You’re Invited to a Community Conversation about Food, Family, and Culture: “Getting into the Kitchen”
Kelly Allen of Northampton Community College has asked me to reach out to you with an invitation for your participation in a free Community Conversation on Sunday, July 24th at 12:15 p.m.
Kelly and a dynamic team of scholars and community partners invite you to an exciting Community Conversation, “Getting into the Kitchen.” This interactive conversation will take place at Northampton Community College’s Fowler Center at 511 East 3rd Street on Bethlehem’s Southside. This represents the second in a three-part conversation as part of the six-month “Food in the Public Square” project that launched in May of this year, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The aim with this project will be to collect “food stories,” rich with the flavors of “your” family and culture.
While Sunday’s event will be facilitated by academics and community organizers, the information gathered and assessed will come directly from you and the other the participants.
The goal of these conversations is to learn about and capture the food culture of the Lehigh Valley. What are the food decisions we make and how are they influenced by who or what we are? We have wonderful ethnic food traditions tied to our food, but often these meals are time consuming to prepare. This conversation, “Getting into the Kitchen” will also ask, “Who’s in the kitchen?”
To see how we have captured food stories from a previous community conversation,
Marylou Seixas, resident of South Bethlehem shares her cross-generational family food stories. Click here to see her video story on YouTube
Rather than use our scholars as an authority to disseminate information, we are looking to you for the wisdom. The scholars create the questions to provoke discussion:
- Given the demands of modern life and families with two working parents, how are you handling the preparation of our meals, especially those important foods or meals connected to our heritage?
- How have your eating and cooking practices changed between childhood and adulthood? Why?
- How do you make your food choices with regard to food preparation?
- Do you have certain food preparation rituals? Please describe them and the roles played by your various family members.
We want to hear the stories most precious to you, your family and your culture. What you share will be recorded through audio and video. After the event, the scholars will figure out how your stories fit within the larger intellectual conversations focusing on food policy and food justice.
At the event Kelly Allen, a Northampton Community College professor who is managing this project, will explain what this project will accomplish and why this discussion is important.
“If you want to learn more about the Taste event, organized by Buy Fresh Buy Local of the Greater Lehigh Valley, go to their website.
We hope to see you Sunday, July 24th at the Fowler Center at 511 East 3rd Street (6th floor) on Bethlehem’s Southside. We want to hear your story.
“If you want to learn more about this project: follow this link to the Food in the Public Square website
We hope to see you Sunday, May 20th at the Fowler Center at 511 East 3rd Street (6th floor) on Bethlehem’s Southside. We want to hear your story.
Here’s the whole day’s schedule: