Enjoy a little pre-holiday celebration of light and life at the Eighth Annual Latke Festival on December 19th at the Brooklyn Museum. This year’s fête will inspire chefs from restaurants to break the mold of the traditional potato pancake.
While guests prime their palates for an afternoon of snacking, they’ll also be encouraged to vote for the best latke of the day—and there’s a lot to choose from. Restaurants from every corner of the city are joining us in Brooklyn for a day of feasting. From the Upper West Side comes Jacob’s Pickles and Orwashers from the East 70s, and the downtown scene will be led by craft beer darlings Jimmy’s no. 43 and the 2015 Judges’ Choice winner Veselka. The team at BAMcafe won’t have to go very far to try to win a prize.
The event’s hype isn’t just around potatoes, no matter how delicious. Proceeds from the festival will directly benefit The Sylvia Center, “a nonprofit dedicated to addressing childhood obesity and food-related diseases.” The 501(c)3 developed an immersive program to give kids and their families an opportunity to learn more about how food is grown and affects our bodies. The Latke Festival’s proceeds in particular will be allocated toward the Sylvia Center’s New York City programs that teach younger generations living in city housing basic cooking skills and tenets of healthy eating. With the goal of reaching 1,500 students in the next year, these courses, led by trained chefs, aim to make food fun.
And that’s also the aim of the festival. By participating in the event, each restaurant will be competing for both the People’s Choice Award and the Judges’ Choice Award. This year’s celebrity-studded panel includes Deputy Mayor of New York Alicia Glen, Arthur Bovino of mouth.com, Jake Dell of Katz’s Delicatessen and more!