To paraphrase American anthropologist Margaret Mead, never underestimate the power of a few thoughtful, committed citizens to change the world.
This post was originally inspired by my excitement for a cool culinary collaboration taking place in the community tomorrow night. Then I learned from Joint Venture that all proceeds from the event would be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), designated especially for the defense of immigrant rights, and my excitement turned to heartened pride.
Like a good meal shared with good company—as Tuesday’s event looks to be—philanthropy warms my heart. Quite simply, its very meaning is rooted in the “love of mankind.” On Tuesday night, Providence, Rhode Island restaurant North and food and cultural project Joint Venture will team up with Greenpoint’s own Alameda (195 Franklin Street) to share a meal that by design celebrates working together and embodies the spirit of philanthropy. The event, which will be held at Alameda from 6-11pm, is led by North’s James Mark (formerly of David Chang’s Michelin-starred Momofuku Ko), Alameda’s Nick Padilla (previously at world renowned Momofuku Ssam Bar) and Joint Venture’s Danny Newberg (also formerly of Momofuku Ko, and most recently Estela), who have remained friends over the years despite their divergent paths since their time in the Momofuku kitchens. The seafood and vegetable-focused à la carte menu will feature yellow tail fluke crudo, grilled squid with crispy rice, whole black bass with ginger scallion sauce, and a fried salt fish sandwich. All fish is being brought directly from Rhode Island by Mark, and vegetarian and vegan options will also be available. No reservations will be taken for the event, so walk on in!
No stranger to collaborative endeavors in his role as head and founder of Joint Venture, Newberg emphasized the importance of the charitable component of this particular event. He notes the excitement about the three of them cooking together again being dampened by the events of the last couple weeks. As Mark described, “they have us a little shook.” But rather than cancel the dinner, the trio is determined to leverage the occasion for a broader impact. In a recent Instagram post promoting the event, Mark affirmed, “This country gave my family a chance a generation ago. I’m sure as hell going to do what I can to protect the next one.”
Indeed, these times call for camaraderie and community action. Please join me, Alameda, North, and Joint Venture for a coming together of friends new and old over delicious food and drink in support of the ACLU and love of mankind.
North + Joint Venture + Alameda | 195 Franklin Street Tuesday 1.31 / 6-11pm / à la carte / walk-ins only fish forward menu: all seafood fresh from Pt. Judith, RI All proceeds will go to ACLU
OK. Tomorrow is the inauguration. We have all kinds of feels. And if this past election has showed us anything, it’s that we can and will strategically come together to support, defend, edify, forgive one another, and even laugh out loud in the midst of heartbreaking confusion.
Brooklyn comedians Emily Winter and Jenn Welch are doing just that with What A Joke – a national comedy festival which spans across 34 US cities, includes 86 shows, and gives all the ticket sales proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union.
The NYC shows are happening right down the street at the Annoyance Theatre (367 Bedford Ave.) and Rough Trade (64 N. 9th St.) on Friday and Saturday. And the festival kicks off in Manhattan tonight at The Stand, and includes a happy hour and silent auction. The lineups are full of a number of headliners like Nikki Glaser, Dave Hill, and ‘Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch’ sketch team, the Astronomy Club, among a whole lot more. (Side note: Rough Trade is having another benefit for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood tonight with a nice little music lineup).
We got the chance to ask Emily Winter (co-founder), a few questions about the festival and discuss why good comedy is no joke. Continue reading →