CHEF APRIL BLOOMFIELD TO SERVE UP CUSTOM THANKSGIVING-INSPIRED MENU AT
POP-UP “SAINTS & STRANGERS” PUB; INVITING VISITORS TO DINE LIKE THE PILGRIMS OF 1620
In Celebration of National Geographic Channel’s Two-Night Movie Event “Saints & Strangers,”
Bloomfield Will Unveil An Exclusive Curated Menu, Creating a Culinary Journey
This Thanksgiving season, the world of the Pilgrims comes to life in New York City, as National Geographic Channel transforms Flatiron Hall into the Saints & Strangers Pub 1620, a pop-up restaurant with a custom menu developed exclusively by James Beard Award-winning and Michelin-starred Chef April Bloomfield of The Breslin Bar & Dining Room, The Spotted Pig and the soon to be open Salvation Burger.
Open to the public on November 18 and 19 for lunch, drinks and dinner service, the Saints & Strangers Pub 1620 will pay homage to the voyage of the Pilgrims, immersing visitors in each facet of their journey. “Saints & Strangers,” the two-night movie event on National Geographic Channel, is the real story of the first Thanksgiving, revealing the trials and tribulations of the first settlers at Plymouth and their complex relationship with the Native Americans.
“’Saints & Strangers’ tells the epic story of survival and perseverance, the story of the pilgrims and Native Americans that we think we all know, but as we go in-depth to both sides of the story, the truth may surprise you,” said Hayes Tauber, senior vice president, consumer marketing, National Geographic Channel. “With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we wanted to open the pop-up pub to give people a chance to step inside the world of ‘Saints & Strangers’ in a completely unexpected way. And by partnering with renowned Chef April Bloomfield to create an exclusive custom menu, guests will enjoy fare reminiscent of the era – but with a pretty amazing upgrade.”
Chef Bloomfield’s exclusive menu of small bites will take diners on a three-part culinary adventure uniting Old World with modern flavors:
- The Last Supper – Menu items mimicking the 17th Century pub food and drink of Plymouth, England as the pilgrims prepared to set sail, including salted beef sandwiches and pork pie piccalilli.
- The Mayflower Voyage – Bites inspired by the difficult journey across the Northern Atlantic, with a delicious upgrade thanks to Bloomfield’s inspired hand. Items include sunchoke and potato soup and stuffed cabbage with bacon and horseradish.
- A New Plymouth– Old World tastes and techniques meet modern ingredients and flavors, as the pilgrims arrive on the shores of Massachusetts, with menu items such as roasted duck with cranberry and smashed pumpkin and corn meal cakes.
“Curating the Saints & Strangers Pub 1620 menu was a wonderful opportunity to explore the heritage that has shaped American cuisine today,” said Bloomfield. “I’ve enjoyed a bit of a culinary ‘pilgrimage’ myself, beginning my career in England before landing here in New York. Guests at the pub will see this journey come to life – and hopefully learn something about their heritage in the process.”
Additionally, to support the spirit of Thanksgiving by making a difference in the community and to provide non-New Yorkers with an opportunity to experience the pub firsthand, National Geographic Channel has partnered with Feeding America, the nation’s largest charitable organization dedicated to fighting domestic hunger through a network of 200 food banks, to create a consumer-facing donation program and sweepstakes. Starting November 16, consumers can visit saintsandstrangers.com/donate to enter for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to New York City to experience the Saints & Strangers Pub 1620 menu. For every sweepstakes entry and social media interaction using #SaintsGivetoStrangers, National Geographic Channel will make a donation to Feeding America up to $20,000 to help their mission to end hunger in America. National Geographic Channel and Feeding America have also partnered on donation drives at screenings of the movie, volunteer shifts with the cast in Los Angeles and New York City, and will air PSAs during “Saints & Strangers” premiere night.
The Saints & Strangers Pub 1620 is open November 18-19 from 12-3pm for lunch and 6-9pm for dinner and drinks at 38 West 26th Street in New York City. It will be open on a first-come, first-served basis and free to the general public.
Watch the Saints & Strangers trailer here:
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