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When Aging Is Good: The History and Art of Great Beef w/Betty Fussell / Culinary Historians of NY
DeBragga & Spitler
New York, NY
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When Aging Is Good: The History and Art of Great Beef w/Betty Fussell / Culinary Historians of NY
Nothing better illustrates how food gets to our tables than the complex process by which cattle are transformed into beef. Betty Fussell, author of "Raising Steaks: The Life & Times of American Beef" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2008), will provide the history of this transformation in the commerce of New York City, from the founding of New Amsterdam four centuries ago to the present day Gansevoort Meat Market.

To help explain the importance of the artisan tradition in this process, George Faison and Marc Sarrazin of DeBragga.com will lead a tasting of steak aged two ways, wet and dry. Talk, tasting, and discussion will be followed by a rare tour of the on-site aging room of DeBragga and Spitler. DeBragga and Spitler is one of the last and best purveyors of fine meat within the Market; DeBragga.com is their online consumer store. Please note: The beef tasting will begin promptly at 6:30.

CHNY Member Betty Fussell is a food historian and journalist, author of 11 books, a winner of the IACP Jane Grigson Award (1993) for "The Story of Corn" and of a James Beard Foundation Award for Journalism for "American Prime" (2008). Her new book has been nominated for an IACP Book Award. She has been a member of New York's and Boston's Culinary Historians for over two decades.

DeBragga and Spitler
826-D Washington Street, in the meat market
New York, NY 10014
Enter through the doorway in the far corner of the courtyard and climb the stairs one flight to the main office area.

Time: 6:30 pm Tasting | 7:00 pm Lecture | Tours beginning at 7:45

Fee: $40 Non-Members and Guests | $25 CHNY Members | $22 CHNY Student & Senior Members

Please buy your tickets here, by Monday, April 13th - click the Begin Order button at the top right.

SEATING IS EXTREMELY LIMITED. YOU MUST REGISTER AND PAY IN ADVANCE. Unpaid reservations are not permitted for this event.

If you register/pay and find you cannot attend, please let us know no later than 5:00pm on Tuesday, April 14th to receive a refund or a credit towards a future program. Please inform us of cancellations as soon as possible so that we can give your spot to someone on the waiting list. Contact Events at http://culinaryhistoriansny.org/contact.html.

If the event is sold out here and you would like to add your name to the wait list, please e-mail us.

For further information about CHNY programs, see http://culinaryhistoriansny.org/events.html.

Save the Date(s):

Wednesday, May 20, 2009
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Krishnendu Ray on the History of Ethnic Restaurants in America (topic TBD)


DeBragga & Spitler
826 Washington Street
New York, NY 10014
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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