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Eat With the Banned: A Celebration of Emma's Torch

  • Institute of Culinary Education 225 Liberty Street New York, NY, 10281 United States (map)

Now, more than ever, we stand with those fleeing hardship and persecution to access the American dream. As the world faces the largest refugee crisis since World War II, we can each play a role in supporting the newest members of our community.  

On September 18th, the restaurant industry’s leading educators at the Institute of Culinary Education and Insurgo Project will host “Eat with the Banned,” a dinner to celebrate Emma’s Torch, a non-profit dedicated to empowering refugees through culinary education.  Join us for an evening of spices, stories, and specialities, from students and graduates of  Emma’s Torch.  

We are delighted to welcome Julia TurshenNew York Times best-selling author, as our keynote speaker. 

All proceeds from this event will go directly to support Emma’s Torch and its life changing initiatives.

Eat with the Banned will feature presentations by Julia Turshen; Ethan Frisch of Burlap & Barrel, Chef Sabrina Sexton, Chef Dalia Jurgensen, Chef Harold Villarosa, Kerry Brodie of Emma's Torch and more. 

Julia Turshen by Gentl & Hyers

Julia Turshen by Gentl & Hyers

Julia Turshen is the author of the forthcoming Feed the Resistance and Small Victories, named one of the Best Cookbooks of Fall 2016 by The New York Times.  She has coauthored such cookbooks as Spain…A Culinary Road Trip with Mario Batali, It’s All Good with Gwyneth Paltrow, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen with Dana Cowin, as well as The Kimchi Chronicles, Hot Bread Kitchen, The Fat Radish Kitchen Diaries, and Buvette. She hosted the first two seasons of Radio Cherry Bombe and has written for Vogue, T Magazine, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Saveur, SELF, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.  She lives in upstate New York with her wife, dogs, and cat.

Kerry Brodie, Executive Director of Emma's Torch; Chef Harold Villarosa, Founder of Insurgo and Executive Chef at Freemans Restaurant; Ethan Frisch, Founder and CEO of Burlap & Barrel

Emma's Torch is a non profit social enterprise that provides culinary training and job placement services to refugees and survivors of human trafficking.

The Institute of Culinary Education is one of New York's preeminent culinary schools, dedicated to inspiring students to reach their full potential through an education that emphasizes technique and professionalism.

Insurgo expands the types of food programming that improve the quality of life for multicultural communities. Their team is guided by the shared values developed over time alongside local businesses, NGOs, schools and young people - environmental sustainability, food justice, youth civic engagement. Insurgo works with their partners to develop and implement youth-oriented programming, including paid student internships, fundraising opportunities for NGOs, and marketing opportunities for local businesses: One Chef is Rising to Obama’s Call.

Earlier Event: August 11
Emma's Torch Shabbat Dinner