Root Cellar

sarah wolbert
by sarah wolbert | Apr 04, 2013
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With the help of other key folks, I will organize a cross-cultural kitchen where food preparation, preservation, production, and placement are celebrated as a community effort. For instance, Hmong producers and local parents can meet to share recipes and techniques for encouraging kids to have veggie-centric diets. BBQ chefs and event coordinators can share tips on pig roasts ~ what works, what doesn't. This builds on the local food movement, alternative education, indelible skills, and networking initiatives. By accepting a wide range of topics, we can celebrate many types of knowledge and allow for cross-pollination of the diverse cultures that live and work in St. Paul. Did you know that bitter melon can help reduce the onset of diabetes? What other niche products have great health benefits that can lighten these burdens on our everyday lives?

Let's all sit down, shell some peas, enjoy a glass of sun tea, and talk about these things. Right now this happens within our families, professional networks, and social groups. The ROOT CELLAR will diversify how and why we come into contact with other types of folks, allowing for us to share what keeps us anchored and healthy in our daily lives. Feeding and appreciating our individual roots will also help us grow strong enough to be comfortable with branching out.

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Root Cellar

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

With the help of other key folks, I will organize a cross-cultural kitchen where food preparation, preservation, production, and placement are celebrated as a community effort. For instance, Hmong producers and local parents can meet to share recipes and techniques for encouraging kids to have veggie-centric diets. BBQ chefs and event coordinators can share tips on pig roasts ~ what works, what doesn't. This builds on the local food movement, alternative education, indelible skills, and networking initiatives. By accepting a wide range of topics, we can celebrate many types of knowledge and allow for cross-pollination of the diverse cultures that live and work in St. Paul. Did you know that bitter melon can help reduce the onset of diabetes? What other niche products have great health benefits that can lighten these burdens on our everyday lives?
Let's all sit down, shell some peas, enjoy a glass of sun tea, and talk about these things. Right now this happens within our families, professional networks, and social groups. The ROOT CELLAR will diversify how and why we come into contact with other types of folks, allowing for us to share what keeps us anchored and healthy in our daily lives. Feeding and appreciating our individual roots will also help us grow strong enough to be comfortable with branching out.

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Many other initiatives have a "target group" that sets boundaries of who can participate. Guidlelines for the ROOT CELLAR are not prescriptive, but rather performance-based. For instance, how many cultural connections can we create, and what impact does that have on the lifestyles of those involved? Food is quickly becoming a focus of many explorative art initatives, and it is essential to us all. Can an environment of choice and non-judgmental ~ albeit somewhat curated ~ presentation of cultural information have a positive impact on our meals and subsequent health?

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

St Paul has amazing diversity, but it seems sequestered in certain neighborhoods. This brings many different types of people together over not just food consumption, but preservation. It may seem mundane, but these tasks offer great opportunity for conversation; sharing those things that are best mulled over while doing a repetitive task. It may not seem glamorous, but it can be made fun, engaging, and ~ quite simply ~ health equals wealth. The actual organization and performance can be such to celebrate many cultural aspects of participants.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

This idea is both simple and layered ~ like a great recipe! The ROOT CELLAR offers a place and a framework for how folks can connect around food in a new format. By celebrating skills of many types of people from many walks of life it creates a cross-cultural intergenerational cafeteria of good food. This is the foundation for starting conversations about kid-safe preparation tips, buying local, and quick healthy meals. It is essentially a family dinner for an entire city, expanding and deepening the new family-type relationships we make with our neighbors, classmates, and commuting buddies.

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