Culinary Connections is a new live event series from LAist focused on all the ways food connects us.
Food has the power to connect us all, but the pandemic has taken a severe toll on food systems workers and revealed cracks in the industry overall. How can we use food to heal from our collective trauma and how do we use the insights gained over these most recent years to center the sacredness of food and the making of it? On December 7, join Jocelyn Ramirez (she/her), founder of Todo Verde, as she leads a discussion with women who are working in this space. She’ll talk with Melissa Acedera (she/her), of Polo’s Pantry and Home-y Made Meals, and Across Our Kitchen Tables co-founders Valeria Velazquez Duenas (she/her) and Claudia Serrato (she/her) about the lessons they’ve learned through the pandemic and what they’re doing to put the focus on the sacred nature of food.
We’ll also get a demonstration on how to make seasonal Indigenous pudding with butternut squash and corn milk from Claudia, along with a discussion on decolonized cuisine as a way to nourish our bodies and spirits. Everyone who attends will get a copy of the recipe and a chance to taste this delicious treat!
This project is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Department of Arts and Culture.