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Sharing food stories through an interactive, multi-sensory documentary audio book.
Sharing food stories through an interactive, multi-sensory documentary audio book.
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You're invited!

You are invited to a book launch party!

Wednesday 17 July, 2013
6-8 PM at Archeworks
625 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60654

This event is FREE with light refreshments.

Please join us to celebrate the completion of the multisensory book! GARLIC & GREENS: accessible soul food stories presents "Shoebox Lunch”, a time capsule of memories about families and food traditions. It features stories from Dorothy Horton-Jackson, Audrey Petty, Donna Pierce, Marcus Johnson, Lynn Manning, and Joy Smith.

“Shoebox Lunch” is designed to be accessible to people with low or no vision. By engaging the senses of touch, taste, and smell, this interactive audio piece highlights soul food traditions, their southern roots, and connections to Black history.

$65+ Kickstarter contributers may pick up their copies at this event, otherwise they will be shipped by mail. Copies of the book will be available starting on the 17th, but quantities are limited. All purchases will allow us to share the project for free with people who are low or no vision.

RSVP to Archeworks:

This event is a collaboration between Archeworks, Spontaneous Interventions, and the Global Alliance of Artists Environment Xchange.

This project was made possible with your help and support, and I can't thank you enough!

Please let me know if you can make it. I hope to find you there!



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cheesecake and noodles

Just two quick updates for fans of GARLIC & GREENS:

Stop by for free cheesecake and chat with folks who are interested in the intersection of art and environmental issues at the Global Alliance of Artists' reception this Thursday, Sept 20th at the Chicago Cultural Center. G&G will present a slide show pecha-kucha style (20 slides, 7 min) and you can vote for your favorite projects to win. The event starts at 6:30; register for free here:

Also thrilled to announce a spin-off project of GARLIC & GREENS for a super cool art subscription project called Regional Relationships. It's the story of a noodle dish called yock, or yak-a-mein. Have you heard of it? The dish is most often found in coastal areas in the southeastern parts of the U.S. This collaboration with comics artist Neil Brideau consists of a CD, tea towel, and comic book. It's shipping out very soon! To sign up and learn more about the project, go to the RR website:

That's all for now, but please be in touch!

summer news

Hello fans of GARLIC & GREENS!

Just checking in with a short mid-summer update. GARLIC & GREENS is busy getting some reward packages ready for shipment in August. We just got a preview of the soul music set curated by a good friend of the project, Anthony Stepter. We can't wait to share it with you!

For those of you in Chicago, Fereshteh will be giving a free public presentation on Tuesday July 24 as part of the Archeworks Sustainable Food & Design Lecture Series. It will start at 6pm at Access Living, which is at 115 West Chicago Ave.

Fereshteh recently was interviewed by actress Regina Taylor about GARLIC & GREENS. She's best known for playing Lilly Harper on the early 90s TV drama I'll Fly Away, which also started Sam Waterston's stint as an on-screen lawyer. Read more about it at the project blog and sign up for the mailing list to get our brief and infrequent updates:

Hope you are staying cool in the dog days of summer! Please take some time to water your trees if you live in a drought area. Check out THIS LINK to learn more about this urgent threat to our public green spaces!

Thank you,


May events and update

Hello fans of GARLIC & GREENS!

May is here which means that we are finally in full production mode! The dates for awards were set to reflect this intensive spring-summer work schedule. Rest assured that we haven't forgotten about you! We will be getting awards out in installments as scheduled, by the fall. 

In the meantime, please check out the G&G website and make sure your name is listed properly: We only have first names for some people, so please be in touch with your info so we can give you full credit for your support of our campaign!

Last week, we were honored to be special guests at TEDxUChicago You can see some photos at the project blog:

Also, for those of you in Chicago, you are cordially invited to two special events this month:

2) informal panel discussion on Tuesday May 8, 7pm - FREE
In this group discussion titled "Rooted: food and farming initiatives as regional artworks" we will examine ways that innovative agricultural and culinary projects assert new understandings of spaces, ideals, tools, and relationships. Food is a common language with which we can talk about topics such as sustainability, local economies, nutrition, access, with many different types of people. These creative initiatives are about the pleasures of food, understanding diverse histories of cuisine, and bringing people together around a table to discuss the issues that are important to their lives in Chicago and elsewhere.

2) intimate vegan soul food dinner Wednesday May 16, 6pm - $30 prepaid
We are teaming up with chef Eric May of Roots and Culture for a supper club series called "Piranha Club". Guest chefs include Dara Cooper of Fresh Moves mobile grocery and Chef Tsadakeeyah of Majani Catering. The menu will include peanut butter collard greens, okra & mushrooms, baked bbq black-eyed peas, cornbread, yam-ginger pie, sweet tea and mint juleps. The event is $30 paid in advance and there are only 10 seats available, so get your tickets ASAP at

We're getting the garden ready for the warm season and looking forward to planting lots of soul food veggies. If you have any favorite recipes or garden photos you want to share, please send them along. We'd love to include stories from our supporters on the project blog.

Stay in touch!

love and gratitude!


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