Director, Lucy Long featured on https://www.splendidtable.org/episode/656 When I came up with the idea of culinary tourism in the mid-1990s, I used it to explore what it means for individuals to eat food from cultures other than their own. Since then I expanded and refined the concept partly to acknowledge more the role of power in... Continue Reading →
CFAC.WhirledPeas.CurriculumGuide.6-2017 This Project offers resources and curriculum materials for using food to address issues concerning political conflicts, cultural (mis)representations and understanding, and social justice. It includes a center-sponsored project that uses food to explore concepts crucial to those issues--construction, multiple identities, and the aesthetics of everyday life.
Farmers Markets are venues where produce and goods are sold directly by the producers to the consumer. Prices are usually set by the producers, and consumers and producers interact in the exchange so there can develop a personal and relationship element in the transaction. Vendors usually include small-scale farmers, specialty food producers, and artisan food... Continue Reading →
Food is a feature in many holiday celebrations, but holidays in the Autumn frequently revolve around food--harvest festivals, rituals of giving thanks, even Halloween. The American holiday of Thanksgiving highlights food, but other holidays this time of year and moving into the winter also use food as symbol, ritual, entertainment, and sustenance.
One of the longest standing members of the Center for Food and Culture staff is Melissa Hill. Melissa has worked with the Center since its beginnings and has been irreplaceable in developing the Center's website, its everyday operations, and its various projects. Starting as a research intern when she was an undergraduate at Bowling Green... Continue Reading →
Eating food together is a universal way to celebrate something. For Muslims, the Iftar meal marks the end of the daily fast during Ramadan, their holy month commemorating the first revelation of the Quran to Mohammed. Based on the lunar calendar, Ramadan involves fasting from sun-up to sundown as a way to practice self-discipline and... Continue Reading →
CSA's (community supported agriculture) are small farms that offer "shares" in their harvest. Members pay a set fee for a certain number of months and then receive a portion, usually on a weekly basis, of whatever the farm produces during that time. This way, the farmers have a guaranteed income, and customers share the risks facing... Continue Reading →
Composting & Culture Composting is the process of turning discarded food and plants into something usable, “healthy dirt” that nourishes the soil for growing plants. It offers a way to recycle food rather than add to heaps of trash. Composting also offers connections—to the environment, the food system, our own food habits, the places we... Continue Reading →