The Original Celebrity Chef: The King of Curry

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.











When: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont St.
718-222-4111
Price: $10
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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.