Bringing Food Revolution Day To CampusMon 13 May 2013
Story by Julie Kang
My name is Julie, and I am currently a sophomore at the Rhode Island School of Design. When I first entered college last year, I was immediately hit with a wave of responsibilities. Just like every other student, I had to clean, set my own alarm clock, budget my allowance, keep up with school work, and, most importantly, maintain my health. At home, eating well was not a problem because cooking was a daily activity. However, this habit was challenged in the dorm environment. The kitchen was communal and certainly less equipped than my own. This was an obstacle that I eventually overcame, as I discovered ways to budget time and money for the sake of my health and happiness. By celebrating Food Revolution Day at RISD, I hope to share this experience with my peers and demonstrate that it is possible to cook delicious food in college.
My First Classroom; my mother’s kitchen
I was inspired by my mother and recognized the value of good food at a young age. After school, I would enter my house and immediately follow the intriguing aroma that was coming from the kitchen. Out of curiosity and fascination, I would stay to watch her cook the night's dinner. This happened quite frequently, and after some time, I became involved in the process.
One day, I asked her how she learned to cook. She replied that she learned by watching her mother, just like me. That's when I realized what makes great food. It's not about formal training or utilizing the most advanced culinary equipment. It's not something that only money can buy. It's about sharing experiences with the people you love. It's a continuum of tradition, culture, and identity. Great food has a profound story to tell, and it brings people together as a result of its honesty.
College Stress Buster
As a part of the RISD community, I would like to share my culinary experience with my peers to encourage them learn how to cook. As creative individuals, we admire the process of making and sharing its success with others. I would like to transform the idea of cooking from being a time-costly burden to an enjoyable activity, as I believe that it alleviates the stress from college life. Rather than going out to restaurants, cooking is also is an affordable way to hang out and meet new friends. For all these reasons, it seems just perfect to celebrate Food Revolution Day at RISD.
RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN FOOD REVOLUTION DAY
It will be an exciting day on May 17th at RISD. The Food Revolution Day events will take place in two of RISD dining services called the Portfolio Café and the Watermark Café.
The earlier part of the day will consist of fun workshops that will teach a variety of skills, from pickling vegetables to wrapping a summer roll. In the evening, the Portfolio will host a potluck dinner. They will prepare a menu that mimics a traditional potluck, but we will also encourage students to cook and share what they have made. After dinner, there will be a screening of “Food Fight”, a documentary that addresses the importance of local, sustainable agriculture. The following Saturday, students will have the opportunity to visit the Hope Farmer's Market to explore what Rhode Island farms have to offer.
Be a Brain Foodie
There exists a preconceived notion of college food as being artificial and unhealthy. On Food Revolution Day, this misconception will be challenged. Good food doesn't need to be expensive or complicated. The tastiest dishes are usually the simplest ones made with the freshest ingredients.
I hope that students become inspired to find creative solutions for cooking in college so they can do what they love to do while eating what they love to eat!
Get involved in Food Revolution Day, this May 17 at www.foodrevolutionday.com
About the Author: I am currently a sophomore majoring in Furniture Design at the Rhode Island School of Design. As a part of the RISD community, I would like to share my culinary experience with my peers to encourage them learn how to cook. Rather than going out to restaurants, cooking is also is an affordable way to hang out and meet new friends. For all these reasons, it seems just perfect to celebrate Food Revolution Day at RISD.
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