The next Feast will be Sunday September 22,
4–8pm at Make Shift Boston.

The last Feast was on the lovely spring night of May 4, 2013 at Make Shift Boston. We awarded $950 to Kristin DelViscio for the
Community Mural on Somerville's first Urban Farm.

Support NCAA Net Works: Buy A Book!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | Posted by Alex

Support another Feast Mass family member! Learn to craft hand-made basketball nets for empty hoops in your neighborhood.

Two years ago, the NCAA circulated a world-wide call for submissions designed by Golden Arrows. Artists/designers/everyone were asked to create original basketball net designs and to record their corresponding patterns and/or instructions so that participants might recreate these nets. As interest gained and submissions rolled in, a team of Boston contributors developed into a devoted collective including Taylor McVay, Andrea Sherrill Evans, Samantha Fields, Cara Kuball, Mallory Biggins, and Lizzie Curran. Together, they developed the vision and purpose of a book project and the elements it would need to expand the reach and accessibility of Net Works while also responding to many prior requests for help building new nets.


Fresh Food Generation Needs Your Support

| Posted by Alex
Fresh Food Generation won a Feast grant in fall 2012, pitching inside the Food Project greenhouse, to a lovely audience of farmers, eaters, youth, adults, Upham's Corner neighbors and Feast-goers from all over the city. If you were there at the Public Kitchen edition of Feast, you remember what a solid selection of projects were in the mix that night. They all deserved to win, but Cassandria & Jackson were the ones who the audience chose to take home $1500 to start their healthy, farm-to-plate food truck. With the microgrant, they set up their website freshfoodgeneration.org, and made a Kickstarter video to take Fresh Food Generation to the next chapter: buying a truck.

This is where they need your support again. Check out the information on Kickstarter, and consider helping them make this important project happen. In their own words:

We want to improve access to healthy, affordable, cooked foods in low-income neighborhoods. This year we are launching a food truck that will serve on-the-go meals made with ingredients sourced from local farms. The truck will target neighborhoods in the Greater Boston Area with limited access to high quality foods and with high rates of diabetes and obesity.

We are committed to hiring young adults in the communities we serve to help operate the truck and lead food education marketing campaigns.

Accessing healthy, affordable foods in low-income neighborhoods can be difficult. Years of economic disinvestment, followed by the unwillingness of supermarkets to locate in these areas, have made the availability of quality foods limited. Corner stores, fast food chains and pizza joints have become the most widely available food options. It’s therefore no surprise that obesity and diabetes disproportionately affect residents of low-income urban neighborhoods.

Our menu is inspired by Boston's ethnically and racially diverse neighborhoods. We offer a global menu made with ingredients sourced from local farms and businesses. Our food can be found on the streets of cities around the world. They include Mediterranean Kofta, Jamaican Jerk Barbecue Pork, Dal Curry Vegetables, Mexican Black Bean Salad, and Kale Caesar Salad. We will make all of our garnishes, sauces and dressings in house, using the freshest ingredients. We will also offer seasonal chopped salads made daily with fresh vegetables. We strive to source our meats locally when practical and feasible.

The other night, we got a preview of their menu, designed by the talented Nadine Nelson. Trust us, you're going to want this food, especially the kale caesar salad.


Relish Is Open

| Posted by Alex

Relish pitched at Feast last May. Now they're open in Union Square in Somerville. Congrats to them! Stop by for a visit or check them out online: http://relishurbanag.com.

The Tenth Feast

Monday, September 30, 2013 | Posted by Alex

Thanks to David Goligorsky for capturing the memories.

Menu: September 22, 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013 | Posted by Alex
Salad: dark star watermelon, arugula, sheep's milk feta, red onion, balsamic vinegar, olive oil

Sunflower seeds

Noodle bowls: fresh rice/wheat noodles, lacinato kale, carrots, beets, cilantro, Sriracha + broth: mushrooms, vegetables, star anise, fennel, cardamom, cloves, ginger, sesame oil

Black pepper tofu

Lemon verbena + ginger drink

Cape Ann Brewing
Imperial Pumpkin Stout
Fisherman's Brew Double Bock
Fisherman's Brew Saison

Grapefruit, Campari, Calaminth
Balsamic, Beach Rose, Fig, Scotch
Burnt Lemon, Watermelon, Thyme, Vodka
Tomato, Gin, Holy Basil

Major thanks to our talented chefs, Aya Maruyama & Liam Van Vleet; to Josh Lewin and crew for the delicious, boozy popsicles; to all the willing hands who helped out in the kitchen and on the floor; and to our purveyors: Red Fire Farms, Formaggio, Farmers To You, Chang Shing Tofu Factory, Sun Hing Noodles, and Cape Ann Brewing

Telephone Pictionary

| Posted by Alex
At September's Feast, we invited guests to play one of our favorite games, Telephone Pictionary. Nerissa started it off with "Pizza Smootie" and the Feast diners took it from there. Here's what they made.

? ? ?

Thanks & Congrats!

Monday, September 23, 2013 | Posted by Alex

Big thanks to everyone who came out to the tenth Feast Mass yesterday! It was a beautiful sunny fall party, and we couldn't have done it without all of you.

Congratulations to the Big and Little Sisters at Gathering for Girls for winning the crowd and taking home $1000 in cash! We'll be posting theirs and all the other proposals soon.

