As we approach the end of Precipice Fund’s third grant period and get ready to announce our Round 4 grantees on December 13, we’ve been checking in with a few groups from our current round of grantees to see how their projects are progressing. This update comes from The Global Table in May 2016. To learn more about The Global Table, visit their website or download a copy of their recipe book as a PDF.

Photos by Anke Schüttler

Photos by Anke Schüttler

When we create a meal together, we open up a sacred space to connect with others who on the surface might seem very different from ourselves. Through breaking bread together we share our stories, our knowledge, our strengths, our struggles, and our talents. Gathering around the table we lay the foundation for a resilient community.

This project grows from friendship and the recognition of the power of food and community. Our communities are stronger when we can all work together toward a shared goal, but we often lack spaces to meaningfully come together and connect with people who are different from ourselves. A thoughtfully prepared meal and setting can provide that space and invite us to sit down, open up, and learn and share with those around us.

Our hope in curating these dinners is to create and hold space for folks to come together. These dinners invite participants to share our (food) story, find commonalities, and learn across differences. It is a collaborative process and one we hope will continue beyond this series.

The Global Table is a series of four performative, programmed dinners in East Portland created in collaboration with chefs from local cultural communities. Each menu is formed and prepared by two chefs from recipes that are personally and historically significant. Activities throughout the series include ceramic plate glazing, directed conversation, recipe swaps, shared rituals, and the forming of a small publication. The Global Table seeks to create an opportunity for creative practice, dialogue, and community building between groups who may not typically have the opportunity to engage with each other. The project explores familial food narratives as a way to view our own migration stories, celebrate our community’s knowledge, and begin to address larger systems of access in Portland.

The project is a collaboration between Krysta Williams and Amanda Leigh Evans and was presented throughout East Portland, OR in 2016. It was produced with community chefs Farida Hadid, Blanca Hernandez, and Paula Hernandez. Photos by Anke Schüttler.

Photos by Anke Schüttler

Photos by Anke Schüttler

List of Dinners​

April 2

Led by Krysta (California) and Amanda (California)
​​Menu: BBQ lemon pepper chicken, beans from central California, Norwegian lefse, and sides dishes
Activities: Breaking bread & glazing of handmade plates with our food stories
Location: Performance Works NW

April 16

Led by Blanca (El Salvador) and Paula (Oaxaca)
Menu: Tamales, wrapped in hoja de plátano, tacos de barbecoa, and sides
Activities: Sharing recipies & food stories
Location: Zenger Farm

April 30

Led by Farida (Algeria)
Menu: Algerian Arechetta pasta, berber couscous, and side dishes
Activities: Sharing recipies & food stories
Location: APANO Jams

May 14

The Global Table Finale
Led by all chefs
Menu: A tasting menu of items and recipes from the previous three dinners
Activities: Exhibition of plates, live music, recipe demonstrations, sharing stories, and release of recipe book
Location: Zenger Farm

Photos by Anke Schüttler

Precipice Fund is administered with lead support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Calligram Foundation/Allie Furlotti, as part of the Regional Regranting Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.