“It took many years before New Yorkers began to know Thai food,” says Wanne Pokpoonpipat executive chef at Jaiya in a mouthwatering promo video for Thaithentic, New York City’s first ever Thai-themed food and cultural festival being held tomorrow night at eSpace. VIP tickets are sold out, but $45 general admission tickets can be purchased here and should also be available at the door.
“There is so much more to Thai food and culture than is currently known in the States. With support from our sponsorship partners, the Thaithentic Food and Culture Festival will elevate people’s perception of what it means to be Thai, said Manus Chaorinuea founder and CEO of the festival’s organizer Gotham Food Network.
As I wrote earlier this week Queens is undergoing a Thai renaissance, and naturally Elmhurst eateries figure prominently in Thiathentic. Ayada, Sripraphai, Chao Thai, Playground, Eim Khao Man Gai, and Ploy will all be represented.
“My grandma is a wonderful cook. She could just make magic happen with something so simple,” says Iron Chef vet Hong Thaimee of Ngam who will be on hand at the festival. “Thai food surprises, you find all kinds of flavors in one bite.”