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Anna Gass at Emma's Torch

A culinary celebration of immigrant women. 

Anna's latest cookbook, HEIRLOOM KITCHEN, preserves recipes that have shaped the American food landscape. 

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Born in Italy, Anna Francese Gass came to the United States as a young child and grew up eating her mother’s Italian cooking. But when this professional cook realized she did not know how to make her family’s beloved meatballs—a recipe that existed only in her mother’s memory—Anna embarked on a project to record and preserve not only her mother’s recipes, but the recipes of several immigrant women, for generations to come.

For two nights only, Anna brings her recipes to life for you!

We’re delighted to welcome Anna to Emma's Torch on July 11 and 12. Anna will be spearheading the design of a unique, collaborative menu that reflects the recipes of HEIRLOOM KITCHEN and that will be executed by the Emma’s Torch team. Just like at our graduation dinners, you will see dishes from around the world: will it be Magda's meltingly delicious Pork Adobo from the Philippines? Shari's Fesenjoon, an Iranian walnut and pomegranate stew? Or maybe Tina's pleat-perfect Northern Chinese dumplings? You'll have to come in to see what dishes are on the menu. We cannot wait to welcome you to this unique celebration of immigrants and refugees.


About Anna

Anna Francese Gass is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute. After a stint in corporate sales, she traded the boardroom for the test kitchen, and has since worked for Whole Foods, Mad Hungry, and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Currently, she is a regular contributing editor at Food52 and contributing writer for She lives in Connecticut with her husband and three children.

Earlier Event: July 8
Later Event: July 15