Sunday, August 9, 2009

Photos of Art Opening

Thank you to photographer Larry Rippel for sharing with us his photographs from the art opening at the Children's Museum in Pittsburgh.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Fresh Fridays

As an extension of Serve & Project, students from MCG's summer program, Daniel, Nick and Cole, joined S&P participant, Shayla, to interview shoppers and sellers at the North Side Farmer's Market. Along the way we got some tasty samples, had some great conversations, and ran into a former MCG student dressed up like an onion.

What are you going to buy?

What are you going to do with the food you bought?
Do you come here every week?
About Fresh Fridays
About the Chef
About the Sellers
What do you like about the Farmer's Market?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Continue in the S & P Tradition

Welcome to the S & P meets MCG workshop exhibition.
Continue the giving of recipes and stories by adding them to this blog through the "comments" option at the bottom of the posts.

You can also submit recipes to be featured on our website with photographs, videos, and other documentation by going to or email us at

Thank you.

(above image; page 5 of the S&P Meets MCG recipe book)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Workshop Pictures

Some pictures from the workshop, taken by Larry Rippel, photographer and MCG students.

Audio clips, mp3s, of the students interviewing the participants at Bistro to Go:

Video showing some of the finished collages and the storybox at the Children's Museum, courtesy of Justin, thank you Justin!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Student interviews

Before the workshop started, six of the students took audio recorders home with them and recorded their friends and family about their eating habits, then edited the audio into short clips. The topics include knowing where your food comes from, memories associated with certain foods, foods eaten at special occasions, the sensation of sushi, the definition of "bitter," college cafeterias and their relation to eating disorders, and others. Here they are - give a listen.


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

In the lab, MCG students, Jeff, Keith, Io, & Lisa, June 10, 2009.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Well this is my rabbit Socrates she is about a year and half old.The reason i posted this picture is because somtimes i think what I ate like her would i be as healthy? Or healther? So for the last past week ive ate like her so in the morrning i would have a hand fool of baby carrots(plain)then for dinner i would have apples and peanutbutter. And so far its been going great now when i get up for school in the morrning im not all tierd and drowzy, im not happy about going to school but atleast i start the morrning well enrgized! :p

Friday, June 5, 2009

Zhane's Flamin' Hot Cheetos

Brighton Heights

Hello All,

Monday, we will begin our interviews with six Brighton Heights participants: Rose, Anne, LaVerne, Mary Rose, Marie and Lafayette.

Heights Senior Community Center is located in the heart of residential Brighton Heights. We are open from 8:oo am-4:00 pm, Monday thru Friday so that we may offer citizens at least 60 years of age an opportunity to partake of a nutritionally balanced meal at noon and participate in a variety of stimulating activities designed to nourish the whole person. In addition, we schedule speakers on such topics as nutrition, identity theft and social, financial and medical services which are available to consumers. We are dedicated to promoting active, healthy aging and we welcome eligible citizens to join us and contribute to their own well-being and that of others.

More Food (Peter's Food)

This time, it's the cereal and dessert portions.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Interview Questions

Hello Everyone,
Monday we will be meeting the senior citizens from Brighton Heights at Bistro to Go to conduct interviews. We've put together some sample questions for you. Please take a moment and read them over and decide if you want to use them. If you have other ideas, please add them to the "comments" for this post so others can see them and might want to use them also. Looking forward to meeting all of you and thank you for the emails!

Interview questions
1. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself, where you are from and how long you have been a resident of Pittsburgh?

2. What are some of the foods/ your favorite foods you grew up with?

3. How, if at all, do you think the food in this country has changed?

4. Can you tell me some of the memories that surround some of your favorite foods and or meals ?

5. What do you do for a living and how do you think your career dictated the types of food you eat?

6. As part of our homework for this workshop, we were asked to record our daily food intake. What are some of the foods you eat regularly? Foods you know you should not eat and foods that you crave?

7. Is there anything else you would like to add to this interview?

8. Can you tell us about this recipe – why you decided to choose it to share with us today?

9. When you were a teenager, can you talk about how you got your different meals – who prepared them – whether you had a choice – if you had to make your own meals?

Food I (Peter Webb) Ate

Hey guyzos,
The following image constitutes the fruit and vegetable portion of my diet from May 10th 2009 to May 13 2009. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Churrasco, Yuca & Horchata

Last week a few MCG staff members took a trip to Carnegie, PA to see a an art show at The Clay Place. While in town, we stopped at Riva's Restaurant. Riva's is owned and operated by a Mexican/Nicaraguan family (Mr. Riva is from Mexico, Mrs. Riva is from Nicaragua). There's two different menus, one for each country's food, and nearly everything is made from scratch.

I splurged a bit on lunch and ordered churrasco (steak) with yuca (or cassava, a potato-like vegetable) with rice and cabbage. I also ordered one of my favorite drinks, horchata, a cinnamon-flavored rice drink.

