La Comida with Joint Venture and Anna Dunn

March 27- April 1, 2018



“There is a communion of more than our bodies when bread is broken and wine drunk. And that is my answer, when people ask me: Why do you write about hunger, and not wars or love?” - MFK Fisher

This five day residency takes a closer look at the MEAL (LA COMIDA), breaking down and examining elements of community and land that come together to create a meal, along with the unique connections and intrinsic knowledge accessed through the acts of cooking, eating, and conversation.

Days will be spent exploring and learning about Oaxaca through various elements of our evening tablescape --  including group excursions to surrounding towns, homes, and workshops, visiting lecturers and teachers, assignments and hands-on experiences.  

With an emphasis on balance and simplicity evenings will be spent cooking meals, eating, and conversing around the fire with each other as well as local dinner guests who will be involved in the making of the meal and space.

Conversation, creative research, reading, documentation and reflection will be, as always, encouraged, assisted and shared.  

Day 1 Basics

corn beans squash agave, introductions

Day 2 Balancing

salty sweet bitter sour spicy 

Day 3 Materials & Tools

fire metate clay

Day 4 Healing

herbs agave fermentation

Day 5 Celebrating

community collaboration beauty



JOINT VENTURE is an alternative approach to serving food by creating unique experiences among the communities we engage with.

ANNA DUNN is an editor, food and crime fiction writer, and Bartender-at-Large. She is the co-author of Dinner at the Long Table and the Saltie Cookbook as well as the founding editor of Diner Journal, an independent food, art and literature magazine since its inception in 2006.


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  photo margo sivin

photo margo sivin