From the organizers:
Long before NYC had Danny Meyer, the charismatic chef J. Ranji Smile took the city by storm. Arriving in NYC
in 1899, Smile introduced Indian cuisine to the well-to-do, ushering curry into America’s foodie lexicon. Historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman and MIT’s Vivek Bald, scholar, filmmaker, and writer focusing on the South Asian subcontinent, discuss Smile’s sometimes scandalous rise to fame and his lasting impact on American cuisine.