When the film Food Haven opens on Zinc owner Donna Curran and Kitchen Zinc owner and chef Denise Appel, they are shoulder-to-shoulder at a table, Appel still in her chef’s coat. Something she has said has Curran laughing through her sentences.
“Does food bring people together?” Appel asks. “For sure. Yeah. But how?”
Jason Sobocinski was struggling with the toughest financial quarter Caseus has had yet. Downtown at Zinc New Haven, Donna Curran was applying lessons learned from the 2008 recession. Half a mile away at Ninth Square Caribbean Style, Elisha Hazel and her partner Qulen Wright were planning new recipes with vegan macaroni and cheese, jerk tofu, and tender jackfruit — and wondering if running a restaurant would get any easier.
Mubarakah Ibrahim didn’t expect a cancer scare to lead her to any sweet treats. But when a doctor found a growth on her uterus, she was hit with a thought that pierced her to her very core: What if I never get to eat bean pie again?
Peter Guo has a routine at the end of every January: pick out the freshest fish and vegetables from his favorite markets, buy enough pork, lotus root, and yu choi for 600 customers in two days, put on his starched apron and splattered chef’s cap, and get to work.
Friday’s programs on WNHH Radio take a dip in the Bering Sea to look at sustainable seafood, applaud parental advocacy, bring back the world’s best pundits, and take Talladega College to court for joining Donald J. Trump’s inauguration lineup.
Friday’s programs on WNHH radio go full steam ahead into the end of 2016, exploring last-minute local shopping, recapping a crazy year of news, and looking at how New Haveners get their holiday season on.
Standing before a hot plate and sacks of sugar, semolina flour, and ground nuts, A (who asked not to be identified by her name) prepared to perform culinary magic. Her hands flew through the still air, 30 pairs of eyes following her every move. The swift flick of her wrist. A spoon stirring slowly through simple syrup.
As she spoke, a fast thread of Arabic running from her to the audience, translator Malak Nasr stepped forward to distill her sentences. Two cups of sugar. Four cups of coarse semolina.