According to the organizers:
“Over the past three decades, Brooklyn’s Williamsburg and Greenpoint neighborhoods have undergone massive economic and demographic shifts. The transition from working waterfront to lifestyle mecca has ushered in an explosion of residential developments—and an accompanying wave of restaurants, bars, and food purveyors.
Today, northern Williamsburg and Greenpoint are home to one of the city’s largest Polish communities. Despite the pressures of gentrification, numerous Polish butchers, bakeries, restaurants, and groceries still populate the area. This panel, moderated by foodways educator Annie Hauck-Lawson and featuring urban anthropologist Filip Stabrowski and local business owner Andrew Konopka, will trace the history of North Brooklyn’s former economies through the lens of food. We’ll focus on the stories of restaurants that have served the area’s Polish community for decades, as well as the rich culture of domestic food practices, from backyard smokehouses to home pickling. You’ll also have a chance to try tastings of Polish food, provided by local vendors.”