NYC-ARTS: Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD)

Air date: 02/16/2017

NYC-ARTS to Unwrap the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) in February

Correspondent Christina Ha serves up the tri-state area’s cultural news from the Brooklyn-based museum

NYC-ARTS, THIRTEEN’s weekly arts and culture multi-platform showcase, brings arts lovers an all-access pass to the interesting, unusual and unique cultural offerings of New York City. For the next two weeks, on February 16 and February 23, News Correspondent Christina Ha will bring viewers the news from the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD), New York’s first museum with exhibits visitors can actually eat, located in Brooklyn.

MOFAD advances public understanding of the culture, history, science, production, and commerce of food and drink.

Co-hosted by New York Emmy Award winners Philippe de Montebello and Paula Zahn, with events around town reported by Ha, NYC-ARTS showcases both world-renowned and local, community-based arts organizations. The program airs on Thursday nights at 8 p.m. on THIRTEEN and is also available to stream on on Friday mornings. Encore presentations generally follow on Sundays at 12 noon on THIRTEEN; Sundays at 3 p.m. and Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. on WLIW21; and Sundays at 8:30 p.m. on NJTV.

Along with updates on the various cultural events happening around town, Ha takes viewers inside MOFAD’s “CHOW: Making the Chinese American Restaurant” exhibition with insights from the museum’s executive director, Peter J. Kim.

“CHOW” features 200 curated historical artifacts, a colorful timeline of menus from 1910 to 2016, and photography by Daniel Krieger. Exhibition highlights include Project Fortune, which encourages a global audience to customize good will fortunes dispensed from a working 1,500-pound fortune cookie machine, Chow Culinary Studio, where visitors can learn culinary techniques and sample chef-designed dishes, and Curtain of Many, which uses 7,250 takeout boxes to represent the nation’s 50,000 Chinese American restaurants. “CHOW” is on view on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through August 2017.

MOFAD will also be the subject of a longer, more in-depth, curator’s choice segment in a future installment of NYC-ARTS.

NYC-ARTS is a production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC in association with WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers.

Executive Producer: David Horn. Editorial Director: Joan Hershey. Supervising Producer: Mitch Owgang. Senior Producer: Bob Morris. For the digital platforms, General Manager: Dan Greenberg. Director of Digital Strategy: Joe Harrell.

NYC-ARTS is made possible in part by First Republic Bank.  Major funding for NYC-ARTS is also made possible by Rosalind P. Walter, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, the Jean Dubinsky Appleton Estate, Jody and John Arnhold, Ellen and James S. Marcus, The Lewis “Sonny” Turner Fund for Dance, Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and Elroy and Terry Krumholz Foundation.  This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.  Additional funding provided by members of THIRTEEN.

Visit the NYC-ARTS Web site at for additional information.


About WNET
As New York’s flagship public media provider and the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJTV News with Mike Schneider and MetroFocus, the multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. WNET is also a leader in connecting with viewers on emerging platforms, including the THIRTEEN Explore iPad App where users can stream PBS content for free.



NYC-ARTS aims to increase awareness of New York City’s nonprofit cultural organizations, whose offerings greatly benefit residents and visitors—from children to adults, and teenagers to senior citizens. NYC-ARTS promotes cultural groups’ activities and events to tri-state, national and international audiences through nonprint media, using new technologies as they develop. Through television, Web sites, mobile applications and social media, NYC-ARTS nurtures New York City’s position as a thriving cultural capital of the world, one that has both world-renowned institutions and those that are focused on local communities.


“NYC-ARTS” News Correspondent Christina Ha brings viewers the news from the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) Photo Credit: Courtesy of NYC-ARTS/THIRTEEN Productions LLC