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Storytelling Cafe: Cannoli, Kenafe & Kulfi Hosted by Annie Lanzilotto
November 1 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM| $15
Storytelling Cafe: Cannoli, Kenafe & Kulfi
Thursday, Nov. 1st
A sweet evening of mouthwatering memories, hosted by storyteller Annie Lanzillotto. Join us for a panel discussion highlighting favorite dessert traditions from across the globe. Hear from local chefs, food activists, and culinary enthusiasts, sample kenafe (Middle East), cannoli (Italy), and kulfi (South Asia), and share anecdotes of your favorite confection.
Our Host Annie Lanzilotto
Annie Rachele Lanzillotto is a writer, performer and cantastoria. She is the author of the books: “Hard Candy: Caregiving, Mourning and Stage Light,” “Pitch Roll Yaw,” “L is for Lion: an Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir,” and “Schistsong.” Her albums include “Never Argue With a Jackass” and “Swampjuice: Yankee With a Southern Peasant Soul.” She has performed with, of, and about food for decades, includng her performances “Fritattagoraphobia,” “Pocketing Garlic,” and “a’Schapett!” her site-specific work at the Arthur Avenue Retail Market in the Bronx. For more info, visit www.annielanzillotto.com
A native of Houston, Texas and second-generation Indian-American, Kirthan grew up exposed to southern hospitality as well as Indian technique. He later went on to study food & wine education in Italy where he gained necessary skills and well-rounded structure. Kirthan has spent the past seven years professionally cooking in New York from Fine dining ventures under Michelin starred Chef Michael White (Vaucluse, Upper east side & Ai Fiori) to private catered affairs. Kirthan’s passion and his most treasured trait is, “being blessed to grow up with Indian spices, through my culture, and being exposed to French technique.”
Nasser moved to New York City from Palestine when he was 17 years old. After completing his degree in Finance & Economics, he began working in the food business, eventually launching Mazeish, a Mediterranean-Latino restaurant on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Today Nasser is a co founder in Komeeda, a food experience platform that aims to enrich communities through food and curated experiences.
He has volunteered to help refugees since 2008, mostly working with nonprofits that operate in the refugee camps in Lebanon. He has also written about technological advancements and food. Through Komeedas platform, Nas launched Displaced Kitchens in March 2017 to stabilize the heated political conversations about refugees and bring back the beautiful essence of food and humanity that America is about. The initiative has been critical to integrating refugees in American society and provided economic and housing opportunities while at the same time, introduced Americans to the refugees through telling their stories with food. To date the series took a national and international route and fed thousands of people and helped 104 refugees resettle in the US and abroad.
Jerome “Gino” Raguso
Born in Queens, NY, Raguso is known as “the cannoli king” (which makes him the original king of Queens). Raguso’s father, a baker, moved from Italy to New York and opened first pastry shop 1960, with $500 and penny in his pocket for good luck. The family pastry shop moved to its current location on East 187th Street in 1965, and Raguso is thrilled that Gino’s Pastry Shop is celebrating fifty-eight years this year, and he is grateful for so much luck in recent years, much of which he credits to his parents’ advice to never forget where you come from. Gino’s Pastry Shop shop is featured in the broadway musical version of A Bronx Tale, and Raguso regularly gives back to his community through sponsorships at the local senior center, his former grammar school, and church.