It was a return to form for the education-by-entertainment innovation expo, focusing on how technology shapes and changes the way we cultivate and consume food.
Instead of being a catch-all destination in the vein of big-box supermarkets, Union Market aims to cater directly to their chosen communities.
Think connected kitchens, zero waste, indoor-grown lettuce and ants.
Think refrigerators that brew coffee, LCD wall ovens with precision cooking modes and cookware embedded with culinary sensors in both the pan and burner.
Leading bar programs including Gramercy Tavern and MANHATTA will all be part of the trailblazing bar crawl.
This year’s event will feature tastings, thought leadership panels, dining experiences and immersive, educational installations.
Instead of pairing standard lemon, mint and sugar with the bourbon to make a traditional smash cocktail, Haley Traub swaps in grapefruit, basil and orgeat.
And the restaurant’s ready to ditch the drama and concentrate on dinner service.
“It’s kind of like The Moth, but with pastrami egg rolls,” the Jewish Food Society says.
This version is a far cry from the bland, bread-pudding-textured pucks we members of the tribe likely grew up with.