Food studies students work with international chefs to expand cultural competencies, give back to local community

Falk College food studies students, led by assistant professor Evan Weissman, recently hosted chefs from Burma, Eritrea, Japan, South Sudan, and Somalia in the Falk College teaching kitchens in preparation for a recent My Lucky Tummy community dinner, which celebrates the local refugee and new American communities in Syracuse through food. Falk food studies students volunteered in advance of the community dinner, and at the event, working alongside the chefs, who are now local to the Syracuse area, to support their needs. “Food provides a really important vehicle to learn about other cultures,” says Weissman. My Lucky Tummy was started in April 2013 by Adam Sudmann who joined forces with members of the local refugee community to showcase homestyle cooking from around the world. Through his leadership work with Syracuse Grows, a grassroots coalition of individuals, gardens, and community collaborators working to cultivate a just foodscape in the City of Syracuse, Weissman and Sudmann have worked closely on numerous community initiatives. Sudmann has been a featured guest lecture in several food studies courses this semester. Falk College offers a major and minor in food studies.