Join MOFAD x Body Politic for a panel discussion interrogating the connection between food and self-care. We’ll be exploring community-building and nourishment, and examining how the concept of “wellness” intersects with food. We’ll discuss why wellness language is often used to police the way women, queer folks, and other marginalized populations engage with food; how we can reconcile interests in food and self-care with the urgent need to dismantle diet culture and prescriptive wellness; and the barriers the food and wellness industries face toward inclusivity and accessibility.
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ANNOUNCING OUR PANELISTS…
Liz Alpern is the creator of Queer Soup Night, a global event series highlighting the talent of queer chefs and raising funds for locally-based social justice organizations. She is co-author of The Gefilte Manifesto: New Recipes for Old World Jewish Foods(Flatiron Books, 2016) and co-owner of The Gefilteria, a food venture that’s been reimagining Old World Jewish Foods since 2012. Liz received her MBA from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business and is on the faculty of the International Culinary Center's Entrepreneurship program. Her passion for food extends to the world of food systems, and she serves a consultant for national non-profit organization, Fair Food Network. Liz has been featured on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List and was selected for The Cherry Bombe 100 in 2018.
Gabriela Álvarez is a chef and entrepreneur. Her work around food justice and wellness began while she was a student of Community Health at Brown University. She went on to study the culinary and healing arts at the Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC. Gabriela cooks in spaces of self-determination, healing, community celebration, and cultural preservation. Her menus and projects reflect her own identity as a DiaspoRican and the communities with whom she collaborates. In 2014 Gabriela founded Liberation Cuisine with the intention of nourishing movements for social change with sustainable ingredients and practices.
Ora Wise is a chef and consultant whose work centers food justice and community empowerment. She consults with food businesses and nonprofits looking to both talk the talk, and walk the walk— developing programs, projects and systems based on equity, sustainability and solidarity. Her work includes founding The Dream Cafe, an experimental pop-up restaurant in collaboration with chefs and farmers of color in Detroit; producing the I Collective’s first Thanksgiving pop up which offered an alternative narrative focused on the resilience, history, and foods of indigenous peoples; serving on the board of El Departamento de la Comida, working to rebuild Puerto Rico’s local food system sustainably; and serving as Culinary Curator of Queer Anga, a queer & trans wellness collective. Ora’s work is grounded in the belief that investing in community controlled and regenerative food systems strengthens liberation movements.
We’re so excited to announce that Woldy Reyes will be performing a cooking demo at the beginning of our BODY CARE event, and providing tastings for all our guests!