Lior and Elizabeth Falkner are presenting together for the Zero Waste Food Conference at the Institute of Culinary Education at the end of the month. Here we get her thoughts on food waste, a recipe, and what she’s up to next!
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions! We’re excited to be collaborating with you.
• What’s your philosophy when it comes to minimizing food waste?
I value the energy it takes on a biological and universe level as well as the human energy to cultivate ingredients and distribute them, so I don’t over purchase and I try to use everything for something. It is something I constantly am talking about with different audiences and in recipe development.
Next month Lior will be down at Zahav to cook a spice dinner with Michael Solomonov. Here we explore Michael’s thoughts on cooking, spices, and dreams.
• We’ve had a long relationship with you and you use quite a few of our blends in your restaurant. This dinner is a bit different since it is based on simple 3-5 ingredient blends from the Spice Companion. What would you like people to walk away having experienced?
We love the idea of cooking for the spice. We oftentimes start with the protein first – but I love utilizing the spice as the star of a dish – working essentially, backwards. I want each guest to walk away and be reminded of something. A memory awakened through each course.
This month we interview Christopher Kimball of Milk Street. Lior will be teaching a class together with Chris later this month, as well as a spice blending class on his own.
Thank you for taking the time to speak with us, we’re very excited about Lior’s upcoming classes up at Milk Street and would love to learn a bit more about your take on spices and recipe development.
• You’ve had a long career in food and are widely recognized as an authority in your field. What are some areas where you still feel like you have a lot to learn?
As a cookbook author said recently, “I love cooking because every time I step into the kitchen, I am a beginner.” I have a lot to learn about everything especially, since Milk Street is setting its sights on the whole world of cooking.
Cardinal Spirits welcomes Lior Lev Sercarz
A chance meeting four years ago not only led to collaboration on a drink for Cardinal Spirits but to an upcoming special dinner and spice workshops by one of the world’s most well known spice experts, Lior Lev Sercarz.
Sercarz, owner of La Boite spice company in New York City, and Cardinal Spirit’s Adam Quirk began discussing the possibilities of creating a drink using Sercarz’ spices and Quirk’s gin. The result? Cardinal Spirits’ Terra Botanical Gin.
Quirk first emailed Sercarz “out of the blue.” Soon Quirk was visiting the shop in New York City, where he talked to the master spice blender. “I felt like I met a fellow traveler down the same path of taking raw things and making something wonderful,” Quirk said. “We hit it off and we’ve stayed in touch ever since.”