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Canning Mao’s Mangoes with Chef Paolo Fontanacanning mangoes
October 4, 2014 @ 1:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

Mao's workers tried hard to preserve the image of the fruit mangoes given by their dear leader in various ways.  Those ways included mango wax reliquaries, plastic mangoes, and the images of mangoes on buttons, posters, ornaments and dish ware. Now let's learn the ancient art of actual Asian food preservation through the preparation of a very popular South Asian pickle, Mango Pickle.  Our Chef, Paolo Fontana of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, will lead the hand-on fun. Chef Fontana's creative and original workshop will provide your introductory class in home canning.

About the Chef

Currently the executive chef at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics Café, Chef Paolo Fontana grew up in New York; a young boy of immigrant Sicilian parents. His love for cooking started at a very young age when he would spend time in the kitchen cooking with his mother. Throughout his life, Chef Paolo studied in Avellino (Italy), The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Stony Brook University, and NYU. Chef Paolo has also devoted himself to teaching the art of cooking to others as a culinary instructor at NYIT in New York.

Chef Paolo worked as an apprentice to world-renowned chef Mario Batali and as sous chef for one of his personal favorites, Chef Michael Romano. His talent and skills have taken him to an array of restaurants. He worked for New York culinary landmarks such as Union Square Café, Babbo, Gramercy Tavern, Craft, and most recently, Mirabelle, under award winning La Toque d’Argent recipient, Chef Guy Reuge. He has also worked at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California.

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EXHIBITION  Mao's Golden Mangoes and the Cultural Revolution (On view from September 18, 2014 to January 10, 2015) 

FILM                Morning Sun (2003) Documentary Film by Carma Hinton, October 23, 2014 at 5-7  PM

LECTURE        Sanctification of the Mango: Illustrated Lecture by Dr. Alfreda Murck on November 5 at 4 PM



Hands-On Painting Workshop With Seongmin Ahn
October 7, 2014 @ 1:00-4:00 PM 
October 8, 2014 @ 1:00-4:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

Keep your garden growing and your flowers flowing with Seong Min Ahn's helpful instruction on the subject of Asian traditional color painting.  In this three-hour workshop Ms. Ahn will explore the meaning of the peony in Asian art and culture. She will guide you showing how to paint peonies step by step. Along the way you'll learn wonderful Asian style folk painting techniques and  how to build lovely flower images.


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Note: Material fee includes an Asian brush and mulberry papers.  The ink will be shared with participants.

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EXHIBITION: Luscious Peonies by Seongmin Ahn (On view from September 18, 2014 to January 10, 2015) 

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tea workshop

Tasting and Talk: Chinese Tea Drunk
by Shunan Teng

Charles B. Wang Center Chapel 

Fee: $10 (General, Single Program) / $15 (General, Two Workshops) / $5 (Students, Single Program)

Tasting Chinese Tea
October 25, 2014 @1:00-3:00 PM 

Which Chinese tea is the freshest and which one is the least processed?  No, it's not the same tea!  China is probably best known for green tea and oolong tea, but did you know that there are actually six different categories of Chinese tea? Come and enjoy an educational Chinese tea tasting with Shunan Teng and learn about the culture and the history behind each of these teas.  Participants will explore distinct taste profiles of each category of tea and will learn what makes each tea different from the others and how to identify quality tea.


Brewing Chinese Tea
November 15, 2014 @ 1:00-3:00PM

Do you know what a Gai Wan is?  And do you know that a Gai Wan is more commonly used in China to brew tea than a teapot?  This hands-on workshop is perfect for tea lovers who know their tea basics and who are looking to step up their game.  We'll compare Western style tea brewing with the traditional Chinese method.  By the time we are done with our workshop you'll know all about leaf to water ratio as well the technique of using a Gai Wan like a seasoned tea master! The subjects of easily making a perfect green tea, of using the appropriate utensils, of employing correct serving etiquette and of precisely controlling water temperature will all be discussed.

About the Speaker

Shunan Teng is an expert on traditional Chinese tea.  Ms. Teng is also the owner of Tea DrunkTea Drunk is a teahouse located in the East Village of Manhattan that promotes traditional Chinese teas and the Chinese tea culture.  Every tea on their menu is hand sourced directly from its true origin area in China, directly from the tea farmers.  Tea Drunk also offers a series of tea classes as well as tea tastings and special events. Ms. Teng's ultimate goal also includes bridging the divide between Chinese and Western cultures, since consuming Chinese tea in the traditional Chinese way provides insights into the deep and dynamic culture of China itself.


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Made By Hand: Shadow Puppet Making Workshop 
Saturday, November 1, 2014, 2:30-3:30 PM

In this hour long workshop taught by Caroline Borderies, participants will be introduced to the mechanics, techniques, and history of Southeast Asian shadow puppetry, including the French adaptation ombres chinoises. Borderies will offer her unique perspective on ombres chinoises, will demonstrate techniques for manipulating shadow puppets, and lead participants in making and animating their own unique puppet creations.

After the workshop at 4:00PM, there will be an hour-long performance of Caroline Borderies' French interpretation of popular Asian tales via shadow puppetry entitled Two Tales from South East Asia. By purchasing a ticket for the workshop, you are eligible to receive a discounted ticket for the performance. To receive a discounted ticket, you MUST check in to the workshop.   










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$20 (Advance Payment ONLY)

$25 (Advance Payment ONLY)

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Tickets may be purchased in advance by credit payment online, or cash/check in our office, Suite 302, until September 24th. Tickets paid at the door will be subject to a $5 charge, as specified above.

Please contact us at (631) 632-4400 or with any questions.

Please click the button below to be directed to our online payment system. If you wish to register without payment (note that admission is not guaranteed), please click here to be directed to our reservation sheet

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Online payment for this program will be possible soon. If you wish to register without payment (note that admission is not guaranteed and your seat may be forfeited), please click here to be directed to our reservation sheet.

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