What do you get when you cross a risk-taker and a visionary who happens to be a chef? Craig Thornton, a.k.a. Wolvesmouth. Former chef at Bouchon Las Vegas and private chef to Nicolas Cage, now running cult underground supper club Wolvesden in the arts district of downtown L.A. Combine his market-driven, artistic menu, with attention to detail to atmosphere and vibe, and there’s no wondering why it’s difficult to get an invite to Wolvesden.
We talked with Thornton about his approach to the supper club, his inspirations, and his plans for a New York pop-up.
What exactly is Wolvesden? A supper club? A dinner party?
It kind of started out as a dinner party initially, but as things grow, it has evolved into something that straddles the line of a dinner party and a restaurant. It’s been kind of hard to define because it’s taken on its own entity. The people eating define what it is more than I do.
New York’s subway system might not usually whet your appetite, but the MetroCard Project is hoping to change that.
Graphic designer Melanie Chernock has redesigned the iconic MetroCard, with a tasty twist. Her designs pay homage to New York’s different neighborhoods and their traditional eats: meat for the Meatpacking District, spaghetti in Little Italy, herbs in the Gramercy Park. Our favorites are the Alphabet City Metrocard, made of Alphabet Soup (what else?) and the saucy ketchup design which has us craving that other New York icon, the hot dog.
MAD might mean ‘food’ in Danish, but in the case of Rene Redzepi‘s MAD Food Camp 2012, it’s also a cheeky nod to the crazy geniuses of baller chefs taking part in his food symposium.
Noma‘s Redzepi has been getting a lot of ink lately about the superstar line-up for the second round of his food festival. Ferran Adrià, Dan Barber, Wylie Dufresne, Fergus Henderson, Massimo Bottura and of course, Rene Redzepi will gather for two days of workshops, food installations, demonstrations and food talks, with the aiming of drawing attention to issues around gastronomy, the environment and produce. This year’s theme enticingly centers on the word ‘appetite’.
The event will be held in Copenhagen on July 1st and 2nd, 2012 and tickets are available by emailing email@example.com.
Full list of confirmed speakers for MAD Food Camp 2012 here.
It’s a Tuesday night on the Lower East Side and the best of Brooklyn are coming to the party.
Underground Eats are proud to sponsor Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center‘s second birthday at Louis 649. Cocktail maestro Brian Quinn will be on hand to guest judge the best herbal libation competition, with tastings from New York Distilling Company and Brooklyn Hemispherical Bitters, as well as five of Brooklyn’s best mixologists, including Blueprint‘s Regina Christiansen and Wolf and Deer‘s Rafael Hasid.
Ger-Nis founder Nissa Pierson is serving Louis 649′s signature grilled cheese sandwiches (made with Saxelby Cheese, so you know they’re good) in two new herbal flavors, including Cilantro and Jalapeño Pesto, and One Girl Cookies are baking up mouth-watering herbal cookies. With live, sexy jazz music by the Dan Aran Trio, it’s going to be one sweet birthday bash.
Join us on Tuesday April 10th, 8pm-12am at Louis 649, 649 East 9th Street, New York. Free.
Chef Dan Lenchner and his son, Yair, are putting the sexy back into kosher food. Well, that would imply that kosher food was at one point sexy, and who would argue that it ever was? And so Dan, owner of Manna Catering, has opened the first kosher pop-up restaurant in The Foundry, a stunning venue in Long Island City, to show that kosher food is as innovative and delicious as any other cuisine.
A brief culinary history on the father-son duo: Dan has been catering for 30 years. Yair is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute and is currently a line cook at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s The Mark. This month’s theme at the pop-up is Spring Italian, and Yair is spending a month in Italy researching the menu.
I chatted with Dan about why he came up with the idea of a kosher pop-up, and how he plans to make kosher food sexy.