Village Table SPACES

25 OctThe Village Table featured in Philadelphia Inquirer

“Despite brisk winds and ominous clouds hanging over North Philadelphia Thursday afternoon, members...

“Despite brisk winds and ominous clouds hanging over North Philadelphia Thursday afternoon, members of Amber Art and Design, a Philadelphia art collective, hurried around the mosaic-tiled plaza known as Meditation Park, hanging strings of lights and driving tiki torches into the ground.

It was closing night of the Village Table: a series of four-course communal meals that are part social experiment, part art project, and part community-health intervention.

The monthly pop-up feasts on the 2500 block of North Alder Street for anywhere from 50 to 100 guests were conceived by Amber Art and Design as part of a residency at the Village of Arts and Humanities. You can’t buy your way into these meals: Diners must contribute volunteer hours or a family recipe.

“Sharing a personal family recipe is a very intimate experience, and we value that,” Amber Art’s Keir Johnston said. “We collect recipes as a way of getting a census of the community, what their culinary reality is.”

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