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Let’s get Cookin’!

October 4, 2010

well this is my first post….a long time comin’ but those of you who know me know that I can be a bit slow with these things…but I am getting on it..I am getting over my resistance to technology!

For the next year my blogs will be focusing on the development of my piece, “Our Daily Bread” which will premier next April at CounterPULSE…and the journey that this piece is taking me on is already soooo deep…

Most recently, I cooked for folks who were taking Rashad Pridgen’s (AKA Soul Nubian) AfroHouseHop class at Dance Mission this past Saturday. I made my recession stew and rice for the students who joined me in the Dance Mission lobby glowing from a fantastic class which I forced myself not to take (I am nursing an injury). The energy in class had been bumpin’ due to the incredible energy of Mr. Pridgen and the amazing musical magician DJ Carlos Mena who was spinning live and throwin’ it down for the class.

Anyhow, (forgive me because I come from a lineage of story tellers who go on long tangents!) the dancers joined me in the lobby and I fed them stew and they fed me stories about food…

The power of coming together and eating cannot be understated…and more importantly, the power of coming together to eat HOME COOKED food cannot be measured..it is that deep, and unfortunately rare..DJ Carlos Mena made a powerful statement when he said, “A friend does not truly become your friend until you share a meal together”…so true…

I am going to be making meals (and hopefully friends) over this next year to many folks in sometimes random and spontaneous places because people need to be fed for real…look out, here I come!

On that note, the next scheduled food party is going to go down at CounterPULSE on Sunday, October 24th from 2-4pm. Food parties are usually free and always potluck though no one is ever turned away for lack of food. The focus of this food party will be to dialogue about how we can eat home cooked meals more often and what are the factors that support or prevent us from doing so. These food parties are homespun and relaxed so just come as you are but more importantly-COME. I will always be making a dish to share and I’ve been told that my food is kinda good!

CounterPULSE is on Mission and 9th in San Fran.

Eat well,

Amara

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