Local Wisdom: After-Hours Gatherings at Greiser’s

Join Us for Four Evening Talks in Spring 2024

Easton  is a hive of accomplished people with unique talents. Ever since our November 1, 2018, opening day, we’ve aspired to provide a place for all the interesting and interested people in our community to connect.

Local Wisdom is our occasional after-hours event series now in its second season at Greiser’s. On these evenings, we provide small bites, beverages (non-alcoholic, but byob is permitted), and a relaxed forum where you can get to know your neighbors, including some of Easton’s most creative and innovative residents. Each event will include a short lecture — think TEDTalk — and plenty of time for conversation with our featured guests, all of whom are plucked right from our customer list.   

All events are from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. $20 ticket includes small bites and a beverage.

Seating is limited. Advanced registration required.

Wednesday, March 27

Menu: Toast Points with Seasonal Spreads & Dips

As the founder of the NYC design agency Cozzolino Studio, Easton-based industrial designer Steve Cozzolino is the creative mind behind many favorite household appliances and tools including the All-Clad toaster and Belgian waffle maker, the Cuisinart toaster oven, the Kitchen Aid curlin tea kettle, Mr. Coffee espresso makers, and numerous Nambé gourmet kitchen tool designs. Early in his career, he was part of the team that designed the legendary Swiffer for Procter & Gamble. For the past four years, Steve has also been a cast member, design judge, and presenter on the ByDesign suite of CBS Primetime television shows.

Steve’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Fortune, the MOMA Design Store, and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. He was honored by the City of New York for “Excellence in Design,” and has won professional accolades including the Red Dot, Global Innovation, Good Design, IDEA, and Housewares Design awards. He holds numerous design patents.  

At Greiser’s tonight, he’ll talk about the power of design to spark joy, why he believes empathy is one of the most powerful tools for designing and developing relevant, compelling experiences for all, and how Artificial Intelligence can complement the design process.

After dividing their time between NYC and Easton for several years, Steve, his wife Pam, and their teenage son Nick made Easton their full-time home last year.

Thursday April 11

Menu: Vietnamese Grazing Board

Tammy Nguyen making paintings in her Easton studio for her ICA Boston show. Left to right, “Ralph Waldo Emerson” and “Ngo Dinh Diem.” Photo by Natalie Ivis for The New York Times

Tammy Nguyen is a multimedia artist based in Easton whose work spans painting, drawing, printmaking and book making. Intersecting geopolitical realities with fiction, her practice addresses lesser-known histories through a blend of myth and visual narrative. She is the founder of Passenger Pigeon Press, an independent press that joins the work of scientists, journalists, creative writers, and artists.

Her work is currently on display in London, and was recently featured in a show at the ICA Boston. In a December, 2023, profile, The New York Times called Tammy Nguyen “a maximalist … driven by questions, not certainties.”

Tonight, Tammy will discuss the ins and outs of her artistic process, recent and upcoming shows, and how living in Easton with her husband Davey and daughters Penny and Olive has transformed her practice.

Wednesday, May 8

Menu: A Cultural Mix of Game Day Appetizers

Mike Evans is the the author of The Belfast Blazers: The Journey of an American Basketball Coach in Ireland, and founder and executive director of Full Court Peace, a Connecticut based not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing kids from different socioeconomic backgrounds together. FCP, which evolved from Evans’s experiences in Ireland, creates meaningful opportunities for interaction between boys and girls ages 10 to 18, both on and off of the basketball court.

“Our youth lack ample opportunities to interact with one another, to truly understand one another, and to forge friendships across racial and socioeconomic lines,” Evans says. “We are effectively raising children who will promote the status quo — a nation divided by race, class and income. The farther we slide away from each other, the less unified we are as a society, and the less prepared our children are to be socially competent citizens of this society.”

Mike, who lives in Easton with his wife, Alexandra, and their 9-month old daughter, Hannah, will talk this evening about his work in Northern Ireland, first playing and then coaching basketball, and how his experience getting teenage Protestant and Catholic teammates in Belfast to see eye to eye led to his formation of a nonprofit that’s breaking down barriers to peace in communities around the US and world. Copies of his book will be for sale.

July Date TBD

Menu: Snacks of the Lower East Side, Circa 1900

Join us to celebrate the publication of local author Dan Slater’s new book, The Incorruptibles: A True Story of Kingpins, Crime Busters, and the Birth of the American Underworld.

A graduate of Colgate University, New York Film Academy, and Brooklyn Law School, Dan has written for more than a dozen publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, GQ, and the New Yorker. His last book, Wolf Boys, which the New York Times called “unforgettable” and the Chicago Public Library named a best book of the year, is being adapted for a TV series by 101 Studios and director Antoine Fuqua.

Meanwhile, his story about a rabbinic gang is in development at Paramount TV and George Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures.

Raised in Minnesota, Dan lives in Easton with his wife Sophie and their sons, Silas and Felix.

At Greiser’s this evening, Dan will share his journey researching and retelling the birth story of our country’s immigrant underworld and sign copies of his new book.

Space at Greiser’s is limited. Advanced registration is required. Tickets, $20, are available in-store or online here. We’ll serve a topical menu of small bites and softdrinks at each event. BYOB is welcome.

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