Do you have a passion for food? Are you an alum who has just published a book? Put on your own performance of a play? Whether you have won a Pulitzer, Are a Famous Chef, Cook like a gourmand of Your Own Kitchen, or are pushing cabs between auditions, join us!



Contacts:   Billy Kolber, Chair


Watch, Ask and Eat: Interactive Cooking Demonstration Classes


Our classes at DeGustibus are a special treat. Like watching a cooking demonstration on TV, except you’re seated at a table in the studio. As the 3-course meal is prepared, it’s served to you at your seat, along with free-flowing wines. And the opportunity to ask questions of the chef. We’ve got two classes this year on the menu. It’s a meal and a show and an education - all for $95



Hidden down a hallway on the 8th floor of Macy’s is DeGustibus — a cooking school like no other. Our friend and host Sal Rizzo will welcome you like a guest in his home, with a glass of Franciacorta - the Italian sparkling wine. Sal has created a special event just for us — bringing in Mario Batali and Lydia Bastianich’s beverage guy, and the VP of Calvisius, Italy’s sustainable caviar provider. The wine will flow, the caviar will be scooped, and new friends will be made. 


Urban agriculture is growing in NYC. Join YAANY and Yale Blue Green to see what autumn looks like on an urban farm in this guided tour of beautiful Brooklyn Grange. Learn about what's happening on the farm in October – from the farmers, to the honeybees, to the plants themselves.  Sip a cappuccino while strolling through fall crops, saving seeds from our organic heirloom vegetables, and learning about the farm's many uses, including as a learning laboratory for City Growers. After a special Q & A session with City Growers education staff, guests will be able to shop at the Brooklyn Grange farm stand, or even get their hands dirty by helping out during the farm's open volunteer hours.

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Every October, celebrates Foodtober: A month of food-related events and activities exploring food culture, creation, politics, business, media, history and science. We share the knowledge, talents and passions of our Yale and NYC communities and facilitate social engagement that increases our knowledge, broadens our horizons, and expands our palates, while raising funds for our non-profit partners, Yale Sustainable Food Project, City Growers and Just Food. To date, we’ve donated more than $14,000.

It’s always a lot of food for thought! 

If you’re a food professional, academic or aficionado and want to join our Foodtober committee, please email