Photography by Madison Voelkel, courtesy of Creative Time

KAMAYAN - A True Way of Eating

for Creative Time Summit X Dinner Sessions at 41 Gallery Cooper Union

The truth to eating food for Filipinos is embedded in eating with one’s hands. This customary practice was replaced with silverware and deemed as improper during the period of colonial occupation by Spain. This dinner foregoes utensils. Beginning with a ritual of handwashing, guests are welcome to seat themselves around a communal table. Upon feasting, they will be taught how to eat Kamayan, with hands. This technique utilizes the right-hand to take morsels of food and the thumb to push that food into the mouth.

Kamayan - A True Way of Eating, is a feast that not only celebrates Filipino cuisine and culture, but an experience to weave stories about personal narratives, political histories and popular culture. This dinner session was catered by a beloved, Filipino homestyle restaurant in Woodside, Queens NY - Tito Rad’s Grill.