Thursday, May 28, 2009


Welcome to the Serve & Project art project! We are so glad you will be participating in the workshop with us and the blog. We wanted to take a moment to introduce ourselves and invite you to send us an email with a brief introduction and a picture so you we can get to know you a little before we officially meet on June 8th. If you have a website or something with a photo and a little bit about yourself you can send that as well. The bio/introductions will all be kept in email, not posted publicly.

About us:

Io Palmer
Hello, I am currently professor of art at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. I create work in a variety of media including ceramics, fabric and sound. I started my teaching career at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild where I taught ceramics. I have always been interested in food and how artists can use food to make art projects. Thank you all for participating in this project.

Lisa Link

Hi, I am a web designer for the University of Massachusetts Boston where my favorite thing at work is organizing the YouTube channel for the University and watching videos. I started out as a dance photographer because I love to go out dancing and also traditional black and white photography ( a long time ago I even taught photo in the lab at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild). Most of my artwork now is graphic design - photoshop collages and video shorts about political topics. I live in Boston, Massachusetts.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Nancy's Binge

After knowing what i was eating, i feel like a fatty with no need for stopping, but i had fun taking the pictures though, it made me realize that one i love food to much to stop, two i need to stop, and three i dont really want to stop

>w< plz comment

And if your curious im in the mayhem that i call my picture, and so is my sister

Friday, May 15, 2009

Devaughn's food

Project #2 : Audio Record a Friend or Family Member

Audio record a friend or family member
With the audio recorders, designate one family member or friend that you can interview about the foods eaten during the week.
Some questions to get students started:
What is your favorite food? What do you like about it?
What is your least favorite food that you see other people eat?
Do any foods remind you of people or places?
Do you know where the food you eat comes from? Have you ever read the labels ?
What types of foods do they eat.
At what times during the day do you do most of your eating?
How, if ever, have your eating patterns changed from when you were younger? What are some of your cravings you feel guilty about eating?

Things to pay attention to include asking questions that will lead the interviewee to think and consider things in different ways.

Presentation of Audio Work
Using audio software, edit and finish your interviews. Things to consider include the final length of file, seamless editing and accurate representations of the original interview.


Cooking with Clara” on Youtube:

Storycorps, gathering user-generated personal histories:

Voices from the Days of Slavery

Recipes or food as part of history, check out the THE HAWAI'I NISEI STORY_Americans of Japanese Ancestry During WWII

Audio recorders, usb cables, editing software like Audacity or Garage Band, blank cd's and memory sticks.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Baking Italian Bread in the dutch oven

I made bread this weekend from a great book called "Baking Bread - Old and New Traditions" by Beth Hensperger. I made the Italian Country Bread which uses a sponge (a wet batter that has a long rising time before you mix it with your dough- sort of like a short sourdough). The sponge is: 1t yeast, 1/3 cup water, 2/3 cup milk, 1t maple syrup and about 2c all purpose flour. I whisked it and let it rise overnight - about 12 hours. In the morning I added: 1t yeast, 2c water, 1T salt and about 5.5c of flour to make the dough. I kneaded it, let it rise for 4 hours, punched it down and transferred it to my dutch oven, and let it rise 2 more hours (slashing a decorative pattern in the top towards the end). In the meantime I made a nice hot fire outside, then knocked it over and put the dutch oven on top of the hot coals. I built up the fire again off to the side and continued adding fresh coals underneath and on top of the oven for about an hour. I got it a bit hot towards the end and burnt the bottom a bit, but other than that it was fantastic.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Project #1: Visually Record Your Food

Photograph all the foods and drink you have consumed during one or two days. Use Photoshop to create a collage of your findings. Be aware of the types of foods and advertising for foods that you encounter and see if, at the end of the documentation process, you are more conscious of the foods that you eat. You can include pictures taken with a cellphone or other devices in your collages in addition to ones taken with a camera.

Think about what kind of documentary/artistic style you will use for your project. Check out some examples below and feel free to add more. As soon as we receive your email, we can add you as an author to the blog.

Artistic Strategies for documenting your food.
Camera Angle – low, aerial (stand on a chair…), eye level
Distance between you (photographer) and the subject (the food) - far away, macro shot
Style – staged like in “nutrition 101” or “Edward Weston’s vegetables” or more free flowing documentary like in Supersize Me (I know, that’s a movie…..just the style)

Presentation of a Series:
Combine your images in one or more collages using Photoshop OR
Print out individual images as a series – arrange as a grid, linear sequence, other pattern.

Peter Menzel and Faith D'AlusioPeter Menzel and Faith D'Alusio

Edward Weston Natural Studies – the famous pepper black & whites:

Humorous/social commentary as in Supersize Me

cameras, computer, photo paper
Please post on SandP meets MCG blog as you develop your work!

Friday, March 20, 2009

MCG/ S&P Summer Workshop

S&P meets MCG
First official collaborative workshop relating to food and intergenerational interviews.

Where: Manchester Craftsmen's Guild
Pittsburgh, PA

When: June 10-12, 2009

Mission: To work collaboratively with highschool youth and older people in Pittsburgh, PA.

This project was funded in part by generous support from the Grable Foundation as a part of the Charm Bracelet Project Fund.