The Taste Talks Food & Drink Awards — hosted by Mo Rocca

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
  • 7:30PM
RUN TIME: 90min
PREMIUM TICKETS: $180 (includes after party at Roulette)
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Monday September 26, 2016
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With performances by: Heems, Michael Twitty, and Pheobe Robinson

Helen Hollyman
Amanda Cohen
Erin Fairbanks
Flynn McGarry
Kat Kinsman
Roble Ali

“Hold onto your hats, food nerds.”

Food and drink has a new big night. Celebrating culinary excellence for a new generation, The Taste Talks Food & Drink Awards honor the food world's best of the best from across the country. More than a traditional awards ceremony, the live show features musical performances, storytelling, cooking demos, and more from your favorite chefs and celebrities—with a headlining host to match. We'll also reveal the award winners in over 30 categories across three verticals: Restaurants and Chefs, Publishing and Media, and Innovation and Technology.

Come celebrate the incredible diversity, creativity, and ingenuity of the food world like never before.

This event is presented by Taste Talks. BAM house, ticketing, and membership policies may not apply.

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The Taste Talks Food & Drink Awards live ceremony is followed by an after party at Roulette Theater celebrating the winners, nominees and the future of taste. Food, drink and music to match the incredible talent and imagination recognized at the Taste Talks Food & Drink Awards make it a party unlike any other.
Mo Rocca

Mo Rocca is a Correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and host and creator of the Cooking Channel’s My Grandmother’s Ravioli, in which he learns to cook from grandmothers and grandfathers across the country. He's also the host of the CBS Saturday morning show The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation and a frequent panelist on NPR’s hit weekly quiz show Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me!® Mo spent four seasons as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and four seasons as a correspondent on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.


Himanshu Suri is an Indian-American rapper, writer and activist from Queens, NY. After starting his career as one-third and manager of alt-rap trio Das Racist, he released his solo debut Eat, Pray, Thug last year to critical acclaim. Born and raised in Queens, in 2012 he released a mixtape that brought attention to the need for redistricting in Queens and subsequently led to an end of the gerrymandering of Richmond Hill. Suri has spoken at universities such as Princeton, Stanford, and Amherst and toured across North America, Europe and Asia.

Michael Twitty

Michael Twitty is a culinary historian, historic interpreter, and food writer who aims to discover and bring to life the foods of his ancestors—enslaved African Americans in colonial and antebellum America. Michael's research and interests also range into the wider African Diaspora, continental African food traditions, Jewish foodways, and heirloom and heritage breed foods and wild edible resources. Twitty is a growing champion of local eating in both the African American and Jewish communities and the eco-friendly principles of the locavore movement.

Phoebe Robinson

Phoebe Robinson is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actress whom, Essence, and Esquire have named one of the top comedians to watch. She has appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Last Call with Carson Daly; Broad City, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, @midnight with Chris Hardwick and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. She created and starred in Refinery29’s web series Woke Bae and, alongside Jessica Williams, she is the creator and costar of the hit WNYC podcast 2 Dope Queens as well as the creator and host of the new WNYC podcast Sooo Many White Guys.

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