Rensselaerville, NY

September 07, 2013 - September 08, 2013


LongHouse Food Revival is a gathering of food thought leaders that is dedicated to raising the bar on how food stories are told.

Every year, we choose a single subject to explore and present our discoveries in documentary film, radio broadcast, spoken word, live cooking and visionary art. This year we are honing in on the Saffron Diaspora — we are looking at the original Spice Trail and exploring the various religions and cultures that arrived to the United States on a wave of exotic spices, ingredients and dishes.

Every meal tells a story — and this is one great meal. Welcome to the table.

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Full Weekend Registration: $225

Live Fire Feast Only: $100

Food Flea Only: $20

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LongHouse Food Revival | September 7 & 8

Full Weekend Registration: $225

Located on a historic dairy farm in upstate New York, LongHouse Food Revival combines original multimedia presentations, great discussions and insight from leading thinkers in food media today. It is a place to make new friends, forge new connections and cook up new ideas.  Our meals are one-time, unscripted happenings that emanate from our Live Fire Cooking Arena — you wont experience anything like this anywhere else. People leave LongHouse Food Revival with full bellies and full minds.

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The weekend begins at 10am on Saturday, September 7 with a farmhouse breakfast prepared by our nine fabulous LongHouse Scholars and copious caffeine from our shiny, new espresso bar. Our signature Pop-Up Food Magazine, a series of multimedia presentations, original documentary films, presentations by authors, bloggers, publishers and producers, as well as live music, spoken word and cooking demonstrations, begins right after breakfast and sets the stage for an afternoon of discussion. The experience has been called magical by more than one hard-bitten veteran of the nation’s food media corps.

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Then there is lunch from our wood-fired oven prepared by master baker Mark Furstenberg. Sip, nibble, chew. And oh, yes, an afternoon of kicking ideas around in the LongHouse Barn. These are the very discussions that have begun to shape the nation’s food media agenda. It’s been called “a barn full of more food brains than should be allowed in a single zip code.”

LongHouse Live Fire Feast | Saturday, September 7 at 6pm

Live Fire Feast Only: $100

Behroush’s saffron martinis and local artisanal brews grease the wheels for the Live Fire Feast which begins at sundown. There are never too many cooks in the LongHouse Kitchen. This year, we are featuring pit-masters from Nigeria, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Iran and the Caribbean. Our Live Fire Feast is a United Nations of roasted meat and vegetables on an old, hardscrabble farm in Upstate New York.

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Think Chef Magnus Duriji’s Nigerian whole roasted goat and jell-a rice, Chef Tati’s Indonesian satay and gado-gado with hand-ground peanut sauce, Middle Eastern mezze with fragrant spices, cool yogurt and vibrant vegetables, pressed Turkish meat on our vertical spit, Najmieh Batmanglij’s Iranian jeweled rice, Naomi Duguid’s world tour of hand-made flatbreads and the best darned saffron ice cream you’ll ever have.

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There will be live music from Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project and plenty to sip. The lanterns will be glowing late into the night — and so will your sprits.


Food Flea | Sunday, September 8 from 10am – 2pm

Food Flea Only: $20

Food Flea is a marketplace of ideas and innovation, a country fair at LongHouse Food Revival. The gathering is open to Revival attendees and the public, and is common ground for individuals, media outlets, publishers, organizations, brands, start-ups, farmers and producers. And bacon.

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At Food Flea, the spirit of conviviality and can-do-ism rule. The full country breakfast includes local eggs, smokin’ bacon, waffles and live bluegrass. The Food Flea features a barn full of display tables that are hosted by leading companies, non-profits, publishers and producers, and makes a great setting to brew new projects and new collaborations.

A farmer’s market supplements the Food Flea with fresh produce and locally produced goods. There will also be panels of experts on personal branding and food start ups — all eager to hear your ideas for books and new businesses. Hey — you never know!


Johnathan GoldJonathan Gold is the Los Angeles Times’ restaurant critic and the author of Counter Intelligence: Where to Eat in the Real Los Angeles. Gold has been restaurant critic for LA Weekly, Los Angeles magazine and Gourmet. In 2007 he became the first food critic to win the Pulitzer Prize and is the recipient of numerous James Beard Awards for his writing on food and culture. Gold also writes frequently about music and popular culture for Spin, Rolling Stone, Details and Vanity Fair, and contributes to the radio shows Good Food and This American Life.


