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We Are Organizing a Summit, and You Should Come

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I’ve mentioned previously that we’re going all in on our Young Guns program this year, launching a whole new section dedicated to this year’s class of talent and topics that appeal to younger food lovers just getting a start. The IRL component to all this is coming up at the end of July, when we’ll host a full day of programming and dinners in Brooklyn, New York, during our Young Guns Summit.

The run of show includes talks, panels, demos, tastings, and more with the people who we think either a) represent the future of food or b) can inspire the next generation. That means Young Guns past and present and food world figures like Alison Roman, Ruby Tandoh, Martha Hoover, Preeti Mistri, Mike Solomonov, and Marcus Samuelsson. We’re going to hear solo talks about what some of these major talents learned from failure. We’re going to hear about how two people left coveted culinary positions to join the world of politics. We’re going to learn about the hustle from some master hustlers. And we’re going to eat. So. Much.

I can’t think of anything more exciting than getting all these inspiring people in one place to speak to and interact with the wider food-loving community.

And tickets are $60. Sticking to that price was a difficult proposition given how much we’re planning and how many non-New Yorkers we’re inviting to participate, but it was crucial to keep the price sub-$100 if we wanted actual young people to attend. (We’ll also have ways for people who can’t afford the $60 to attend.)

It’s going to be great. You should come. And if you DO, please make sure to find me to say hi. We’ll have more details about programming, talent, and in-restaurant experiences at night in the weeks to come.

Opening of the Week: Pastis

A leather u-shaped booth in a naturally lit dining room with hardwood floors Louise Palmberg/Eater

Five years after its closure, Keith McNally’s celeb magnet and Meatpacking District fixture Pastis is back. What was meant to be a year-long hiatus due to a building renovation turned into a full relocation. Now the old Pastis is a Restoration Hardware, and new Pastis is co-run by big-box restaurateur Stephen Starr, who came in to save the day after original investors bailed following McNally’s stroke.

But hey, better late than never. It looks pretty, the aging celebs are happy for its return, and it should do well in the MePa of 2019.

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