FoodSpark: Creative SoapBox Potluck Melds Food and Creative Action

By Heather Riske
In Food

Food isn’t the only thing that will be exchanged at the dinner table at the first city-wide FoodSpark: Creative SoapBox dinner party on Sunday, July 20 from 6 to 8pm at the Pulitzer Art Foundation’s PXSTL Lot. The event aims to challenge the St. Louis community to generate ideas that bring local, social challenges to the forefront of creative expression.

FoodSpark: Creative SoapBox is a collaboration by Aaron McMullin, De Andrea Nichols and Emily Bornstein—three participants of the Mind the Gap arts conference organized in February 2014 by the Regional Arts Commission.

Kitchen Kulture serves prepared food from their new cart. Photo by Jarred Gastreich

Kitchen Kulture serves prepared food from their new cart. Photo by Jarred Gastreich

It’s the first in a series of monthly, potluck-style dinner parties geared at turning strangers into friends and exchanging ideas on local social challenges—all over food.

Each participant is challenged to create a dish inspired by the event’s theme. EarthDance Farms, Kitchen Kulture and MOFU Tofu have also been invited to cater and donate staple food items for the event. Some of their offerings include homemade, organic, raw honey apple cider lemonade, vegetable medley cajun stir-fry, sorbet and chicken-fried MOFU biscuits with roasted garlic chili aioli and fermented rhubarb jam.

As participants eat, they’ll be prompted to exchange dialogue based on a series of questions that will be printed on their dinner plates. The event will also have a SoapBox video project set up away from the tables, in which participants will stand on a tower of soapboxes and record their ideas into a video that will later be streamed back online.

The event is free and open to the public, and you can RSVP on Eventbrite. 3716 Washington Blvd., Downtown

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