Jonathan Waxman, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Wylie Dufresne, and more top-tier chefs will represent Manhattan in the midst of an otherwise distinctly "Brooklyn" lineup at the inaugural Taste Talks, an ambitious mix of food-related panels and workshops to be held on September 14 and 15 at the Wythe Hotel, Kinfolk Studios, and Brooklyn Bowl. April Bloomfield is "curating" the talent for the event, which looks like it's going to be a lot of fun.
Cook It Raw's Alessandro Porcelli will deliver the keynote, perhaps about what Brooklyn means to the world, while pie man Paulie Gee, Peter Shelsky of Shelsky's Smoked Fish, Jimmy Kokotas of Tom's Diner, Saul Bolton, and Susan Povich of Red Hook Lobster Pound will explain what Brooklyn means to them.
In other programming news, My Morning Jacket's Patrick Hallahan will lead a pancake breakfast, Questlove will opine on art and food, and Daniel Kreiger will teach attendees how to take food photos at restaurants without being annoying about it. "Why Does the Coffee in (Some) Restaurants Suck?" is the name of Oliver Strand's talk, and while Grub Street knows where the coffee sage is going with this, we're intrigued.
Tickets are available here; more speakers and events will be announced on Twitter in the upcoming weeks. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center.
Official Site [Taste Talks]