NYC Event: Umami Festival This Week

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The Umami Festival brings together artists who use food as a medium with more traditional culinary events like chef roundtables and wine tastings. The festival ends this week, but there are some interesting acts left on the schedule…

We are sorry we missed last week’s performances of “Orphic Memory Sausage” by Mimi Oka and Doug Fitch, where audience members’ donated effects were chopped and stuffed into sausage casing.

Tonight and tomorrow, the artists Annie Lanzillotto and Miwa Koizumi create “Gastronomic Interactive Installations, a take on the New York street scene, where (according to the website) “familiar objects, from ice cream to cookbooks, are presented in new and unexpected ways.”

On Thursday and Friday, Ensemble 209 presents “Cookies,” where artists use food and kitchen objects to create pieces that represent the letters in the word performance.

Tickets to the art performances include the other culinary events earlier in the evening. There are chef and artist panel discussions earlier in the week and a wine tasting on Friday.

All events take place at Roulette, 20 Greene Street. For more information, visit

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