Le Fooding Surfs Rockaway Beach this Weekend


Parisian chef Bertrand Grebaut working a Le Fooding event. Photo: Francesca Signori

Parisian chef Bertrand Grebaut works a Le Fooding event. Photo: Francesca Signori

Le Fooding has been all over the world leaving a trail of full stomachs and broken hearts in Milan, Paris and Los Angeles. 

 Le Fooding, a playful group of French food provacateurs, returns to New York this weekend, throwing a series of beachy picnics with summery soundtracks at Rockaway Beach on Friday Saturday and Sunday. A portion of the proceeds will go to Graybeards, to help fund further Sandy recovery. We chatted with Anna Polonsky, Le Fooding U.S. co-founder, to ask her what to expect this year. We also have to tickets to give away for the Friday afternoon picnic, enter here.

Tell us, what exactly is Le Fooding?
Le Fooding (the combination of food + feeling) is a 14-year-old French movement, magazine and cultural resource that has taken over New York City for the past six years. Often qualified as the alternative to the Michelin guide, we are dedicated to curating culture through edgy media and unique events, by bringing together delicious cuisine, music, and art. Friends of Le Fooding have included David Chang , LCD Soundsystem , Danny Bowien and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Le Fooding has been all over the world leaving a trail of full stomachs and broken hearts in Milan, Paris and Los Angeles.
You change up your events every year, what’s new and exciting this time around?
This year, we’re going to welcome very different chefs to the boardwalk, from ramen star Ivan Orkin to Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi, from Rockaway Taco’s Andrew Field to LA chef Ludo Lefebvre and Mexican star-chef Enrique Olvera.
Music-wise, Cibo Matto, Claire Evans and Jona Bechtolt from Yacht as well as Nancy Whang will be DJing, along with the New York Brass Band. We’re also really excited because we’ve asked French artists “Change is good” to redesign the whole food concession.
Why the Rockaways?
This event will celebrate the rebirth of the Rockaways, especially after Superstorm Sandy—showing how well it recovered, and giving back to the area as parts of the proceeds benefit Graybeards, a Rockaway-based charity involved in the reconstruction effort. The event will also feature a young chef, Andrew Field (and along with him, all those who followed him to Rockaway), showing a very different scene from the NYC foodie star-system. Also, hosting an event at the Rockaways is also a great way for us to have fun at the beach!
What can visitors expect?
As I mentioned, this year is definitely the celebration of Rockaway, in a more casual style than past events–it will be even more festive and more summery than the previous years. The event takes place in an area of New York which is full of a new energy, a mix of very heterogenous talents, all motivated by the love of food and of their city, ravaged by Sandy in 2012. This year we’re also going to have fun in an Italian way, on the boardwalk and near the spiaggia–the beachThe chefs added an italian twist to their own cuisine, for example, Enrique Olvera will be making red chilaquiles with burrata, and Andrew Field cornmeal crostini sopes.

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