The Magic of Spices: History, Culture, Cuisine

Lior Lev Sercarz (Photo by Thomas Schauer)
Lior Lev Sercarz (Photo by Thomas Schauer)

Join Chef Lior Lev Sercarz for a journey through the world of fragrant and precious spice ingredients on Thursday, April 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Museum of Food and Drink in Brooklyn. He’ll offer insights into spices’ rich cultural significance and history, how they’re grown and produced, and their culinary and medicinal applications. You’ll also learn how to purchase and store fine spices, as well as how best to use them in your own kitchen.

Afterward, you’ll work with Sercarz and his team to make your own customized spice blend to take home.

Sercarz is one of the world’s most renowned spice experts and the founder of La Boîte, a biscuits and spice shop in New York City.

Recently, he has been named one of Bon Appétit’s “Tastemakers of 2012” and La Boîte has been featured in publications including The New York Times, Vogue, In Style Magazine, Every Day with Rachel Ray, Food & Wine Magazine and the SAVEUR 100.

Since the beginning of his career, Sercarz has worked closely with chefs from around the world, developing custom blends for them and for other customers with all levels of cooking experience. In 2012, he produced a cookbook, The Art of Blending, that features 41 blends along with recipes and cooking tips provided by renowned chefs and culinary minds including Gail Simmons, Daniel Boulud, Eric Ripert and Apollonia Poilâne.

Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) is located at 62 Bayard St. in Brooklyn. Visit for more information or to register for this program. Cost is $25, all ages.

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