RCEDC appreciates the diversity of the communities it serves and the staff it employs. We were happy when our staff member, Akayna Morrison, suggested we celebrate Black History Month by celebrating our staff cultures through food.
Food is a way to connect to our heritage and to our own cultural identity, whether that means making tamales for Christmas dinner or your family gathering for a Sunday dinner.
It doesn’t matter what your culture is, everyone eats. Throughout the world, our food choices vary, but the connection we have to food and the act of gathering together is something to which we can all relate.
Highlighted below are some of the different cultures inside our company.
“I celebrate my culture through food mostly during the holidays! At Christmas time it is traditional to gather the family and create an assembly line of production for Costa Rican tamales. These tamales differ from some cultures because they are wrapped in banana leaves. The process is fun and a way to gather and create something together. Luckily I am married to a Greek so I get to celebrate Mediterranean cuisine often. The typical Orthodox Easter requires a rotisserie lamb in the backyard and of course homemade Baklava!”
“I celebrate my culture through food by supporting local Jamaican and soul food restaurants. I am a first- generation Jamaican-American, comfort food for me is a plate of brown stew chicken with rice and peas. My dad always taught me that staying true to my roots is crucial. Therefore, I am always trying to recreate family recipes! My best memories are when I would help my grandma in the kitchen or when my whole family gets together for a Sunday dinner.”
“As a first generation immigrant, I aim to celebrate my culture and foods with family and friends. Coming from one melting pot (Israel) to another (USA) leaves me with a never ending palette of flavors and scents that I try to make my own. As the late Anthony Bourdain so eloquently said: “You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.”
As we honor our past with stories and literature, let us preserve our food cultures with the memories they evoke and the recipes that bring them back to life.
“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” – James Beard