Howdy Howdy Tater Tots!
I’m giving a talk on July 23rd at the Green Planet Grocery location in Fairmount. I’ve given a number of talks at GPG, but it’s been a looooong while, and I’m very excited excited to be back. They’ve put together a great event of locally sourced samples. So you’ll be able to get some snacks from some of your favorite local producers like Better Brittle, Primo & Mary’s Salsa, Hunka Foods, 2 Kids Goat Farm, Avocadough, and more! And as always, as part of the Wednesday Night Speaker Series, you’ll get 10% off of your purchases. Samples and discounts! Get into it!!
So, what exactly, am I going to be talking about? Well, I’m going to be trying out some new material. The rough title of the talk is “The Impacts of Immigrant Food Cultures on CNYfood”. This is not going to be a talk about the politics of immigration. If that’s something you’re interested in talking about, I see plenty of lively conversations on the topic in the comment feeds of various news sites. Knock yourself out.
What we are going to talk about is how New Americans have impacted the food culture of Central New York through the years (think Italian-Americans giving us Utica greens and spiedies or Irish-Americans giving us salt potatoes), what groups of people are moving to CNY now, what they’re eating, and where you can eat it, and the future impacts on CNYfood. What’s the next salt potatoes? Pho with a twist of Italian wedding soup? Will Iraqi Sammon bread be the next stretch bread? That sort of thing.
For the first time in 60 years CNY has seen slight population growth, in part because of the number of people moving here from around the world. Immigrant food is a big part of CNYfood’s past, and am even bigger part of it’s future. The sooner we start talking about these foods, the sooner New Americans can feel at home here and start to let their culture take hold
The event is from 6-8, and my talk will begin around 7:00. Hope to see you there!