This Tuesday: Share Stories and Dishes at Feast of Words

Feast of Words January 2011

What: Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck
Where: SOMArts Cultural Center (934 Brannan St, between 8th and 9th)
When: Tuesday, January 4, 2011. 7:00pm to 9:00pm, doors open at 6:30pm
What else: Tickets are $10 advance, $5 with a potluck dish and $12 at the door.  For more information visit or write

SOMArts Cultural Center presents Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck, a monthly dinner party where writers and foodies come together to eat, write, and share.  Join co-hosts Lex Leifheit & Irina Zadov the first Tuesday of each month to discover local chefs and writers, bring a dish on our monthly theme, and participate in our creative competition for edible and literary prizes!

January’s theme is “Blurred Identity” and features literary guest Faith Adiele and the culinary treats of Canvas Underground with Chef Peter Jackson. This month’s event will also include a creative competition of on-the-spot writing inspired by the theme.  House opens at 6:30pm; space is limited. Quickwrite prizes include dinner for two at a Canvas Underground event, and a duo of books by Faith. Books will also be available for purchase.

Literary guest Faith Adiele is a popular speaker and contributor to O and Essence magazines. She is author of a travel memoir, Meeting Faith: The Thai Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun, which won the 2005 PEN Beyond Margins Award for Best Memoir, and co-editor of Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology. She currently serves as the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Mills College in Oakland and is finishing a cultural memoir about her Nigerian/Nordic/American heritage.

Culinary guest Peter Jackson is the executive chef of Canvas Underground, a supperclub that aims to bring people together for great food and cool art in ever-changing venues.  The collective is a part of the Ghetto Gourmet dining party network, which is continuing the Bay Area’s guerilla cooking tradition.  Past Canvas Underground dinner parties have included a “Depression Dinner” and a four course meal in a foreclosed West Oakland Victorian.