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The Louisville Food System
BY VALERIE MAGNUSON
@ VOL 10
ON FEB 05, 2013
Valerie Magnuson examines the areas of potential growth and opportunity within the Louisville food system -- where food can be grown, who can grow it, and who will eat it as well as the challenges faced in bringing the vision to fruition.
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PKN, the Drink
Over the past six years of PechaKucha Night events, there have been countless stabs at PKN cocktails. James Lane sends us this version he spotted at PKN Sacramento: I'd like to announce that the organizers here in Sacramento, California have designed (and drunk) possibly the first drink called "The Pecha Kucha." We hold our events at a Thai Lounge and the owner designed it for us. I'm not a bartender so I don't know all the ingredients, but it involves lighting Bacardi 151 on fire. I told her that since it was for artistic types it should be inventive and cheap. Do let us know about any PKN-inspired drink you may encounter. Photo: Spacepleb/Flickr.com
Veggie Patch Food Truck
In this presentation, "Veggie Patch Food Truck," Karl Cooney talks about the eco-friendly mobile kitchen he helped produce, and also covers the proper use of food. It was recorded at Sydney's recent PechaKucha Night Vol. 20.
Tokyo Local Food
In today's Presentation of the Day, "Tokyo Local Food" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 89, researchers Jess Mantell, Chris Berthelsen, and Jared Braiterman describe their hunt for green spaces within the urban jungle that is Tokyo. They tag team topics such as gardens within the city, unique methods of food preparation, and the social gatherings surrounding the consumption of food.
Listening to Popcorn
The nefarious, hidden underworld of popcorn is out there; you just have to keep your ears to the ground. Is popcorn just a delicious snack to enjoy or is there some deeper meaning to be discovered? In "Listening to Popcorn" from PKN Sharjah Vol. 4, Rami Salame, an enthusiast for investigation and popcorn, cracks down on the mystery shrouded around popcorn and seeks to uncover the truth of its existence. Listen as he explains his comical deduction of popcorn's unlikely relationship to typewriters and accordions.
Drink Wine, Eat Chocolate
"Getting more pleasure, and enjoying [life] more, together." Good motto. Contemporary Swedish glass designer Åsa Jungnelius is interested in what is considered genuine or fake, and how value is created around an object. In "Drink Wine, Eat Chocolate" from a special Swedish Style x PechaKucha edition of PKN Tokyo (Vol. 66), we see that Åsa often uses stereotypes as a language that informs her design theory, and challenges the conventional meaning of these formulae.
You Can Only Keep What You Have By Giving It Away
"Peace goes into the making of a poem, as flour goes into the making of bread." - Pablo Neruda Baker Graison Gill of Bellegarde Bakery, lends his thoughts about bread and the primitive yet poetic process of making, baking and sharing his art in New Orleans. In "You Can Only Keep What You Have by Giving it Away" from PKN New Orleans Vol. 12 hear Graison go deep on his love for his work.
Here at PechaKucha, November represents a time to start reflecting back on all the creative people and projects that have fed our minds and kept our imaginations healthy.Indeed, it's been a bountiful year, and with over 5000 presentation now online, we couldn't be more grateful for all the creativity that the PechaKucha Global Family has brought to the table. Seems it would be an appropriate time to give thanks by sharing some of the most creatively nourishing presentations from all around the world!So without further ado, in monthly newsletter form, here's a full-course feast of the season's best PechaKuchas!Bon Appétit!
YK Food Matters: A Recap
Another season, another PechaKucha, this one about food. It was appropriate that this event fell during autumn, a time of harvesting and preparing food for the long winter. YK Food Matters was a collaboration between the Yellowknife Farmers Market, the NWT Recreation and Parks Association, and the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. We received support from the GNWT Department of Industry, Tourism, and Investment. The title of the evening’s event, YK Food Matters, was meant to highlight the biological, social, and cultural import of food. Food matters to our health and wellbeing, as individuals and as a community. The title was also a reminder of the environmental, cultural, economic, political, and social aspects of how we gather, produce, process, distribute, consume, and dispose of food, or “food matters.” We used the idea of the food system to organize the evening’s presentations. A food system is the path that food travels from the land to our plates and beyond. It includes the growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, distributing, marketing, consuming, and disposing of food. It also includes the inputs and outputs of each step, including labour, equipment, fuel, and waste. The graphic below is one way to represent a food system. [Graphic Credit: Nourish (www.nourishlife.org).] Food systems, as this image illustrates, are multi-faceted and complex. There is no way we could cover every part of the food system in one night. Rather YK Food Matters was intended as a sampling of different components of the food system, a tapas PechaKucha, so to speak. Shortly after 7, Master of Ceremonies Mark Hyeck introduced the first speaker, Tracey Williams, and we were off! In her presentation entitled “Food Charter and Food Security, Making the Connections,” Tracey introduced the audience to the Yellowknife Food Charter. A food charter is a document developed by community members and endorsed by