When we talk about food, we’re talking about culture, whether the topic is bouillabaisse, tandoori chicken, or macaroni and cheese; even the lowliest dish can illuminate a larger truth about humanity.
--Adrienne Su, poet
Exciting guest speakers will address the business end of food blogging, restaurant reviewing, opening an eatery and food as performance:
Virginia Miller, who just became the SF/Bay Area Editor for Zagat, will stop by to share her amazing journey from starting her blog, The Perfect Spot…Your San Francisco Revealed (named Best Blog for Travelers by The Guardian), as a hobby during her day job, to freelancing for Spoonwiz, to becoming a full-time food and drink writer and editor, writing three articles a day and attending 5 to 6 major restaurant openings a week!
Lunch will be provided by award-winning director, writer, creative consultant & restauranteur Ellen Sebastian Chang, known for her work with Whoopi Goldberg and Amara Tabor Smith, among others, and for the live cooking play “Your Place Is No Longer With Us.” Ms Chang will give a lesson in food as performance and provide a vegetarian lunch designed for us from the restaurant she co-owns with her husband, Meetup favorite FuxeBOX, which was funded via Kickstarter and serves soul/Seoul food in the industrial heart of West Oakland.
Workshop Description: Food writing has changed to meet our increasingly sophisticated palates: cookbooks blending recipes, family stories, photographs and cultural history; food adventure travelogues; memoirs that use a particular food as the organizing principle; micro-histories investigating the history of foods with the power to start wars. As Proust’s famous madeleine illustrates, much of our emotional memory is held captive in the senses.
This one-day intensive at the famed San Francisco Writers Grotto will use exercises and short readings to access body memory and pull story ideas and texture from our eating and cooking experiences. Writers of all genres interested in exploring the sensory and cultural potential of food in their writing are welcome.
Workshop Fee: $100.00, includes lunch. Spot reserved with non-refundable $50 deposit.
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Instructor Bio: Faith Adiele is author of the award-winning memoir Meeting Faith; writer/narrator/subject of a PBS documentary about her international family; and editor of Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology. Her food writing has appeared in Women Who Eat: A New Generation on the Glory of Food, Her Fork in the Road: Women Celebrate Travel & Food, and Go Girl! The Black Woman’s Book of Travel & Adventure.
Selected by Marie Claire Magazine as “One of 5 Women to Learn From,” Faith has taught around the globe, including a popular weeklong version of this course, complete with final feast, at the IOWA SUMMER WRITING FESTIVAL, and an intensive daylong at the UBUD WRITERS & READERS FESTIVAL in Bali, Indonesia. Most recently she collaborated with Chef Peter Jackson of Canvas Underground and Boucherie Cured Meats for a night of food and storytelling at Feast of Words, SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco.