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Sustain: (v) preserve; support; nourish.
Food reaches to the very baseness that is our physical body on this earth, the core of the human condition. As the only other indigenous American cuisine, Southern food can help to inform the growing conversations around California Cuisine. Southern Cuisine is deeply agrarian but burdened with a history of racism and imperialism. And yet, there is no "high-brow" or "low-brow" Southern food -- everyone eats the same whether black, white, rich, or poor. This is one of the brightest glimmers of sameness where there is often such division.
In a time when San Francisco is seeing great shifts in equality and voice, perhaps the Southern table has something to offer.
To sustain the earth, the body, and the community is the central focus of Private Dining Room. As Californians, we wish to participate in the preservation of the land. As San Franciscans, we wish to support the individual in both livelihood and nutrition. As Southerners, we hope to offer further meaning to the role of cuisine in society.
PDR is a yearlong project exploring what it means to be sustainable. Sustainable from farm to cook to neighborhood.
We invite you to join our conversation.