Season Two 2013: Blank Plate Class Two: Our Roots

I liked the class today. I liked tasting the fruits. I loved the bread with oil and salt. I liked the hot ghost chili. -Dawn, Blank Plate Student

Today we uncovered our roots and explored our taste preferences! We each picked a seasonal root vegetable, buried in a pot of uncooked rice, and had an opportunity to tell one another where we came from, who our family was, what makes us who we are, and some of our favorite food memories from our roots. We learned how unique ingredients, much like unique groups of people, can come together so well to make something really special.

I liked the bread with pumice and salt. -Leo, Blank Plate Student

Then, it was tasting time! We tried so many foods and ingredients, including some of the hottest pepper you could imagine, and had fun watching everyone react in tears! We sampled different kinds of fruits, veggies, herbs, oils, and vinegars, and tried to identify what each thing was (which was difficult!) We all learned a lot and learned about our taste preferences and options in the food we put in our bodies.


Blank Plate

Design. Cook. Transform. Blank Plate Project is a creative culinary “design/cook” program, begun in Hunts Point, South Bronx that sparks community development through a combination of design-led imaginative activities and chef-led demonstrations for weekly community dinners, or culminating in a community event. By learning through a design sensibility, applied personal experiences, and industry-relevant culinary skills, students develop the creative capital, neighborhood stewardship, and food justice advocacy skills necessary for their own success and for the future of their community. Over the course of each Blank Plate workshop, students learn creative culinary skills and plan a final dinner event of their own imagination. Blank Plate is a different kind of cooking class. Together, we design, cook, and transform.