Mon, Oct. 30th, 2017 at 5:30pm: “Aphrodisiacs & Delectable Verse! Cooking & Poetry for Pleasure”


Monday, Oct. 30th, 2017
Starts with a Cooking Class in a focused room within Bouley Test Kitchen, moving into a 7:15 Performance and seated Dinner.

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Cooking Class

Your turn to plan date night? Since the old adage about winning a (wo)man through the stomach has some merit, join us at Bouley Test Kitchen for a sensual celebration of gastronomy, poetry and romance. Feel right at home as a member of the culinary team exploits ingredients that stimulate, titillate and invoke pure, unadulterated pleasure. Then, sashay your way to a romantic room filled with velvet and Renaissance paintings for a 60-minute heart-stopping performance of verse focused on food, health and love. “Delectable Verse!” will be introduced by Daniel Gallant, the Executive Director of the Nuyorican Poets Café, a cultural icon on New York’s Lower East Side since 1973, and will be followed by a lyrical, multi-course wine dinner by Chef David Bouley. This date night is sure to receive a 10 out of 10.

Performance and seated Dinner

We invite you to Delectable Verse! – an evening’s celebration of poetry, spoken word and gastronomy at Bouley Test Kitchen this October.

Join us when three poets from the legendary Nuyorican Poets Café, a cultural icon on New York’s Lower East Side since 1973, offer a 60-minute, heart-stopping performance of verse focused on food and health. The performance will be introduced by the Executive Director of the Nuyorican Poets Café, Daniel Gallant, and will be followed by a poetic and lyrical multi-course wine dinner by Chef David Bouley.

The evening will begin with a 30 minute reception featuring passed canapés. Guests will then enjoy a performance by three poets from the Nuyorican Poets Café, introduced by Executive Director Daniel Gallant, followed by a multi-course wine dinner by Chef David Bouley served with a beverage program curated by Beverage Director Adrien Falcon.

History of the Nuyorican Poets Café

Over the last 40 years, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe has served as a home for groundbreaking works of poetry, music, theater and visual arts. A multicultural and multi-arts institution, the Cafe gives voice to a diverse group of rising poets, actors, filmmakers and musicians. The Cafe champions the use of poetry, jazz, theater, hip-hop and spoken word as means of social empowerment for minority and underprivileged artists. Our community of spectators, artists and students is a reflection of New York City’s diverse population; Allen Ginsberg called the Cafe “the most integrated place on the planet.”

Founded in 1973, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe began as a living room salon in the East Village apartment of writer and poet Miguel Algarin along with other playwrights, poets, and musicians of color whose work was not accepted by the mainstream academic, entertainment or publishing industries. By 1975, the performance poetry scene had started to become a vital element of urban Latino and African-American culture marked by the release of a “Nuyorican Poetry” anthology, and Miguel Piñero’s “Short Eyes,” which was a hit on Broadway. By 1981, the overflow of audience and artists led the Cafe to purchase a former tenement building at 236 East 3rd Street, and to expand its activities and programs from the original space on East 6th Street.

Over the past several decades, the Cafe has emerged as one of the country’s most highly respected arts organizations. Our programming includes poetry slams, open mics, Latin Jazz and Hip-Hop concerts, theatrical performances, educational programs, and visual art exhibits. Our weekly poetry slams draw thousands of spectators each year and have popularized competitive performance poetry. Our educational programs (which are funded in part by the city and state of New York and the NEA) provide literacy and public speaking to thousands of students and many school groups each year.  Our theater program has been awarded over 30 Audelco Awards and was honored with an OBIE Grant for Excellence in Theater.

Our Latin Jazz Jams on Thursday nights fill the space with stellar tunes by celebrated musicians. Our Hip Hop events include open mics and competitions for poets, freestylers and emcees, as well as collaborations for storytellers and jazz musicians. We are proud that our ongoing efforts to provide affordable support for the creative life of underprivileged artists have given the Cafe a crucial role in the artistic life of New York City.

Daniel Gallant

Daniel Gallant is a theatrical producer, playwright, director, lecturer and actor based in New York City. He is the current executive director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the author of the short story collection Determined to Prove, and the recipient of a 2016 Eisenhower Fellowship. Gallant is a lecturer and consultant in the fields of institutional marketing, social media and arts technology. According to the Wall Street Journal, “since late 2009, Mr. Gallant has exploited expanding social-media tools to grow the cafe from a small, volunteer-led venue best known for weekly poetry events to a thriving arts center with partnerships across the city.

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