We are grateful to be collaborating with one of our dear and long-time friends Yana Volfson on a set of “Midwinter Pick Me Ups”. The conversations, stories, and ideas exchanged with our hospitality friends here in New York City are among the most important interactions we are grateful to have in our work. Yana both challenges us and inspires us to reimagine the possibilities for products and their uses and collaboration with a person that has inspired us for years and hopefully many more to come.
“This time of year, if you haven’t already stepped out of NYC Winter, can be the most challenging. Winter funk starts to really take its toll on the palate, organs and spirit. The things we usually love to eat and drink don’t taste as good anymore, the moisturizer we fell in love within December doesn’t seem to make your skin as soft, our bodies hurt from the layers of clothing we wear to keep warm. For these reasons and with escapism not being an easy option I designed this limited Midwinter Pick Me Up collection of guilty pleasures. This 3 piece collection celebrates some unique seasonal ingredients and some of the things I love to play with when visiting Atef at SOS Chef. I hope you enjoy them.
I’ve been visiting Atef at her magical store for almost ten years. I discovered it after snooping around in some Chefs cupboards and finding little treasures that I had never heard of before with the label SOS Chef stickered to the containers. Timut pepper from Nepal, Tonka Beans from Brazil, Passionfruit Berries from Australia, and the list goes on…..
My initial visit to Atefs shop was the first of many to come. I remember her pouring her oils for me to taste on a long elegant wooden spoon. I took the spoon out of her hand to rub the oils into mine and then press them into my face for a more visceral experience. Atef had read me to be a serious one but I think after that moment we both knew we would eventually play together.” - Yana Volfson
About SOS Collaborations
We are excited to share a curated collection of products from New York City’s most beloved chefs. SOS Chefs Collaborations is a platform for chefs to share their past favorites and future hits with you.
This year has undoubtedly been a challenging one that has left the restaurant community shaken to its core. Here at SOS Chefs we have felt so lucky to be a part of the creative process for so many chefs over the years, our doors have always been open, and although things look differently these days, we want to continue to be a resource and platform for the culinary creatives we hold so dear. Each collaboration allows your favorite chefs to bring you back into their world, if not on a plate, in a jar, a bottle, or a sachet.