In Community | By Fogo Island Inn | July 4, 2018
A Fogo Island Community Food Circle
Home cooks, growers, chefs, visitors, and fishers will convene on Fogo Island to host our first ever Food Circle. This community conversation about the past, present, and future of food will be led by Mitchell Davis, Executive Vice President of the James Beard Foundation; Bonnie Stern, one of Canada’s foremost cookbook authors; Fogo Island Inn Executive Chef Jonathan Gushue; and Fogo Island Arts' international artist-in-residence, Steffen Jagenburg. Fogo Island Inn Innkeeper Zita Cobb will host the Food Circle, which will be held at the Big Church in Joe Batt’s Arm on July 31, 2018 from 5:30-7:30PM and will be free and open to the public.
Fogo Island’s first ever Food Circle emerges out of the Newfoundland tradition of song circles. It is the kind of community gathering that offers each participating individual an opportunity to lead, suggest, or request at least one story about food. While Newfoundland has always traded with faraway places for products including tea and molasses, the province has a history of self-sufficiency that has been largely lost in recent decades. Fogo Island’s Food Circle will seek to uncover an understanding of the considerations and trade-offs between ecology, nutrition, security of supply, and where the tension between the joy of local and the lure of global settles out.
The best way to join in the Food Circle is by checking into Fogo Island Inn under the For the Love of Cod itinerary on July 30th. Guests will spend the first day learning of Fogo Island’s deep relationship with cod and handlining the humble fish that changed the world. The second night will see them in the Food Circle, surely sharing thrilling tales of the day’s catch.