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This Week In Mash-Up America

The week of November 11, 2023 was getting excited for our Ethnic Aisle event at WNYC’s The Greene Space on November 16. In the second installment of our residency, we’ll sit down with Jaeki Cho, the face of Righteous Eats, and League of Kitchens founder Lisa Kyung Gross to rethink American food, explore what makes an item “ethnic,” examine what hospitality means, and create the culture of the future, starting with what’s on our plates.

Tickets include access to a League of Kitchens “mash-up” market featuring a spice demo from Burlap & Barrel, beer tastings with Harlem Blue, hot dogs from Chaat Dog, rice dishes from Terenga, and dishes from Uzbekistan and Indonesia!

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