Have you been out to Governors Island yet this year? If not, here’s another terrific reason to plan a day out of the city (sort of) to check out this bucolic spot just a short ferry ride away from Manhattan and Brooklyn. Cook Out NYC will be taking place July 7-8 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This event will feature delicious dishes prepared by fantastic local chefs, refreshing brews by Sixpoint Brewery, and for all you kimchi lovers, a Spicy Kimchi Eating Contest to be held on Saturday. I’m pleased to be able to offer you a $5.00 discount on tickets to this event, courtesy the sponsors. Enter the code “BlogOutNYC” at check-out.
Kheedim Oh of Mama O’s Premium Kimchee
As part of the press launch for this event, several fellow bloggers, local media folks, and I gathered at Jimmy’s No. 43 last night for a kimchi making demonstration by Kheedim Oh, the founder of Mama O’s Premium Kimchee. Both Jimmy and Kheedim met when they each had stands at the New Amsterdam Market. Kheedim started off by explaining the origins of his four-year-old company. After relocating from Maryland, he missed his mother’s kimchi and hadn’t been able to find any store-bought version that stacked up to her homemade one. After convincing her to teach him how to make it, he would travel to and from New York with coolers full of it.
Not able to eat all of it himself, he offered it to friends who told him that he should be selling it. A butcher in his Lower East Side neighborhood fell in love with it and started to carry it. Things grew from there, and now his product can be found in many Whole Foods stores in the region as well as at Murray’s Cheese Shop and other specialty food retailers. He said he goes through about 500 pounds of cabbage a week making kimchi. He treated us to a brief explanation of how it all comes together:
Thanks so much to Kheedim for his highly-entertaining demonstration of how to make kimchi. I’m not sure I’m going to try doing this in my own kitchen, but I’m looking forward to tasting the results of last night’s event when they are ready. Remember, Cook Out NYC will be taking place July 7-8 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There’s a $5.00 discount on tickets to this event when you enter the code “BlogOutNYC” at check-out. I’ll be there as well, covering this event for my website courtesy of Food Karma Projects.