Next City

How to Preserve Cultural Diversity Through Culinary Entrepreneurship

Thursday, December 5, 2019

1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern


On Thursday, December 5, join Next City to find out how the Somerville Arts Council (SAC) developed Nibble, a cross-cultural culinary exchange and entrepreneurship program, to address gentrification in the city. 

Presented by Rachel Strutt, cultural director of SAC, the webinar will be the third and final installment of Next City’s 2019 Solutions of the Year webinar series.

The Union Square neighborhood of Somerville, a densely populated city northwest of Boston, is undergoing rapid gentrification. Massive development is beginning to push out immigrants and small mom-and-pop shops, consequently changing the international food landscape. 

Strutt created Nibble in response to these changes. Since 2015, the program has offered cooking classes, international food walking tours and business development instruction and mentoring for 15 individuals hailing from countries such as El Salvador, Ethiopia, and Bangladesh. 

The new Nibble Kitchen in Union Square boasts a rotating global menu from Thursday to Sunday. With the space culinary entrepreneurs have the means to lead cooking classes and vend their cuisine in a brick and mortar restaurant.

    “As Somerville gentrifies and runs the risk of becoming more homogenous, it has been rewarding building Nibble to promote multiculturalism,” says Strutt. “The big picture is exciting to me — task-force development, placemaking, etc. — but spending time with our entrepreneurs and learning about their cultures through food is the most delicious thing of all.”

Rachel Strutt is cultural director at the Somerville Arts Council and creator of Nibble.

This seminar is pay what you wish to register. Pay any amount that you would like or nothing at all. Thanks to NewsMatch, all donations, up to $1,000, made toward this webinar will be matched. New monthly donations will be matched for a full year, meaning if you donate $10 a month, Next City will receive an additional $120. This is a great chance to multiply your impact. Those who become sustaining members paying at least $10 a month, or making a one-time donation of $60, will receive the book “The Just City Essays: 26 Visions for Urban Equity, Inclusion and Opportunity,” edited by Toni L. Griffin, Ariella Cohen, and David Maddox. Your contribution toward this seminar will be used to find even more amazing guests, cover hosting fees and organize seminars like this one more frequently. A video of the webinar will be made available to those who register.


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