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September Graduation Dinner

  • Emma's Torch 345 Smith Street Brooklyn, NY, 11231 United States (map)

"[T]he most thrilling way to eat at Emma's Torch..."
—The New Yorker

No two graduation dinners are the same, because each cohort of Emma's Torch students designs each one. For this event, our students collaboratively bring to the table a multi-course menu inspired by flavors from their home countries, with dishes they can confidently and proudly call their own. This month’s unique culinary experience will feature our 13th cohort of students.

On September 24, Emma's Torch will toast to our FIFTEENTH cohort of aspiring chefs over a delicious, multi-course dinner spearheaded by acclaimed cookbook author Joan Nathan. Joan Nathan has traveled the globe, experiencing the ways food reflects history and culture — from preparations and family traditions to the migrations that have longed shaped human life and history. Her magnificent, award-winning books bring this history into our lives and onto our tables.

Don't miss your chance to meet someone whose global culinary knowledge inspires us all. Our graduating students⁠—from Egypt, Guinea-Conakry, Colombia, El Salvador, Macedonia, and the U.S. — will work with Nathan to design dishes that reflect their culinary traditions and dreams. Let's send them off with an unforgettable evening!

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Joan Nathan is the author of eleven cookbooks including her latest work, “King Solomon’s Table: a Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World." Her previous cookbook, “Quiches, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France” (Knopf), was named one of the 10 best cookbooks of 2010 by NPR, Food and Wine, and Bon Appétit magazines. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times and Tablet Magazine.

In 1994, Nathan’s Jewish Cooking in America won both the James Beard Award for the best American cookbook and the IACP/Julia Child Cookbook of the Year Award. In 2017 this book was named a “Culinary Classic” by the IACP. The same James Beard Award was later bestowed on her 2005 cookbook The New American Cooking. An earlier work, An American Folklife Cookbook, was given the R.T. French Tastemaker Award in 1985 for American cooking. Her other books include Foods of Israel Today, Joan Nathan’s Jewish Holiday Cookbook, The Jewish Holiday Baker, The Children’s Jewish Holiday Kitchen, The Jewish Holiday Kitchen, and The Flavor of Jerusalem.

In 2004 she was the Guest Curator of Food Culture USA, the 2005 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, DC, based on the research for her book, The New American Cooking.

Ms. Nathan’s PBS television series, Jewish Cooking in America with Joan Nathan, was nominated in 2000 for the James Beard Award for Best National Television Food Show. She was also senior producer of Passover: Traditions of Freedom, an award-winning documentary sponsored by Maryland Public Television. Ms. Nathan has appeared as a guest on numerous radio and television programs including the Today show, Good Morning, America, The Martha Stewart Show and National Public Radio.

Earlier Event: September 23
Later Event: September 30