Traffic Tide

Dinner Series

Brooklyn, N.Y. (February 2, 2016) — On Friday, February 26th, the third installment of Traffic and Tide, will present to twelve guests, “Detroit River”.

Where Traffic and Tide dinner series explores the general themes of movement, location, and the ebb and flow to the table, “Detroit River” specifically grounds the meal, the ingredients, and the style of preparation to Detroit, MI. Chef Kate Williams, of Detroit, specializes in nose to tail, whole animal preservation and utilization, as well as focusing on #uglyfood. The priority of #uglyfood is about minimizing food waste on farms in an effort to feed more people and promote more hungry folks to grow their own food, a topic pertinent and coming out of the landscape in present-day Michigan. Accompanying drink curation will be prepared by Brian Quinn.

The Menu: 1. Mountain Rose Potato Wedge. Carrot Caviar. Charcoal Cream. 2. Braised Leek. Herb Curd. Barley. Leek Broth. Egg. 3. Golden Beet Soup. Pickled Roots. Whey Cream. Beet Dust. 4. Stewed Tarbais Beans. Duck Sauce. Caraway Cabbage. Michigan Cherry. 5. Rabbit. Polenta Dumplings. Mustard Semifreddo. Arugula. 6. Beignet. Camomile Custard. Dried Yogurt.

“Detroit River” is organized by Ksenya Samarskya, with custom dinnerware by Farrah Sit, Justin Novak, Catie Newell and others. Seatings are $95 per person, and can be reserved through

Traffic and Tide’s upcoming season will include a range of chefs from diverse culinary traditions, custom-made dinnerware, limited edition art objects, readings and performances, all in the context of a shared meal. Previous dinners undertaken have received press in Wall Street Journal, NY Times, USA Today, The Guardian, and Conde Nast Traveler. The current home of the dinner series, Mezzanine, has been featured in Elle South Africa, Loro Japan, and Est Australia magazines.

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About Kate Williams


Kate Williams is the much-touted chef from Detroit, having previously run the menu at Republic, Parks & Rec and Rodin, and having been selected as Detroit Eater’s Chef of the Year finalist for 2014. Williams specializes in nose to tail, whole animal preservation and utilization, as well as highlighting local farms. Williams is also focusing on #uglyfood, which is about minimizing food waste on farms in an effort to feed more people and promote more hungry folks to grow their own food. An extension of the Slow Food movement, it is meant to beautifully prepare food that would otherwise be thrown away on the farm. Her own restaurant, Lady of the House, will be opening Corktown (Detroit) in 2016.


About Farrah Sit


Light + Ladder is the culmination of founder Farrah Sit’s dream to create a business based on quality, function, beauty and community. The company’s hopes represent a return to meaningful consumption by providing quality American-made accessories for the home. With the ethos “own less and own well”, designer Farrah Sit focuses on creating strikingly simple objects that speak to their intended purpose. Her work reflects this intention in the quality and originality of each product, her exacting attention to detail coupled with a quiet minimalism.

Light + Ladder | @lightandladder

About Justin Novak


Justin Novak has been an Associate Professor of Visual Art and Material Practice at Emily Carr since the Fall of 2007. Much of his ceramic work, which has ranged from figurative sculpture to utilitarian design, has been developed within international residency programs, including the Kohler Factory in Wisconsin, the Walbryzch Factory in Walbryzch, Poland, the Arabia Factory in Helsinki and the National Workshops of Art and Crafts in Copenhagen.

Justin Novak

About Catie Newell


Catie Newell is the founding principal of the art and architecture firm, Alibi Studio and an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan. Newell’s work and research captures spaces and material effects, focusing on the development of atmospheres through the exploration of textures, volumes, and the effects of light or lack thereof. Newell's creative practice has been widely recognized for exploring design construction and materiality in relationship to location and geography, and cultural contingencies. Before joining the University of Michigan as the Oberdick Fellow in 2009, Newell was a project designer at Office dA in Boston. Newell has won the SOM Prize for Architecture, Design and Urban Design with her project Weather Permitting (2006), the ArtPrize Best Use of Urban Space Juried Award (2011), the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers (2011), and the Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Rome Prize in Architecture (2013-2014). She’s exhibited at the Architecture Venice Biennale (2012) and the Lille3000 Triennial (2015).

Catie Newell