Food 2024

2024 Appetizer & Dessert Crawl Series at The Shops at Yale

Join us on Saturday, June 8th for the third of three 2024 Downtown New Haven food and shopping crawls! Proceeds from this event will benefit the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Tickets are available for just $20 each, plus processing fees. The Shops at Yale is organizing three Appetizer & Dessert Crawls this year in April, May and June.

Grand Avenue Gastronomy Tour

Tantalize your taste buds and feast your eyes on the rich history of Grand Avenue with Lee Cruz's famous Gastronomy Tour! As you munch your way down this iconic street, you'll savor multicultural delights while uncovering the vibrant stories of New Haven's Fair Haven neighborhood. From Dominican delicacies to Puerto Rican pastries, every bite tells a tale. Led by Lee Cruz, prepare for a flavorful journey that nourishes both body and mind. Don't miss this delectable adventure.

Empanada Making (Madeline's Empanada)

Join us for a culinary celebration honoring the delicious diversity of empanadas! Chef Hazel invites you to an interactive class where you'll learn to craft authentic empanada dough and fillings inspired by Central American, Caribbean, and Spanish traditions. Get ready to stuff, fold, and bake your way to empanada perfection! Plus, we'll spice things up with cocktail making to complement these savory delights. Don't miss this fun-filled evening of flavor exploration and cocktail creativity!

A Slice (of What’s to Come)

New Haven is a pizza town. Or, more appropriately, apizza town. But what does this iconic American food — with roots in New Haven’s immigrant and labor communities past — say about our present moment, for our city and our culture? Join A Broken Umbrella Theatre (last seen at the Festival in 2013 with the award-winning Freewheelers), as they present A Slice, a preview of a larger work that will debut at Arts & Ideas 2025. A Slice includes a pizza tasting, a walk-through of New Haven pizza history with Taste of New Haven’s Colin Caplan, and a discussion with Broken Umbrella’s creative team about devising new work and why we love New Haven apizza!

World Food Bazaar

Join us on June 20th for a heartwarming celebration of World Refugee Day! Let's honor the resilience and strength of those forced to flee with a delightful culinary journey. Indulge in the rich flavors of Syrian, Afghan, and Senegalese cuisine at Sanctuary Kitchen, savor authentic Ethiopian dishes at Lalibella, and treat yourself to heavenly sweet delights and refreshing hibiscus tea at Havenly. Let's come together, share stories, and support our refugee communities with love and compassion.

Indigenous Cooking with Sherry Pocknett

Treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind culinary adventure with Chef Sherry Pocknett, a true pioneer and recipient of the prestigious James Beard award for the Best Chef in the Northeastern United States and the first Indigenous woman to win the award! Join us for an interactive session featuring Chef Pocknett's captivating stories and live cooking demonstration. Discover the rich heritage of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe while savoring the flavors of seasonal bounty with her delicious corn cakes and cranberry strawberry chutney. And don't miss your chance to be one of the lucky six to join in the cooking fun!

A Long Table at Gioia

Join us for a delightful evening at Gioia's on Wooster St., where joy (or "gioia" in Italian) awaits! Savor a complimentary Arts & Ideas inspired Specialty Cocktail as you mingle during our cocktail reception in the market area. Don't miss Chef Avi's inspiring talk about the restaurant's origins and inspirations, adding an extra sprinkle of delight to this joy-filled gathering. Then, indulge in a family-style dinner service, where flavors and laughter abound. Come share the joy with us. This dinner is timed so that guests can enjoy the Samara Joy concert at College Street Music Hall following.

A Taste of Westville

Join us for a delectable dining adventure exploring two Westville culinary gems: Manjares and Pistachio! Begin at Manjares, where Chef Ana dazzles with her mastery of Latin American cuisine, from mouthwatering pastries to contemporary delicacies. Then, follow Lizzy Donius from the Westville Village Renaissance to Pistachio for a delightful finish with coffee, tea, and scrumptious treats. Indulge in authentic flavors and warm hospitality on this fun-filled foodie journey through Westville.

Fair Haven Public Art and Food Tour

Join us on June 29th for a 2.5-mile walking tour through the colorful public art of our beloved Fair Haven community! Embark on a journey of discovery as we explore vibrant murals and installations while indulging in delicious tastes along the way. Don't miss out on the chance to savor Fair Haven Oyster's delectable offerings and quench your thirst with refreshing brews from Armada Brewing. Let's walk, talk, and celebrate art and community together!