Feast of Words Program Archive


Note: Feast of Words is currently on hiatus. Get social with SOMArts to stay informed about future offerings and opportunities for literary and culinary artists.

Head to SOMArts on the third Tuesday of each month for a potluck where writers and foodies come together to eat, write, and share. Discover local chefs and writers, learn more about local cultures and flavors, bring a dish on our monthly theme, or participate in on-the-spot writing to win edible and literary prizes! Find out about upcoming events and opportunities for writers and chefs by following Feast of Words on facebook or twitter (@somarts).

“As a guest chef for the event I was so surprised to see my creativity was not only shown through my food but also in my writing. Bravo Feast of Words!”—Culinary Guest Azalina Eusope, Dec ’10

Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck takes place on the third Tuesday of each month, from 7pm to 9pm. Each month is connected to a theme inspired by a current exhibition at SOMArts; each month features accomplished Bay Area writers and inspired potluck cuisine. Tickets are $10 in advance, $5 with a potluck dish, or $12 at the door. Space is limited, we recommend getting tickets in advance.

“Performing at Feast of Words was a delight. The event is a one-of-a-kind fusion of art, food and fun, a sociable experiment in participatory literature. Everyone – including me – left happy and full, and how many readings can you say that about?”—Literary Guest Simon Sheppard, Dec ’10

“After more than an hour of eating and chatting and listening together, the room transformed from a collection of strangers to something that more resembled a big extended family dinner party — with only those family members you like.” – Caroline Chen, SFWeekly, July ’11

“Feast of Words definitely feels more like a community than a performance, an evening of both relaxation and inspiration.” – Dana Sitar, August ’11

“Friendly, informal, idealistic but real. Thought provoking, heart opening, reinvigorating, and thoroughly deserving of continued generous funding!” – Participant, January ’12


Feast of Words is on hiatus until January 2014.

July 16, 2013 | Convergence
Literary Guest: Mia McKenzie
Culinary Guest: Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene
June 18, 2013 | Zeitgeist
Literary Guest: Troy Gelobter
View photos from June
May 21, 2013 | Undercurrents
Literary Guest: Andrew Lam
Culinary Guest: Chris Chung
View photos from May
April 16, 2013 | Only Connect
Literary Guest: Raquel Gutiérrez
Culinary Guest: Jenn Hartman
View photos from April
March 19, 2013 | Quiet Lightning
Literary Guests: Curated by Quiet Lightning
Culinary Guest: Maggie Weber-Striplin of Pachamama Cookery
View photos from March
February 19, 2013 | Aftermath
Literary Guest: Virgie Tovar
Culinary Guest: Rose “Slam” Johnson
January 15, 2013 | Beginnings
Literary Guest: Thao Nguyen
Culinary Guest: Celia Racicot
December 18, 2012 | Naughty or Nice
Literary Guest: Nic Alea
Culinary Guest: Jane Lin of Mama Tong Soup
November 20, 2012 | Gamechanger
Literary Guest: Mariah K. Young
Culinary Guest: Yasmin Golan
October 16, 2012 | Nerve
Literary Guest: Anna Pulley
Culinary Guest: Yasmin Golan
View photos from October
September 18, 2012 | Lessons Learned
Literary Guest: Belo Cipriani
Culinary Guest: Yasmin Golan
View photos from September
May 15, 2012 | Back to the Future
Literary Guest: Cassie J. Sneider
Culinary Guest: Kuukua Dzigbordi Yomekpe
View photos from May
April 17, 2012 | Leap of Faith
Literary Guest: Beth Lisick
Culinary Guest: John Ingle
March 20, 2012 | I Am Crime
Literary Guest: Ben McCoy
Culinary Guest: Jason Wyman
View photos from March
February 21, 2012 | At War
Literary Guest: Maxine Hong Kingston
Culinary Guest: Yasmin Golan
View photos from February
January 17, 2012 | Getting Lucky
Literary Guest: Mariama Lockington
Culinary Guest: Charleen Caabay
View Photos from January
December 20, 2011 | Celebrate
Literary Guest: Arisa White
Culinary Guest: Old Skool Cafe
View Photos from December
November 15, 2011 | Objectified
Literary Guest: Angie Chau
Culinary Guest: Ren Buenviaje
View Photos from November
October 18, 2011 | Illuminations |
Literary Guest: Ron Ragin
Culinary Guest: Amara Tabor-Smith
View Photos from October
September 20, 2011 | Schoolhouse Rocks
Literary Guest: A student from 826 Valencia
Culinary Guests: Old Skool Cafe
View Photos from September
August 16, 2011 | Blue Ribbon |
Literary Guest: Kevin Simmonds
View Photos from August
Read Dana Sitar’s Review
July 19, 2011 | Deconstruct |
Literary guest: Cole Krawitz
Culinary guest: Justin Belluomini, Taste Catering
View Photos from July
Read SFWeekly’s Review
May 17, 2011 | A Place of Her Own
Literary guest: Arlene Biala
Culinary guest: Tina Africa
View photos from May
April 5, 2011 | On the Shoulders of Giants
Literary guest: Kirya Traber
Culinary guest: Peter Jackson, Canvas Underground
View photos from April
March 1, 2011 | Unsaid
Literary guests: Bill Berkson and Micah Ballard
Culinary guest: Yasmin Golan, Calico Pie Edibles and Delights
View photos from March
February 1, 2011 | Sensory Feast
Literary guest: Thy Tran, (blog: Wandering Spoon)
Culinary guest: The Potluck Brigade
View photos from February
January 3, 2011 | Blurred Identity
Literary guest: Faith Adiele, (blog: my multiculti life)
Culinary guest: Peter Jackson, Canvas Underground
December 7, 2010 | Naughty or Nice?
Literary guest: Simon Sheppard
Culinary guest: Azalina Eusope, Azalina’s Malaysian
View photos from December
November 2, 2010| Home Away From Home
Literary guest: Andrew Lam (co-founder: New America Media)
Culinary guest: Blair Warsham, graffeats Guerrilla Dining
View photos from November
October 5, 2010 | Healing
Literary guest: Darren de Leon
Culinary guest: Los Lobos
View photos from October

“Since my recent move to the Bay Area to serve as Distinguished Visiting Writer of Mills College, I’ve been inspired by the wealth of literary and food events but also disappointed at how difficult both worlds can be to access. This is one of the many reasons I’ve been so excited to discover Feast of Words and so happy to support Irina’s and Lex’s efforts.

In the relatively short time I’ve been involved as a participant/attendee (and now as an upcoming featured literary guest), I feel like I’ve found my people. The standard literary and/or food event tends to be hierarchical, featuring an established star whom participants pay to listen to or learn from, while community events can be too unfocused or unprofessional or entrenched for my liking.

In my travels as a teacher and practitioner of writing, and as a cooking student (in such places as Bali, Banff, Brazil, Chautauqua, Ghana, India, Italy, Iowa City, Nigeria, San Francisco, South Africa, Switzerland, and the Azores), I have found that sharing food and stories are two of the most powerful, universal ways to build community. The fact that Feast of Words already has both elements, as well as a monthly theme relevant to the lives and concerns of ordinary people, should ensure a cross-cultural following. Already I’ve seen an increase in quantity and quality of participation since I’ve been attending.

No one else offers FOW’s unique combination of accomplished guest reader and chef mingling with emerging/amateur/hobby writers and cooks. No other event creates a space where community building and food come together with artistic expression and dialogue. Where ordinary people, strangers, can meet and share like family in a public space for one warm evening.”—Literary Guest Faith Adiele, Jan ’11