Eaters Discuss Traditional Foods and Produce Swaps

Long Beach Eaters gathered for a garden potluck at Foodscape Long Beach’s Chestnut Lot. Participants shared their opinions and homegrown garden fresh greens.

Our Special Guest, Griselda Suárez from Sliced N’ Diced Eatery, impressed us with her restaurant’s devotion to her and her partners’ grandmothers’ recipes and ways of cooking authentic and indigenous Mexican food.

After hearing from Griselda, the group passionately discussed the desire to identify “Food Points of Interest” in Long Beach where historical, traditional and cultural food experiences and processes are highlighted both with a guide and some sort of demarcation in the real world.

We also talked about other ways of sharing cultural and traditional foods including partnering with the Long Beach Time Exchange and Long Beach Museum of Art respective cultural dinner series’, collecting recipes for a cookbook and kitchen staging. Finally, even “beyond eating”  ways of sharing traditional foods perspectives were brought up  like slam poetry, film showings and art shows.

In addition to the excitement over sharing our unique food traditions, the group talked about actually sharing food too. Cindy Goss would like to reinitiate the “Produce Swap” or see many “produce swaps,” an event where neighbors/friends gather to trade fruits and vegetables (usually grown by them or another neighbor).

Cindy shared the idea to have the Produce Swap at Bixby Park during the Farmer’s Market but Ryan Serrano from Foodscape and Permaculture enthusiast, Rick Berry, suggested Drake Park. The group then discussed the option of multiple swaps in each neighborhood.

We decided to work together on templating the event and using So Cal Harvest, the Neighborhood Food Party and Welcome Box to distribute infromation about how to host a produce swap in your neighborhood.


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