Curated by Stacey Tran, organized by Spencer Byrne-Seres

Tender Table is a series of stories about food, family, and identity told by femmes of color and nonbinary people of color. For each event, storytellers prepare a dish connected to the experiences they’ve shared. Audiences are invited to listen generously, spend time communally, and sample the food.

Stacey Tran is a writer from Portland, OR currently based in Providence, RI. She is the creator of Tender Table, a storytelling series about food, family, identity. Her writing can be found in BOMB Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, and diaCRITICS. She is the author of Soap for the Dogs (Gramma, 2018).

Salimatu Amabebe is a visual artist and vegan chef based in Portland, Oregon. Amabebe runs the food and event company, Bliss House, hosts weekly Vegan Nigerian Pop-Up Dinners, and is the creator of Black Feast – a monthly vegan pop-up that celebrates black artists and writers through food. Amabebe is also the co-founder and artistic director of Kirí Collective – an artist collective that holds events and exhibitions centering people of color and their work. Amabebe’s work focuses on the intersection of food and art, drawing from family memories, recipes, and the exploration of the body as a means of both artistic expression and consumption.

Laura Tran is from NYC, born and raised by Vietnamese refugees. She co-owns and manages XLB, a Chinese restaurant in Portland. She received her BS in Women & Gender Studies from University of Oregon. Along with her partner, she co-directs Meadow, a creative space for women, lgbtqia+, gender non-conforming, and/or POC artists & writers. She supports diverse expressions of creativity and discovered her own in the kitchen. You can visit her at

Run time: 90 min.