decision makers that articulates a local vision for a just and sustainable food system. In explaining the origins of Yellowknife’s food charter, Tracey also fleshed out the idea of a food system and food security. In “Decolonizing Consumption,” Peyton Straker described her apprenticeship as a hunter and the lessons she learned as she butchered and shared the meat. She also talked about the different ways in which she uses the animals and plants she harvests: dry fish, moose hides, muskox jewellry, and spruce gum salve, to name just a few. Peyton’s presentation shed light on the harvesting of animals, plants, and medicines as acts of food security and decolonization. If you were at the final Farmers Market in September, you may have picked up some swiss chard or potatoes from the Northern Farm Training Institute’s stall. Based in Hay River, NFTI supports the creation of local agricultural experts through in-depth hands-on learning experiences in “living classrooms.” This evening’s presentation about NFTI was to be delivered by organization president, Jackie Milne. Unfortunately, Jackie was unable to attend. France Benoit kindly stepped in to take her place. Entitled “Restoring Vitality Through Restoration Agriculture,” the NFTI presentation explored how growing plants and raising animals in a good way, or restorative agriculture, can heal people, communities, and the land. Restorative agriculture “produces food that comes from a healthy, diverse, abundant ecosystem.” It is a realistic alternative to the industrial food system that supports food sovereignty and security in the North. The fourth speaker, Maxime Carpentier,was recently hired as the Food Service Manager at Avens. Maxime believes strongly in the importance of good quality food and his commitment is changing how residents at Avens eat. Maxime shared how he is making it a priority to source local food from Great Slave Lake whitefish to Yellowknife-grown tomatos to barrenland caribou. He is also experimenting with different preparations, such as smoking, and new recipes, to ensure that elders receive the food they know and love. Maxime’s presentation, “Little Changes, Better Quality!,” revealed how individuals and organizations can make sourcing decisions, which support local producers and are economically sound, not to mention delicious! The evening continued on the theme of eating well with a presentation by Amy Lam, a lover of cooking and eating and a food photographer. In her presentation, “Northern Fancy Eats,” Amy described her Northern food journey from her earliest impression that Yellowknife was a food desert to her current passion for the rich and diverse food cultures of the NWT capital. Along the way, Amy participated in a NFTI course, tried her hand at growing, worked with the Farmers Market, diversified her cooking repertoire, and took some beautiful photos. Food, to this point in the evening, had been described as sustenance, political, cultural, and pleasureable. The sixth speaker, Dr. Kyla Wright, a naturopathic doctor practicing at Gaia Integrative Clinic, demonstrated how food can also be medicine.Kyla’s presentation, titled “Food as Medicine in the 21st Century,” highlighted some of the problems with the industrial food system, such as the widespread use of sugar and the enormous distances that separate field from plate. The focus, however, was on the delicious and healthy foods that are close at hand for Yellowknife residents from trout to wild rose petals to dandelion root to chaga. In 2014, Yellowknife’s Food Rescue diverted 14,000 kg of food waste, putting it in the hands and bellies of those in need. Grocery stores and mining camps donate items each day that have passed their best before date or are bruised, damaged, or broken. A team of 30-odd volunteers and a part-time paid driver then sort, process, repackage, and redistribute the food to schools and local organizations like the Centre for Northern Families and the Salvation Army. Mona Durkee’s presentation, “Food Waste: From Rejection to 'a Peeling,’” revealed how Food Rescue is transforming the local food system, one bruised banana at a time. The final speaker of the evening was Yellowknife’s Sustainability Coordinator, Chris Vaughn. Chris’ presentation, entitled “Organics Recycling in the North,” shed light on opportunities and challenges related to waste management in the Yellowknife. It also took the audience behind the scenes at the city’s compost facility. A key message from Chris’s presentation was that while waste diversion is important, waste reduction should be our primary goal. In addition to eight amazingly interesting, informative, and funny stories about food in Yellowknife, the event featured a pop-up exhibit about Yellowknife food, past and present. There were photographs from the NWT Archives depicting moose hunts, market gardens, and food waste, as well as displays on northern food models, creative canning, the Yellowknife Food Charter, and local food sourcing at Co-op. Keep an eye out for the fourth and final PechaKucha Night of 2016: #LovetheLand, which will take place on Thursday, December 8. Did you miss YK Food Matters? Don't despair. We recorded the presentations. They are available here.
The Positive Food Dream: Now a Reality
Giulio Sturla, a chef of Roots Restaurant, in Lyttelton, New Zealand, talks about the connection between nature and food. By understanding nature better, people will get a greater understand and appreciation for food.
Why I Love Photographing Food
In honor of World Food Day: "It's art on a plate... it's a different art form." In "Why I Love Photographing Food" from PechaKucha Night Christchurch Vol. 25, Food photographer Meredith Dyer explains why she loves photographing food in ten reasons. Spoiler alert, some of the most exciting parts are the people!