Global Food|Local Perspectives Symposium (Follow up)

This afternoon we were treated to an insightful conversation (and delicious tastes), thanks to Kera Lovell, Dr. Simone Cinotto, and the panelists. It was a perfect example of a global community of considerate hungry philosophers coalescing around a table of diverse international, transnational, post colonial, immigrant and local tastes. Dr. Simone Cinotto opened the symposium… Read More Global Food|Local Perspectives Symposium (Follow up)

Invitation to West Lafayette Hungry Philosophers

Dear Hungry Philosophers, Please join us for what promises to be a wonderful discussion about GLOBAL FOOD from our local perspective: October 22nd, 3:30-5:30 pm. Nelson Hall 1215, Purdue University. I would like to thank our panelists for their willingness to share their time and experience with us. Below is a brief introduction to each… Read More Invitation to West Lafayette Hungry Philosophers

Food as Gift, Interview with Thai Essence Chef Ake Waratap, West Lafayette, Part 3 of 3

    (con’t) Thai Essence, Chef Ake’s insistence on intention, quality, energy and heart is palpable. When asked what would he considers his ‘signature’ dish, he refused to answer with a single dish. Every dish, he said, is made with care. In order to “show” me his philosophy, he pulled out some julienned ginger, thin slices… Read More Food as Gift, Interview with Thai Essence Chef Ake Waratap, West Lafayette, Part 3 of 3

Food as Gift – Interview with Chef Ake, Thai Essence, West Lafayette, Indiana : part 2 of 3

      (con’t) Chef Ake’s early culinary career as a cook, as a caterer and private chef was fueled with the deep belief in food as a precious gift to be shared. He spent his time generously, he cooked extra portions and a variety of foods, all in an effort to make people feel nurtured.… Read More Food as Gift – Interview with Chef Ake, Thai Essence, West Lafayette, Indiana : part 2 of 3

Food as Gift – Interview with Chef Ake, Thai Essence, West Lafayette, Indiana : part 1 of 3

  Few food memories begin with abandoned corpses in Buddhist temples, as Chef Ake’s does. Raised in a struggling family in Thailand, young Ake would catch and sell catfish gathered after the rains under the platform of abandoned dead bodies. Lowering his gaze he says that he can still smell the stench. Despite his mother’s… Read More Food as Gift – Interview with Chef Ake, Thai Essence, West Lafayette, Indiana : part 1 of 3