The Welcoming Table

A major way to break down racial and cultural barrier is through exploring new foods and sharing a meal. Celebrating the rich and delicious diversity of the world’s foodways and culinary traditions; and include personal reflections, anecdotes, and commentary will be featured. Recipes and eating traditions are included.
August 9th, 2010
Written by Rita Cook in The Welcoming Table with 0 Comments
When I first visited France and heard we were going truffle hunting, I mistakenly thought, like many people, about chocolate truffles. Who hasn’t heard of chocolate truffles? In France, that’s blasphemy since everyone knows the French truffle has nothing to do with chocolate, and everything to do with fine dining ala the elusive mushroom. In fact, truffles are a type of subterranean mushroom that...
July 30th, 2010
Written by Eileen Hodges in The Welcoming Table with 0 Comments
detail of a chair
I didn’t expect to dine with strangers. The restaurant where it happened has the best desserts in town as well as terrific southern food. The crab cakes are spicy, and I love this weird booth right in the center of the restaurant. There is a common column and then four tables around it with an upholstered bench, then four sets of chairs. No one at any of the tables can see each other, which was...
July 15th, 2010
Written by Zain Deane in The Welcoming Table with 0 Comments
vegetables and cooking oil
Food isn’t what people typically picture when they think of the Caribbean. But in Puerto Rico, where a storied history and rich culture come together to bring a unique taste of the tropics, Caribbean cuisine — called comida criolla by the locals — is all that’s on the mind, and mouth.The evolution of Puerto Rican cuisine traces back through history, and celebrates its heritage with an...
July 7th, 2010
Written by Randi McCreary in The Welcoming Table with 0 Comments
Many would argue that the best dishes are those prepared with love and simplicity. These same principals are a reflection of the historic culture and humble way of life practiced by the Inuit. A beautiful people that truly embrace the practicality of living off the land; the Inuit have a history of relying on regional plant and animal life to flourish and prosper.Traditional culinary practices...
June 8th, 2010
Written by Kari Cobham in The Welcoming Table with 0 Comments
the author stirring a pot atop an oven
“What I want to know,” he says, “is how you stay so skinny with all this good food at your fingertips?” “A fast metabolism,” I reply. Less than 30 minutes have passed since my friend and culinary adventurer, Justin Yurkanin, showed up on this weekday evening with a cool bottle of wine, a distinct air of nervous readiness, and a keen ear for the reggae and soca I’d purposely put on rotation. My...


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