Unexpected Pairings: Cider & Kimchi

When: Wednesday, September 12, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Price: $25 General Admission | $20 for Museum Members

Inspired by the age-old practice of fermentation, try an unusual pairing produced on New York State farms: cider and kimchi.

While cultures around the world have relied on fermentation to prevent food from spoiling as far back as 6000 B.C., in the United States today the practice is rare. Join two NY State farmers, Melissa Madden, founder of Finger Lakes Cider House, and Madalyn Warren, owner of Kimchee Harvest, for a conversation about how they are reintroducing New Yorkers to this ancient craft. Cider expert Daniel Pucci, New York’s own “pommelier," moderates as Madden and Warren share their products, cider made from fermented fruit, and kimchi, a traditional Korean side dish made from lacto-fermented seasonal vegetables like napa cabbage and Korean radishes.

After the conversation, join us for a tasting of a flight of ciders from Finger Lakes Cider House and a serving of kimchi from Kimchee Harvest, as well as a live jazz performance by the James Ohn Trio outside on the Museum's Terrace.

Part of our new series Unexpected Pairings, in which New York's most adventurous brewers and distillers share their craft and pair their drinks with distinctive local bites. To view all of the programs in the series, click here.

About the Speakers:
Madalyn Warren is a farmer and an owner of East Branch Farms in upstate New York. In 2017, she and her sister began selling their homemade kimchi under the name Kimchee Harvest. They now sell their kimchi at local farmers markets, restaurants, and online. 

Melissa Madden is the owner of Good Life Farm, home to Finger Lakes Cider House, a collaborative multi-cidery tasting room in Interlaken, NY. Madden and Garett Miller purchased Good Life Farm in 2008, created their cider label, Kite & String, in 2013, and opened the Finger Lakes Cider House in 2015.

Daniel Pucci (moderator), originally a sommelier selling wine for Eataly and Otto, Pucci shifted his focus in 2015 to cider to become a "pommelier." He was the first cider director at Wassail, the former cider-focused bar and restaurant on the Lower East Side.

$25 General Admission | $20 for Museum Members
21+ event, includes Museum admission

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