Saturday, July 26, Tamejavi Cultural Organizing Fellowship Program (TCOFP) Fellows, Learning Groups, and Coordinating Group Members will travel to Atwater, CA (Merced County) to visit Dolly Solomon. Dolly will host the Cultural Kitchen “Taste of India” that will highlight the culinary arts of the Punjabi region of India. This cultural exchange will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Atwater United Methodist Church 2550 Linden St. Atwater, CA 95301At the Taste of India Cultural Kitchen TCOFP community will share information about their cultural practices and values with the aim of reaching better understanding and respect for differences. We hope the experience of this exchange to create a two-way flow of “intercultural” knowledge and self-reflectivity. We believe that when we learn about other cultures and its unique facets, it encourages us to go learn and find out more about our own.
In our cultural organizing work Cultural kitchens have demonstrated to be a powerful strategy for engaging communities in meaningful dialogues and for building intercultural relations and understanding – something very much needed in a culturally diverse society such as the Central Valley. As one of the most important nourishments of human life, food has the amazing power to bringing people together in a safe and confortable space–the Kitchen! Food not only nourishes our bodies but also our soul and minds. The kitchen is a space where knowledge is transmitted, in the kitchen we not only learn ways of cooking, preparing, and serving food but also about the role food plays in social and cultural rituals of life such as: birthdays, weddings, welcoming’s, funerals and much more.
The kitchen is an intimate space where families engage in difficult conversation but also feel safe and free to discuss and express their views on social and political matters. We hope TCOFP family will recreate this experience at the Taste of India Cultural Kitchen.
Photos by Eduardo Stanley