Past Event

Moveable Feast: A Playshop about Food and Home

Leaving home is hard to do. When we do so, we leave a lot of things behind—important things; things that make a house a home. The difficult transition is often helped by what we CAN bring along—memories, a few trinkets… and our recipes.

Adobo - Traditional Filipino DishRSVP and join this free community conversation about the food that reminds us of home and stays with us when we build a new one. Together with Donna Pierce, former Chicago Tribune Assistant Food Editor and historian of Great Migration recipes, we’ll share our varied food backgrounds and discuss how food travels with us wherever we go, keeping us close to our roots, and helping shape our identities when we’re far from home. Then, our conversation will lead us into a community cookbook-making “playshop” led by artists from Columbia College Chicago’s Center for Book and Paper Arts, inspired by the personal experiences (and recipes!) that we’ve shared.

Inspired by two recent IHC events — Home Again: Stories of Migration and The Frying Pan Stories: Pages Ripped From Our Cookbooks — this event will marry the two topics and make space for a conversation and community art project about the intersection of our homes, our identity and our food.

Bring your neighbors, friends and family and together we’ll make a community cookbook!

Refreshments from local Albany Park establishment will be served.

About Donna
Donna Pierce, former Assistant Food Editor and Test Kitchen Director for the Chicago Tribune, is a Chicago-based, contributing editor for Upscale Magazine and a columnist for the Chicago Defender.

Pierce grew up with deep roots in Mobile, Alabama, where her family lived for five generations before her parents moved to Missouri. Pierce has traveled to Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean exploring the roots of African American culinary traditions.

She is a member of the Southern Foodways Association, Les Dames d’Escoffier, Association of Food Journalists, the James Beard Foundation, the National Association of Black Journalists and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She is currently working on a book about about Freda DeKnight and recipes from the Great Migration. Learn more about Donna at

This program is made possible in part by The Joyce Foundation. The Joyce Foundation works to improve communities through the arts and the quality of life in the Great Lakes Region and across the country.

If you need a sign interpreter or require other arrangements to fully participate, please call 312.422.5580 at least 72 hours prior to the event. For parking locations near the facility, please visit