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San Francisco

The Cultural Relevance of Food

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Food is often used as a means of retaining cultural identity and heritage. Learning about cuisines from various cultures allows us to understand others. With understanding can come acceptance and appreciation.

This program brings together Bay Area chefs from various heritages. Soul food Chef Geoff Davis from Burdell, Mexican Chefs Enrique Soriano and Jazmin from Cocina del Corazon, and Indigenous Chefs Louis Trevino and Vincent Medina from Café Ohlone.

They will each tell their stories of their rich cultural heritage, explain the ingredients they use and why, and discuss other aspects of what they do. It’s going to be a fascinating evening!

MLF Organizer
Patty James

This program will not be live-streamed; it is in-person only. 

Safety Protocols for in-person attendance:

  • We follow best practices laid out by the CDC and state and local guidelines.
  • We strongly recommend vaccination for guests, staff, and volunteers.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged while indoors (if you do not have one and would like one, inquire at our front desk for a complimentary mask).
  • We reserve the right to require different rules for specific events as necessary.

Our LEED Gold-certified building is designed to cool with outside air, using digitally controlled moveable windows and large ceiling fans. We are deploying additional HEPA filters inside to scrub the air. This is all in addition to increased cleaning of surfaces throughout the building.

The Commonwealth Club of California is a nonprofit public forum; we welcome donations made during registration to support the production of our online programming.

A Nutrition, Food and Wellness Member-led Forum program. Forums at the Club are organized and run by volunteer programmers who are members of The Commonwealth Club, and they cover a diverse range of topics. Learn more about our Forums.

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All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.

Wed, Feb 15 / 6:00 pm PST

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States


Geoffrey Davis

Chef, Burdell

Vincent Medina

Captain, ‘Itmay Cultural Association; Co-founder, mak- ‘amham


Cocina del Corazon

Enrique Soriano

Chef, Cocina del Corazon

Louis Trevino

Co-founder, mak- ‘amham

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Patty James

Chief Innovation Officer, Foogal; Co-chair, Nutrition, Food & Wellness Member-led Forum, The Commonwealth Club of California—Moderator


5:30 p.m. doors open & check-in
6–7 p.m. program
(all times PST)


$12 members
$20 nonmembers