Mediterranean sea. It's what makes wine flow.
A Shot of Quince Spirits
The most loved fragrance of continental Europe.
Appetizer - Croatia
Stone Dish Bread
Just-baked. Earth, moisture, crust.
Red pepper gold.
It's what cheese always wanted to be. Fermented in wooden barrels, soothing.
Maple tree smoked aged organic beef.
Salad - Italy
What can burrata do in New York City?
Main Dish - France or Bosnia
Pintada Au Vin
Coq au Vin (Rooster in Wine) is an epic French dish, a part of national heritage, that will catapult you into the collective subconscious of hundreds of years of rustic farm eating in the Burgundy region. We will drop the Coq though, and use Pintada (a.k.a. Guinea Fowl), a West African bird that I can best describe as “what chicken was 100 years ago." What great chefs call “the ultimate bird” is now found in great restaurants across Europe. Trust a
big pot, trust our shared life.
This is one of those dishes where it is not all about the broth, or all about the texture, or all about any one ingredient. It all has to work together. A twelve-ingredient dance party. Organic meat with spices and secrets rolled in savoy cabbage, then slowly cooked in the broth made of white wine, garlic, and natural smoke. Topped with European style yogurt and paprika/ghee fusion. This Bosnian umami-layered dish will dispel your doubts about the hospitality of your own life. Be hugged. (Prepared with organic beef, organic poultry, or vegetarian)
Dessert - Austria or Italy
Panettone Amaretto Pudding
I grew up in a Croatian family that was heaven-bent on cooking. Under the daily tutelage of my mom, dad, and older sister, three cooks who taught me how to live, love and make the best Sarma (a complex yet adaptable Bosnian dish to take over the world soon), I had racked up 10,000 hours in the kitchen by the time I was sixteen. (Missed lots of soccer games and parties. And loved it!)
Living between Adriatic, Italian, German, Bosnian, Hungarian, and Turkish cuisines, we were adept at discovering dishes and their stories. We would travel from Tuscany to Istanbul and from Split to Munich. Upon returning home, we would get experiments started.
Back in 6th grade, I guest-hosted a cooking show on Croatian national TV channel. Today, it is mostly about New York City and the rich immigrant tradition that makes New York City so special. She (NYC) is full of culinary artists, fresh ingredients, healthy choices, and ways to pack old dishes and new techniques into food that will awake and nourish anyone willing to learn and travel the world through NYC kitchens.
Cooking, like life, is the place of constant transformation. You only need to recognize two or three wholesome ingredients in your story, your relationships, or in your kitchen (every one of us has them, no doubt) and get enchanted with what's possible.
Although my first love is Croatian cuisine, and while Balkan and Tuscan cooking is my heart’s home, I love to challenge, experiment, and learn, while always being in touch with the four elements of fire, water, earth, and air.
I love to search the city for extraordinary finds that can transport people across the globe, across their own memories and dreams, and across the table to a new friend.
Come, sit, and feast on your life. Feel at home in the world. It’s beautiful.
"Samir is a storyteller and he does have stories to tell." ~ New York Times
Eatwith events I am planning to do in the future ( Which one would you like?)
Big Red Pot Series
East European Latin Fusion (it's time to use smoked turkey and pickled onion in at taco!)
Balkan Japanese Fusion (there is a straight line there)
City Finds (awesome ingredients from NYC that people don't know about)
New Story Dinner and Toast (everyone's journey gets celebrated)
Trip on Shrooms
Food Church in Harlem (think dirty gospel and taste-imonies)
Guest Chef Russell Chin
Guest Chef Peter Steen
Mindful and Magical Eating
Cooking Class: Throw away the recipes, stop watching the shows, and start enjoying cooking
Lenguajes que hablan:
Disfruta de las ciudades experimentando con actividades y enriquece tu vida.