Sam Kim runs Skimkim Foods, a brand of Korean-American products, and Kat Popiel will helm a soon-to-be-launched online food magazine called On Plate, Still Hungry. Together they conceived of SOMETHING I ATE, a quarterly event that merges food and art.
The second installment is a dinner inspired by an exhibit on Thursday night at Kinfolk Studio in Williamsburg. (7 to 10 p.m.; 90 Wythe Avenue).
“Each time, what changes is the venue, artists, sponsors, DJ and most importantly, the menu,” enthuses Popiel. However, the objective of the event, to “use food as a way to connect creative people,” says Popiel, whose day job involves social media and content at IndieGoGo.com, stays the same.“What we always say is that we are creatives,” she says, referring to the writers, artists, chefs, designers, photographers, musicians and filmmakers she knows: “We are not trying to run an art show,” clarifies Popiel.
This time, works from 11 different contributors (Shantell Martin, Kinfolk Bicycles, Brian Hubble, Valissa Yoe, Duffy Higgins, Charles Shedden, SlantShack Jerky, Sam Kim, James McDuffee and Mark Byron) will be showcased, documenting “seven days of their eating,” say Kim. Each artist makes “a piece of art based on that experience, says Kim, who explains that the created works are left “very wide open” to interpretation. We “actually asked the artist to try to stretch and use a media that they are not using,” says Kim, an ex-advertising art director and DJ with a residency at Lucky Strike and Schillers. She cites the example of photographers who were encouraged to paint, or vice versa. Submissions range from a film piece by producer Duffy Higgins, who “commissioned co-workers friends, relatives, to cook for him for one meal, ” says Kim, which he then filmed. Meanwhile James McDuffee, the executive chef at Joseph Leonard restaurant in the West Village, shot a time-lapse video.
As the chef for the evening, Kim will design the menu based on her inspiration from the art works submitted. That includes include seasonal cocktails concocted from Hendrick’s Gin, Asahi Beer and Q Tonic and custom La New Yorkina popsicles infused with Solerno Blood Orange Liquer. Snacks from The Brooklyn Flea Food Market, Smorgasburg , will also be served from vendors such as SlantShack Jerky, Landhaust NYC, and Roaming Acres Farm, “targeted” informs Popiel “because of their quality.”
Tickets are $30 at http://somethingiateny.eventbrite.com/.