Cultural Food Traditions Dinner: Nov 5 in Fruitvale

Photos courtesy of Midsummer Kitchen


Join Slow Food East Bay for a dinner at Korner Kitchen with Cleodia and Ryan Martinez of catering company Midsummer Kitchen. The two chefs are dedicated to flipping the narrative on Filipino cuisine away from the stereotypical pork-filled and fried dishes toward beautiful and delicious plant-based dishes. They’ll be using recipes from Ay Sus! Whole Food Plant-Based Filipino Cuisine, a cookbook Cleodia created to share the very recipes she and Ryan made for their family at home. Her intention is to bridge well-loved Filipino flavors with food ingredients that help support the health of those who seek it without losing out on culture.

Discussion at the dinner will be moderated by Yana Gilbuena, chef and storyteller at Salo Series. They’ll discuss the influences on Filipino food from migrant and colonizer cuisines (Spanish, American, and Chinese among them) and explore how the foodways are changing due to both the rising oceans and stronger storms of climate change and economic and political hardships forcing migration.

Slow Food East Bay’s partner nonprofit for the evening’s donation is Sama Sama Cooperative, an East Bay nonprofit focused on activating Filipinx youth and families through a summer camp including Tagalog language immersion, indigenous music, dance, and exploration of their ecological heritage.

Philippines: Celebrating Cultural Food Traditions with Slow Food East Bay
Sunday, November 5, 5–8pm
Korner Oakland in Fruitvale

Tickets are $45 to $90 (sliding scale) for the full meal and drinks. And as always, if the fee is a barrier, don’t hesitate to reach out. This table has room for everyone. Slow Food East Bay values all voices and perspectives and wants to ensure the event represents all the diversity of the Bay. Reserve your spots Now!