Greetings, foodie friends ❤
We write today with both a reminder about this Sunday’s cook day at the Starship (3:33-9:33, 1117 S. 46th St.) — and to announce the Menu. When we last wrote to you we hadn’t yet been clear on what it would be. We now have one of incredible depth & interest, that promises to be DELICIOUS. The Kitchen will be traveling to Jerusalem on Sunday.
Jerusalem is a revered place at the edge of three continents. It is a holy place, and a Home place, to so many different peoples — and has been so for thousands of years. Indeed, the place has been the focus of bitter disputes, battles, and also the destination & setting for countless religious pilgrimages.
The CSK (naturally) endeavors to find a spiracular focus, over & above the fray of disagreements about the place, and cook a sublime menu that weaves together common threads of comfort, familiarity, and joy.
Why Jerusalem? you ask… Why the Holy Land?
Because all land is Holy Land. All lands are the subject of dispute. Meanwhile, people still have to eat — and the fruits of any land are generally what the people have to eat. People, especially over generations & often in spite of themselves, allow their hunger & tastes to betray whatever political or religious ideology they may be trying to hold on to. When people remain in close quarters, as they have in Jerusalem for so long, sharing inevitably occurs (both conscious & unconscious). Tastes & recipes are shared, changing inexorably cuisines & cultures, until the next waves of change lap on shore.
At the CSK, we hope to share the amazing flavors & traditions of the Holy Land, and draw parallels between our own Home, the lands that feed us, and the common threads of food & family that transcend difference.