Photo Essay: At a Half-Mile-Long Table, Chefs, Farmers, and Volunteers Feed a Neighborhood for Free

In St. Paul, Minnesota, artist Seitu Jones wanted to start a community-wide conversation about food access and food justice—and where better to talk than over a good meal?
Half-mile dinner by Andy King

Photo by Andy King.

Artist Seitu Jones was troubled to see people relying on convenience foods because healthy shopping choices are difficult in his St. Paul, Minn., neighborhood. Jones wanted to start a community-wide conversation about food access and food justice—and where better to talk than over a good meal?

With the help of Public Arts St. Paul, funders, farmers, chefs, and 400 volunteers, Jones created a free dinner of ginger chicken, green vegetables, collard greens, beans, rice, and apple cider for 2,000 guests. Poetry and choreographed table service made the event a meal to remember. Next on the menu for Jones’ multiyear project, Create: The Community Meal, are mobile demonstration kitchens and classes on affordable, healthy cooking.

The following photos were taken Sunday, September 14, on St. Paul's Victoria Street.


Half-mile dinner by Andy King

Photo by Andy King.

Half-mile dinner by Andy King

Photo by Andy King.

Half-mile dinner by Andy King

Photo by Andy King.

Half-mile dinner by Andy King

Photo by Andy King.

Half-mile dinner by Andy King

Photo by Andy King.

Half-mile dinner by Andy King

Photo by Andy King.

Half-mile dinner by Andy King

Photo by Andy King.

Half-mile dinner by Andy King

Photo by Andy King.

Half-mile dinner by Andy King

Photo by Andy King.

Half-mile dinner by Andy King

Photo by Andy King.

Half-mile dinner by Andy King

Photo by Andy King.

Half-mile dinner by Bob Muschewske

Photo by Bob Muschewske.


 

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