If you feed them, they will come. Any college administrator can tell you this revision of the phrase made popular by the 1989 film, Field of Dreams, is the key to a successful event. With that in mind, Feet in 2 Worlds (Fi2W), the nonprofit resource for immigrant journalists, is kicking off this school year right. The Center for New York City Affairs affiliate organization invites you to “Coming to the Table: Immigrant Women and Food,” a delectable tasting and panel discussion taking place on Tuesday, August 26, at 6:00 p.m. in the Theresa Lang Center. The event highlights the latest issue of the Fi2W magazine, which centers on immigrant women’s use of food to maintain their communities. The issue will be available on Monday, August 25.
John Rudolph, a lecturer with the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, started Feet in 2 Worlds in 2004 to help fill the gap between the mainstream media and immigrant communities. A decade later, the project has grown to include a blog, a podcast, a fellowship program, and most recently, the magazine. Rudolph spoke passionately about the theme for next week’s event. “Women play such a central role in so many immigrant communities, maintaining culture through food, he says. “They support their families and take on entrepreneurship roles from street vendors to corporate managers.”
Attendees will be able to sample food from Haiti, Bangladesh, Jordan, and more before listening to a lively panel discussion. The panelists include chef and owner of Fleurimond Catering, Nadage Fleurimond; cookbook author, Grace Young; The League of Kitchens’ Jessica Chakraborty; and restaurateur, Barbara Sibley. Von Diaz, journalist and food writer, will moderate the discussion. Both Fleurimond and Diaz are former Feet in 2 Worlds participants. “We like to keep it in the family,” Rudolph jested.
Admission to “Coming to the Table” is free, but is sold out. The event will be live-streamed for those unable to attend. For more information and a taste of previous food-related content, check out the Feet in 2 Worlds blog and follow #foodin2worlds on Twitter.