Martin Luther King Jr. Day | January 15

For Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we had a bit of a conundrum: could we try to acknowledge such an important man and movement with food?  And how could we pull it off without seeming shallow or stereotypical? A quick search revealed that King’s favorite dishes were traditional Southern ones: fried chicken, macaroni and cheese,… Continue reading Martin Luther King Jr. Day | January 15

Saint Lucia’s Day | December 13

There’s a love for all things Scandinavian these days. We aren’t sure whether it’s our current political situation that has some longing for utopian socialist democracy or simply the timeless appeal of concepts like hygge, especially as the winter sets in (hello, first snowfall of the season!), but it is all around us. One of… Continue reading Saint Lucia’s Day | December 13

Feast of San Gennaro | Sept 14 to 24

Among big immigrant groups who contributed the most to the making of modern America, Italians stand out. Escaping first from war and then from desperate rural poverty, Italians flocked to the United States in astonishing numbers. The years between 1880 and 1920 alone saw more than four million Italians becoming new Americans, the majority coming… Continue reading Feast of San Gennaro | Sept 14 to 24

St. Stephen’s Day | August 20

  Don’t be fooled: Hungary’s St. Stephen’s Day is not the winter holiday celebrated (and caroled about) as “The Feast of Steven.” Instead, it commemorates King Stephen, who founded Hungary and was canonized in 1083 by Pope Gregory VII. Unlike some holidays, where pomp or religion come first and food is secondary, eating takes pride… Continue reading St. Stephen’s Day | August 20