Decolonizing our Diets: De-processing SPAM

Returning to our Roots Monthly Dinner Series

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ROOTs Café, 2239 N School Street
Dinner available for donation $10
Served from 5:30 – 6:30
All proceeds go to support the garden at Ho`oulu `Aina

Presentation and enlightened discussion to start at 6:30 pm.

RSVP required:
SPAM, we love you. So crispy, salty, fatty, delicious with eggs, with green beans, in musubi. You remind us of growing up. You remind us of our grandmothers. But SPAM, do you love us too? As we continue our journeys to decolonize the diets of ourselves and our families, we have to struggle with difficult questions: what do we do when a food that holds such an honored place in our homes is also bad for our bodies, bad for the bodies of those who labor to produce it, and bad for our work to reclaim healthy food systems? Can we “de-process” SPAM in creative ways that can truly make this food a part of a healthy community? Laugh and cry with us as we share poetry, historical research, family stories, and reflections on our quest to create home-made SPAM from local ingredients . This dinner will feature homemade SPAM (both pork and maybe vegan…we are going to try) and we are looking for a few volunteers to help us make it! Looking for volunteers in the kitchen on Monday, August 18 from 1-6 pm and August 19 from 3 -6 pm. Please let us know if you can help with food prep.

Featuring Aiko Yamashiro, Kelsey Amos, Craig Perez and students from Farrington HS

We were sold out last month, so please RSVP early if you know you will be coming.