Happy New Year and hello, hello, hello again! It’s been a long holiday break for the Hapa Kitchen team, but we’re heading into February with a number of events lined up in the coming weeks. First off, we’re thrilled to be collaborating with our friends at Underground Food Collective with a dinner in their hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. The UFC recently paid their third visit to Brooklyn with a series of winter dinners, brilliantly focused around the theme of “preservation.” We did not preserve a mouthful on our plates.
Our collaborative dinner will be hosted by the Glass House Supper Club at Bradbury’s on February 28th. It will be a cozy, intimate six-course dinner and tickets are now available for it here. Once in Wisconsin, we’ll be sourcing our food from local farms that UFC and Glass House has established great relationships with, as well as the Saturday Farmers’ Market in Madison. We can’t tell you how excited we are to bring hapa flavors to a new region, and new, local foods, just like UFC has been doing each time they cook in Brooklyn. (Above photo: from Underground Food Collective’s winter dinner held at the Meat Hook, January 17th.)
Next stop in Madison, we’ll be serving a big group dinner for about 100 members of the Slow Food University of Wisconsin chapter. Slow Food UW has been holding Monday Family Dinner nights each week for a while (along with a host of really great sounding events – see their blog), with guest chefs often coming to create the menu and serve.
Speaking of which, those menus are still in the works and we’ll be posting more info here soon. In the meantime, you can also catch the Hapa Kitchen at the book launch party for co-founder Cathy Erway on February 18th. We’ll be making some of our favorite “hapa tapa”-style snacks, revamped for just the occasion — some ideas tweaked from recipes in Cathy’s book, The Art of Eating In, and others just off-the-wall nods to all flavors half-Chinese/half-New Jersey, like the author herself. At least, I think that’s what Akiko is up to on this… Get your tickets for that foodfest here!