Enjoy this historical and culinary exploration of Essex Street Market, a centerpiece of Manhattan's Lower East Side community for 77 years. Once a central shopping area for Jewish and Italian households on the Lower East Side, today the market is home to vendors from more than 10 different countries, including from the Dominican Republic, South Korea, Japan, Morocco, and Mexico. While tasting delicious foods and meeting with market vendors and hearing their stories, this tour will also explore the past, present, and future of New York City’s public market system, from its beginnings in the 1930s under Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, to its role today in providing quality food and opportunities for small culinary entrepreneurs to launch their businesses and grow. This experience will include a food tasting tour that will visit with 5-6 market vendors, from fishmongers and cheesemongers to bakers, coffee roasters, and restaurateurs, and an in-depth specialty olive oil and vinegar tasting and comparison of pure and infused varieties with Saad Bourkadi, owner of Essex Olive & Spice House, whose family has been growing and pressing olives in Fez, Morocco for four generations. Tastings will be plenty for lunch and may include European and American farmstead cheeses, fresh-baked breads, Mexican tacos, Japanese street food, fresh-squeezed juice, and more. During the olive oil and vinegar tasting, you will compare three extra virgin olive oils from around the world and how to differentiate between them, as well as olive oils and vinegars that have been infused with ingredients ranging from garlic to blood orange. Note: Please note that most dietary restrictions can be accommodated on this tour with sufficient advance notice; please notify Registrar@ScarsdaleAdultSchool.org.