Did you think America’s first celebrity chef was Chef Boy-Ar-Dee? He was a mere toddler when J. Ranji Smile arrived in New York in 1899 to introduce curry dishes to the city’s high society. On Thursday evening, August 10 at 7:00 the Brooklyn Historical Society will present gastronomic historian Sarah Lohman and MIT scholar Vivek Bald, who will discuss Chef Smile’s “sometimes scandalous rise to fame and his lasting impact on American cuisine.” Admission is $10, or $5 for BHS members. There’s more information and buy tickets here.
Hot Event At Brooklyn Historical Society Thursday Evening, August 10: How Curry Spiced Up New York
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