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The Cultural Relevance of Food

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!


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