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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Bad Bitches Sarah Adams and Nikki Anhalt start Aunt Harriet's pop-up dinners

It runs in the family

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 10:53 AM

click to enlarge Nikki Anhalt and Sarah Adams have launched their own dinner series - AMANDA GREELY
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  • Nikki Anhalt and Sarah Adams have launched their own dinner series
Since co-founding Bad Bitches, a female-only pop-up dinner series last year, a lot has happened for Sarah Adams. The organization hosted half a dozen sold-out dinners, they got national attention in Food & Wine magazine, gave out $30,000 in scholarships to female F&Bers, and then two of the co-founders, Randi Weinstein and Kelly Kleisner left to pursue other projects. 

On her own and holding onto the brand, Adams decided to keep the idea going. She's since partnered with former Tristan pastry chef and FIG bartender Nikki Anhalt and in addition to doing more Bad Bitches events, the two tell us they've just launched Aunt Harriet's pop-up dinners.

This time the concept is a bit more self-centered. "It's going to showcase my food," says Adams. The FIG and Woodberry Kitchen alum has been outside the kitchen a lot this past year helping get Bad Bitches running and says her heart is aching to put an apron back on. For her part, Anhalt will be the Front of House face of the Aunt Harriet's project which will be hosted exclusively at Queen Street Grocery (133 Queen St.) where the first dinner will take place on April 17.

"The menu is going to be family style. We’re trying to not course it out," explains Sarah. "It will be like an inn where you sit down and the hostess curates your meal and the food just kind of keeps coming. It's a very old, Southern, country hostess way of cooking." To that end Adams says the goal is that a couple hours in guests will be drunk, laughing, and lying on the floor.
click to enlarge Adams' great grandmother's portrait hangs in her kitchen at home - PROVIDED
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  • Adams' great grandmother's portrait hangs in her kitchen at home

So why the name Aunt Harriet's? Well it's in homage to Adams' great grandmother whose portrait hangs in her home. “The portrait of Harriet was painted in my family’s farmhouse in Maine, circa 1849 and from what we know, it was her wedding portrait. It’s hauntingly beautiful as her eyes tend to follow you around the room,” said Adams. A somber Harriet looks out from the vintage frame, her hand resting in what sort of appears to be a hookem horns position in her lap.

"We googled the gang sign that Aunt Harriet is throwing, but I forgot which one it was. All I remember is that is was hard as fuck," Adams says.

Which might be what one could expect from the Aunt Harriet's dinner parties — badass food in a friendly environment. For those interested, tickets go on sale tomorrow Fri. April 8. There are only 20 seats available and each spot is $65 which includes food and drinks. Service will begin at 6:30 p.m. To purchase a spot, click here

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