On Thursday, April 13, New York chefs Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster, Floyd Cardoz of Paowalla, and Manish Mehrotra of Indian Accent will cook at a seated dinner benefiting the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD). Tickets for the luxe spring benefit — hosted by Gail Simmons, chaired by Alex Guarnaschelli, and honoring Ruth Reichl’s long career in food writing and criticism — are on sale now, starting at $750 a head ($550 per ticket is tax deductible).
For cocktail hour before dinner at Tribeca Rooftop, the museum curated a number of dishes with strong influences from immigrant communities — including chop suey, mofongo, and sweets from Syria — along with drinks created by bartender Dave Arnold and inspired by New York City taverns in the 1700s. The multi-course dinner with wine pairings “will showcase immigrant cuisines found throughout New York City’s neighborhoods, celebrating their contributions to American cuisine.”
Funds raised at the benefit will go towards MOFAD’s goal of building a large-scale food museum. Currently in the MOFAD Lab, the museum’s gallery space in Brooklyn, visitors can see the exhibit Chow, which celebrates the evolution of Chinese-American restaurants. Eater’s a media partner and worked with the non-profit to create eight MOFAD City guides with a focus on immigrant food cultures in communities across the United States.