Local chefs to flex their culinary muscles at ‘Big Food’ event
Three noted local chefs will share both their culinary philosophies and creations at a special program on Thursday, May 10, at Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave.
The event is being held in conjunction with the Peabody’s current exhibition “Big Food: Health, Culture and the Evolution of Eating.”
The featured chefs will be:
Claire Criscuolo, owner of Claire’s Corner Copia on Chapel Street;
Tagan Engel, chair of the New Haven Food Policy Council and author of the blog “Tagan’s Kitchen,” showcasing recipes featuring seasonal and local foods; and
Jason Sobocinski, owner of Caseus Fromagerie Bistro on Whitney Avenue and host of the Cooking Channel’s “The Big Cheese.”
The program will begin in the Peabody auditorium with a panel discussion moderated by Jeannette Ickovics, professor at the Yale School of Public Health, director of the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement, and lead curator of “Big Food.” The panelists, all cookbook authors, will discuss their cuisine in relation to the exhibition, referencing their cookbooks and cooking philosophies, as well as the local food environment and access to fresh, healthy food.
Following the discussion, visitors will have a chance to sample recipes from each of the chefs’ new cookbooks. A book signing, with books available for sale, will also take place. Criscuolo’s newest release is “Welcome to Claire’s: 35 Years of Recipes and Reflections from the Landmark Vegetarian Restaurant.” Engel wrote and edited “New Haven Cooks/Cocina New Haven,” a project of CitySeed; the book includes the Peabody-inspired trail mix recipe, Torosaurus Crunch. Sobocinski’s book, “Caseus Fromagerie Bistro Cookbook: Every Cheese Has a Story,” has dozens of signature recipes, as well as photos and information on where to find unique ingredients.
The program is $10 per person; $5 for museum members. Advanced registration is required at email@example.com.
“Big Food: Health, Culture and the Evolution of Eating” explores the neuroscience of appetite, genetics of obesity, and how food and energy are stored in the body. It runs through Dec. 2. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Peabody, the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement at the Yale School of Public Health, and the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.