With fall just around the corner, we’ve been taking a moment to revel in the Museum’s harvest this year. Our spring events, “Food & Your Senses” and “Restaurant Love Letters,” helped grow our audience by more than 200 people! The community feedback we received has helped inform our future programs and events.
Food & Your Senses
In collaboration with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, our February “Food & Your Senses” event explored the difference between flavor and taste through a wacky scavenger hunt, spice painting, and a sensory cooking activity. Families from across the country tuned in to our hour-long virtual variety show and shared findings from their tasting experiments.
Restaurant Love Letters
In May, we gave a shout-out to our favorite local restaurants with “Restaurant Love Letters.” The COVID-19 pandemic devastated the restaurant and food industries, and we wanted to provide a platform for people to express their appreciation for their favorite restaurants and food businesses - those still operating and those that have since shuttered. We hosted our first public event at the South Pearl Street Farmers Market and encouraged participants to write love letters to their favorite restaurants and vendors. The outpouring of love was truly incredible! We wrapped up “Restaurant Love Letters” with an Instagram Live event with Lighthouse Writers Workshop and local spoken word artist, Assétou Xango, about the role of restaurants and art in the community.
... So What's Next?
Now, we’re planting seeds for programs launching this winter and next year. Here’s a preview of what’s to come:
Filling the Bowl: A monthly virtual lunch gathering of activists, academics, and foodies to discuss topics related to food and social justice.
Bite-Sized: Our first in-person exhibit series will introduce participants to issues around food and equity, and will facilitate actions centered on creating a more equitable food system. The pilot program will feature four food-themed exhibits (e.g., chocolate, coffee), featuring installations at partner locations across the Denver metro area.
Makers & Tasters: An interview series where a range of food experts - ranging from academics and craft business owners to authors and community leaders - share their take on the foods and flavors they love.
Keep an eye on our monthly newsletter and follow us on social media for dates and details for all of our upcoming events.