Astor Center Celebrates All Things Herring

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Dufresne's gazpacho with herring powder Photo: Hannah Whitaker/New York Magazine

How, exactly, do you turn herring into powder? If youre Wylie Dufresne of wd~50, you freeze it with liquid nitrogen and toss it in the blender. Then you use it to garnish nasturtium gazpacho, the dish Dufresne will serve June 15 at the Russ & Daughters Herring Pairing event at Astor Center. The night showcases herring in more traditional forms, as well marinated, salted, pickled, and smoked, all matched with spirits or cocktails and especially the seasonal New Catch Holland Herring, which arrives at Russ & Daughters on June 8 (tickets are $65; 212-475-4880).