Thursday, May 03, 2012

Sassafras on the Menu. Foraging and Lunch

On the back of an old newspaper recipe clipping can be a delight.  Turn over the sweet potato steak fries (oven-roasted crispy with cumin and coriander) and see this, date and source unknown, but probably New York Times:  caption in a section of community events -- Foraging for Lunch. For your ready rsvp, you may attend a luncheon of foraged ingredients such as "wild watercress, nasturtium leaves and sassafras...."  Quick!  How is the sassafras to be served?

What delectible portion -- tender spring rootlet, leaf, bark brewed? A foraging menu.  Yes.

We are too late.  The event was on Saturday, 11:30 AM-3:00 PM at the what? Kin Shop, 469 Avenue of the Americas -- aha!   New York. At 12th Street intersection. Cost - high for many luncheon places, but routine for NY -- $50 per and if you want a cocktail with "drinking vinegars," pay another $25.  And the phone number is given which, mercifully, we omit here.

Now to look up the Kin Shop. Kin as in relative? No, silly.  This turns out to be a Thai restaurant, see .  And in Greenwich Village.

And they received further featuring in 2010 in the New York Times, see

Now, make a reservation. A search of the menu does not show sassafras, but you can ask. What are drinking vinegars?

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