Naomi Duguid, traveller, writer, photographer, cook, is often described as a culinary anthropologist. She is the co-author of six award-winning books of food and travel including Seductions of Rice, Flatbreads and Flavors, Home Baking and Mangoes and Curry Leaves. The books explore home-cooked foods in their cultural context, with recipes and photographs as well as stories. Her latest book Burma: Rivers of Flavor celebrates the food cultures of Burma. Naomi is a contributing editor of Saveur magazine, has a bimonthly column “Global Pantry” in Cooking Light magazine, writes a weekly blog, and conducts cultural-immersion-through-food sessions in Northern Thailand.

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Elissa Altman is an award-winning columnist, humorist, and commentator on all things culinary. Once described as the illegitimate love child of David Sedaris and M.F.K. Fisher, Altman has contributed to Saveur Magazine, the Hartford Courant, Beard House Magazine, the New York Times, and other major national news outlets. Formerly a restaurant critic for The Hartford Courant, Ms. Altman has also worked in New York City as a personal chef and caterer, attended the Institute for Culinary Education, and was a longtime senior editor at both HarperCollins and Clarkson Potter. She is Editor-at-Large for Rodale Press and founder of the James Beard award-winning the blog Poor Man’s Feast. Her book, Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking, was released in March 2013. 

Najmieh BatmanglijNajmieh Batmanglij, hailed as “the guru of Persian cuisine” by The Washington Post, has spent the past 30 years cooking, traveling, and adapting authentic Persian recipes to tastes and techniques in the West. The 25th Anniversary Edition of her book Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies was called “This summer’s most coveted tome” by Vogue. Her Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey was selected as “One of the 10 best vegetarian cookbooks of the year” by the New York Times; and her From Persia to Napa: Wine at the Persian Table won the Gourmand Cookbook Award for the world’s best wine history book of 2007. She is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and lives in Washington, DC, where she teaches Persian and Silk Road cooking, and consults with restaurants around the world. Her most recent book is Happy Nowruz: Cooking with Children to Celebrate the Persian New Year.

carolyn-forcheCarolyn Forché is a bestselling American poet and memoirist. A passionate home cook, Forché is a regular contributor to Saveur Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, and Mother Jones and is a professor and the Director of the Lannan Center for Poetry at Georgetown University. Known as the “poet of witness,” Forché’s work focuses on the intersection of personal narrative, politics, human experience and culture. Her books include Gathering the Tribes, Blue Hour and more. She is currently at work on a memoir.

krishnendu_rayKrishnendu Ray is Associate Professor of Food Studies and Chair of the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies & Public Health at New York University. Prior to joining the NYU faculty in 2005, Krishnendu was an Associate Dean at The Culinary Institute of America. A food studies scholar, he is the author of The Migrant’s Table: Meals and Memories in Bengali-American Households, as well as several chapters such as “Exotic Restaurants and Expatriate Home Cooking” in The Globalization of Food , and the author of many articles on food studies and culture. He is currently working on his next book-length project tentatively titled Taste, Toil and Ethnicity: Immigrant Restaurateur and the American City.

Behroush SharifiBehroush “The Saffron King” Sharifi is a modern day spice trader who lives in New York City and is a muse to many a four-star chef. The son of Iranian parents, Mr. Sharifi grew up in Iran, London and Arkansas before moving to New York City to attend graduate school. A longtime “Dead Head,” he discovered his passion for cooking in the parking lot of rock concerts and traded a lot of spices on the side. After running a high-end spice distributorship from his one bedroom apartment in New York City with the help of his daughter, named Saffron, he joined a consortium of some of the world’s top chefs to create a specialty foods importing business based in Italy. He is currently working on a memoir and no longer makes deliveries on his bicycle. Except to Daniel Boulud.

