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This week we’re sharing our new Chinatown Food Crawl guide, highlighting vintage pop-ups and dinner parties, and introducing you to our cool new friend: Michele Mirisola of Chell Fish.

Culture Corner

COOL NEW THING

Remember Pop-Up grocer and how they (literally) popped-up around the city? WELL…they are officially here to stay!! They were the OG go-to for discovering new, fun & local, small-batch grocery goodies and now we can all shop them all the time over at their first official permanent location in the West Village. Go show some luv to the team on their opening day (today!) and discover a new brand of chips or soda or spices at the corner of Bleeker and 6th Ave. 


Photo by Ori Harpaz

CONNECT

One of our fave dinner series, Create Dinners, will be having their next event - EXPAND,  in  celebration of Women's History Month on March 12th. EXPAND will be a full-day workshop focused on connecting to self and community in NYC.

The day will include a mix of creative activities (like portrait photography), speaker engagements, breakout sessions, &&& of course - a rly yummmy dinner. PLUS a goodie bag you really don’t want to miss.

Grab a ticket to the workshop here and use the coolstuff.nyc exclusive discount code: WOMENRULE.

SHOP

Seaport-based vintage shop, Club Vintage is hosting a v cool pop-up that we want to put on your radar. Club Vintage sells womenswear, menswear and furniture from over 50 international resellers in their 2-story loft at 205 Front Street and this week’s (weekly) pop-up is one not to miss. Superetta and Maj Kiosk will be flying in from Rome to sell some of their vintage goodies at the shop TOMORROW from 12-7p. Italian.Vintage.Designer. Need we say more?

SIP

Do you like to try new things? Do you like gin? Us too. Wednesday, March 8th, Melissa Katrincic, the producer of Conniption Gin, will be at coolstuff fave, The Wesley, mingling with diners, and making exclusive cocktails. She will also be showcasing the Conniption cocktail, which highlights Conniption gin, mezcal espadin, dry vermouth, and celery. Grab a seat at the bar or make a bar resy here.

EAT

This week we have a fun food crawl guide of Chinatown guest-written by Ally Tuzzo

This guide will seamlessly lead you through the bustling streets of Chinatown to try the best dishes from hidden gems. Make sure to hit the ATM first because most places only take cash, and come hungry because there is no doubt you will end the day feeling stuffed.

READ THE CHINATOWN FOOD CRAWL GUIDE

Cool Friends: Michele Mirisola

Meet Michele, founder of Chell Fish: a BK-based tableware line that is our current dinner party obsession. Michele’s pieces are created using real shells, held together by an air drying clay and decorated with gouache and food-safe resin. We love how a Chell Fish piece can dress up any dining table & had so much fun hearing about how the brand came to be. 

How did you start your creative tableware line, Chell Fish?

I made my first shell plate because I needed the perfect way to hold raspberries. I was working on a still life painting of fruit and sugar cookies. Up until that point, I had been exclusively painting from life. I wanted a hand in building the things I was making paintings of. During the lockdown, I couldn’t travel to my studio by train, so I was reimagining my materials–from oil paint to gouache. I used an air drying clay and still do, so I never need a kiln. The plate was more interesting to me than the painting it was created for! I added a food safe resin on top so that it could be used over and over again, and it took off from there. 

 

What's your favorite part about the New York creative community?

I like that I can be reading an article in the New York Times about a young knitwear maker, and realize I had just met him yesterday at a craft fair. (Bailey Goldberg). Every artist who lived here in the ‘80s will tell you how much cooler New York used to be, but I’m sure they heard that from the artists of the ‘60s too. New York is ever-cool and always fun, no matter how much your family says, “I could never live there!”

 

What's inspiring you right now?

I’ve been doing my clearest thinking in the sauna at the Y lately. The only space where my phone isn’t two inches from my hand–nude and sweaty, I am thinking about food. I am inspired by the sensitive way Laila Gohar’s work holds fruit. I also love the grandiose style of 1600s Dutch paintings of tablescapes. I want to play with the area between art and food…I maybe just want to play with my food. 

 

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