December 10, 2012 Meeting
At the December 2012 meeting of the Experimental Cuisine Collective, La Boîte à Epices founder and owner Lior Lev Sercarz will talk about his work with spices, from sourcing to blending the finest of spices from around the world. He will also discuss agricultural and legislative issues that affect the flavor of spices. He and food photographer Thomas Schauer will also give us a preview of Lior’s book The Art of Blending, ahead of its official release the next day.
Lior Lev Sercarz was raised in Israel and trained as a chef in France, where he was introduced to the fine art of spice blending by Olivier Roellinger. He moved to New York in 2002 to cook for Daniel Boulud, and left the restaurant kitchen in 2006 to work with spices full time. He has since created blends for some of the world’s best chefs under the label La Boîte à Epices. In 2011, he opened a Manhattan store and art gallery, where he blends and sells his cpies and a line of sweet-savory biscuits. He is the author of The Art of Blending: Stories & Recipes from La Boîte’s Spice Journey, published in December 2012.