Robert LuPoneRobert LuPone is an actor, dancer and director. A graduate of Juilliard, Mr. LuPone recently performed on Broadway in A Thousand Clowns, True West, and A View from the Bridge. His numerous film and television appearances include recent parts in Comedy Central’s new series Stella, Law & Order, The Door In the Floor, and a recurring role as Dr. Cusamano in The Sopranos. He won a Joseph Jefferson Award for his role as Crow in Tooth of the Crime, an Emmy nomination for his work on All My Children, and a Tony nomination for his role as Zach in the original cast of A Chorus Line. Mr. LuPone is President of the Board for ART/NY and the artistic director of MCC Theater in New York.

Pat WillardPat Willard has worked as an author, community organizer, waitress, short-order cook, seamstress, restaurant reviewer and journalist. Based in Brooklyn, NY, she is the author of four books including A Soothing BrothSecrets of Saffron: The Vagabond Life of the World’s Most Seductive Spice (nominated as “Best Literary Cookbook in 2002″ by the International Association of Culinary Professionals), Pie Every Day and America Eats! On the Road with the WPA: The Fish FriesBox Supper Socials and Chitlin’ Feasts that Define Real American Food. She recently completed her memoir, Stuck.

Molly O'NeillMolly O’Neill is a longtime food writer and bestselling author. She is the author of the memoir Mostly True: Family, Food and Baseball and four cookbooks including The New York Cookbook and One Big Table. A longtime journalist and food columnist with the New York Times Magazine, she was the host of the PBS series Great Food and edited the Library of America’s American Food Writing. O’Neill is the founder of cookNscribble, the online classroom, resource, and community for food writers, as well as LongHouse Food Revival.

Directions & Lodging


LongHouse Food Revival is located at 83 Stewart Road, Berne, NY 12023.



BY CAR LongHouse Food Revival is located  2 hours and 40 minutes north of New York City, 3 hours west of Boston and about 40 minutes southwest of Albany by car. Those with cars are encouraged to drive. Free parking is available on Stewart Road next to LongHouse Food Revival. Please follow signs when you arrive for parking access.

RIDE SHARE Participants may use our Google Drive Ride Share Board to request or offer a ride. If you are driving and have extra room in your car, please consider offering a ride to others on our Ride Share Board. LongHouse Food Revival does not monitor this ride share board and is not responsible for arrangements made.

BY TRAIN Those traveling from New York City can travel by train from New York Penn Station to Hudson, New York via Amtrak. From Hudson, taxi service is available to The Ararat Center (30 minutes) or LongHouse Food Revival (50 minutes). Taxis from Hudson are available with Columbia Taxi, 518-822-1010, and are approximately $55 one-way to LongHouse. To guarantee availability, we recommend booking train and taxi reservations in advance.

BY AIR The closest major airports are located in Albany (40 minutes by car), Hartford, CT (2 hours 15 minutes by car) New York City (2 hours 40 minutes by car) and Boston (3 hours by car).


Lodging at The Ararat Center

Lodging for LongHouse Food Revival 2013 is available at The Ararat Center in Greenville, New York on the nights of September 6th and 7th. The Ararat Center is a clean, comfortable, well-run retreat and lodging center right out of the 1950s and is located among the farming community of Greenville. Rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis. Please reserve rooms as soon as possible to guarantee availability.

LOCATION The Ararat Center is located at 6944 SR 32, Greenville, NY 12083, a 20-minute drive from LongHouse. Directions between The Ararat Center and  LongHouse  are available here. Free parking is available at The Ararat Center. Guests must arrange their own transportation to and from the Ararat Center. Limited shuttle service will be available between The Ararat Center and LongHouse Food Revival during the weekend.

RATES  Single Room: $65/night  |  Double Room: $85/night  |  Triple Room: $95/night

Payment must be made with cash or check only upon arrival at The Ararat Center.

CONTACT To reserve a room, please contact John Manca at The Ararat Center: 518-221-3560. Please leave a message if John Manca is unavailable and he will return your call within a few days.


Other Lodging Options

Alternate lodging is available in the surrounding area. A few places you may wish to consider are listed below.

The Van Winkle Inn  |  Greenville, NY  |  Room rate: $139 – $199/night

The Greenville Arms  |  Greenville, NY  |  Room rate: $108-$235/night

The Albany Marriott  |  Albany, NY  |  Room rate: $139+/night


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