The Fine Art of Curating Locally-Sourced Reclaimed Food aka Dumpster Diving in New York City

Comedian Jeff Seal demonstrated for the cameras of Gothamist how to “curate locally-sourced reclaimed food” aka dumpster dive with style in New York City, showing that a good, nutritious meal could be had without too much effort.

For many, the term “dumpster diving” evokes stomach-turning images of half-moldy rolls and recently-expired tuna salad snatched from the mouths of gnawing rats. But as many sophisticated urban survivalists know, there is an extraordinary amount of perfectly good, even gourmet, food set out every night in sanitary bags outside city delis, bakeries, restaurants, and supermarkets. The video above shows just how easy and clean the process of scoring great free food can be.