Not only that, but we'll post the menu (and maybe even recipes), photos, the results of Telephone Pictionary, and your stories and shout-outs from Turnip the Dial, the Feast Mass podcas'.

—Alex & Nerissa

PROPOSAL: B.I.R.D. Street: Building Individuals, Reconstructing Dorchester

Sunday, September 22, 2013 | Posted by Alex
JayPix Belmer

Describe your project.
B.I.R.D. Street is a touring photographic exhibition, whose purpose is to expose local unconsidered and undiscovered people in Boston. The mission is to get the word out, share the connection, and introduce residents to the other kinds of people who exist in their neighborhood.

During this 3-neighborhood tour, we will invite undiscovered individuals to tell their stories and make a connection. I am a community leader motivated to capture images of people and places that are undiscovered by most, and that go unnoticed in day-to-day life. During the changes and transitions in our neighborhoods, I will serve as a photographer and resource to enhance and connect various communities. I am here to shine a light on the people of this city, and to convince people to get involved by seeing themselves in the community. I want to capture who you are and what you’re all about though my photographic work. This tour is part of a larger project called B.I.R.D. Street (Building Individuals, Reconstructing Dorchester).

How will you use the grant to make your idea happen?
This grant will allow me to prepare for the exhibition. I also plan to get outside help for promotion and space for the tour through 3 neighborhoods and an accompanying social event.

A printed hardcover book called Bird Street will be at each show on the tour to inspire more conversation about changes in the community and the people and places that make community valuable.

Why and to whom is your project important?
The people, streets and values of Dorchester are continuously changing. My goal is to create a visual record of people, places and things that are important and that bring value to our community. I want to motivate. By showing my work, I will create a visual demonstration that inspires folks to learn more about the people, streets and values of the community we live in. I am currently engaged in documenting and updating the work of Eugene Richards, a respected documentary photographer from Dorchester, whose book Dorchester Days was published in 1972. Richards’ collection showed the hardships of the city, both political and personal, up until that time. The “B.I.R.D Street” portrait series shows the vibrancy of the people, the places, and the greatness of the city today.

PROPOSAL: Reinvigorating The Present Tense!

| Posted by Alex
Sandrine Schaefer & Philip Fryer

Describe your project.
The Present Tense is a live art initiative that acts as an evolving historical document for performance art. Since 2004, the Present Tense has been active in organizing live events and exchanges, documenting live work and hosting an online archive of videos, photos and writing.

Celebrating our 10-year birthday in 2014, we will be overhauling our web-based archive to become a leading portal into discourse around contemporary experimental art practices. In addition to making the web archive easier to navigate, we will feature guest writers, offer a new Online Residency Program, bring the anticipated Dream Festival to life, and introduce a new Workshop and Discourse series. Members of Boston’s vibrant art community and international artists traveling through Boston will teach workshops. The Workshop and Discourse Series will tackle complex issues presented when working in this medium and will be made accessible to artists at various stages in their careers.

How will you use the grant to make your idea happen?
The Present Tense has been primarily funded out of pocket. Our plans for the next year, however, are impossible without funding. Funds would be used for the following:
  • Web design
  • Artist/curatorial fees
  • Stipends for contributing writers
  • Stipends for panelists
  • Space rental
  • Promotion materials
Why and to whom is your project important?
As Performance Art gains support and popularity throughout The United States, it is crucial for Boston-based initiatives like The Present Tense to be part of national and international discourse. It is crucial for us to continue to support the legacy of experiential art that exists in Boston. This project is important to all who are impacted by the creative climate of Boston and its international networks.

PROPOSAL: ESL: English as a Subsistence Language

| Posted by Alex
Sarah Cadorette

Describe your project.
This isn’t your typical ESL (English as a Second Language) class. Over the course of 2 “semesters” (October–December and January–March), Iwill run an ESL class that meets once a week for 3 hours, during which time students will learn necessary English skills alongside gardening skills and vocabulary for our New England produce and how to prepare it. Many ESL learners don’t have the words to describe food, or any familiarity with the food grown in our climate, and so don’t know how to grocery shop or read a nutrition label. Students will not only receive English lessons, but lessons in gardening in Cambridge’s climate and a CSA share, with instruction on how to prepare the produce.
The class will be capped at 10 students to provide maximum one-on-one tutoring and subsidization of their CSA shares.

How will you use the grant to make your idea happen?
In partnership with Stone Soup Farm, we will provide subsidized CSA shares to all of the students. Shares for the winter season, which extend over 28 weeks and provide enough fresh produce for an entire family, cost $400. All of this grant and any other grants received (I’m planning for another $1,000 grant) will go towards subsidizing the students shares. With $2,000, we can cover half of the cost ($200) for 10 students, and they will provide the rest.

Space will be provided free-of-charge by the Democracy Center in Cambridge. English instruction will be provided free-of-charge by myself and volunteers from Harvard University, and volunteers from Stone Soup Farm will provide free instruction on gardening.

Why and to whom is your project important?
Immigrants are highly at risk for living in food deserts in the greater Boston area. While teaching ESL in one such low-income and low-access area in Dorchester, I realized that it wasn’t lack of interest in healthy eating and home cooking, it was lack of access and knowledge of how to prepare New England’s produce. My students were often forced to eat heavily processed food because it was the most easily available to them.

Free ESL classes in the greater Boston area are difficult to find, and often difficult to access for immigrants who use public transportation and/or work during the week. This location is easily accessible by T, and the classes will be held on the weekend to accommodate working schedules.