Silo to host New York celebration with food and photos

Hunt Hill Farm and the Silo Cooking School in New Milford will celebrate New York this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10 and 11, with three events: a “Lost New York” multi-media lecture, a book signing and reception, and a Jewish home cooking class.

The fun starts Saturday, Sept. 10, at 2 p.m. when Susanna Dunne and Jeffrey Berg — of New Milford’s H.A. Dunne & Company, owners of an extensive New York City photo collection — will join Silo favorite Arthur Schwartz  for a joint program at Hunt Hill Farm.

Dunne and Berg will share a selection of images from their archive, along with aspects of the city that was and is no more, including iconic New York City and its neighborhoods.

Schwartz will share his gastronomic expertise, and knowledge of New York City’s culinary history — from its Dutch colonial start to its current status as the multicultural food capital of the world.

A hands-on cooking demonstrator, lecturer and teach, Schwartz was called “a walking Google of food and restaurant knowledge” by The New York Times Magazine. As a restaurant critic and the executive food editor of the New York Daily News, he was called “The Schwartz Who Ate New York.” Currently he is best known as The Food Maven, the name of his delicious and informative web site.

A reception will follow with a book signing small noshes from Schwartz’s “New York City Food,” which includes 160 recipes for American classics that either originated or were perfected in New York: Manhattan clam Chowder, eggs benedict, Lindy’s cheesecake and lobster newburg. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

On Sunday, Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. – just in time for the High Holidays — Schwartz will celebrate and share his Jewish heritage with some of his favorite Yiddish recipes, plus historical, cultural and personal stories in a demonstration class at the Silo Cooking School. The class fee is $90 per person.

Chef Mary Kravec, Silo Cooking School director, said, “Not only are his classes a wonderful learning experience and a foodies delight, but his reputation as one of the country’s foremost experts on food, cooking, culinary history, restaurants, and restaurant history is unmatched.”

Hunt Hill Farm is at 44 Upland Road in New Milford. For more info, call 860-355-0300 or visit the farm online.

Linda Tuccio-Koonz