Manhattan’s legendary Russ & Daughters eatery has been called, “New York’s most hallowed shrine to the miracle of caviar, smoked salmon, ethereal herring, and silken chopped liver.” But its roots are pretty humble: Shortly after his arrival in America from Poland, in 1907, founder Joel Russ peddled herring from a barrel. Now Russ’ grandson, Mark Russ Federman, who ran his family’s “Louvre of lox” from 1978 until turning it over to the fourth generation in 2009, tells the story of one immigrant family’s journey through the Great Depression, World War II food rationing, heartbreaking years of neighborhood blight, and an almost-miraculous renaissance. In conversation with legendary Seattle chef Tom Douglas, Federman, author of Russ & Daughters, shares anecdotes about his ferociously hardworking family, its devoted international clientele, the creation and selling of gourmet food—and four generations of people who are just a little bit crazy on the subject of fish. Presented as part of the Town Hall Arts & Culture series with University Book Store.
Advance tickets are $5 at www.townhallseattle.org or 888/377-4510 and at the door beginning at 5:30 pm. Town Hall members receive priority seating. Great Hall;
enter on Eighth Avenue. Triple feature! Admission to this event also gains entry to Viktor Mayer-Schonberger & Kenneth Cukier: Big Data, at 7:30 pm, and the UW Science Now event at 9 pm.
Other Arts & Culture, Literary Events
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 2:00 – 3:30pm
Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $10-$15.
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm
Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. Free.