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Share Your Foodways

Click the link to find the Share Your Foodways program! The Arts Institute of Middlesex County has partnered with local chefs to explore the ways in which food, culture, and family histories intersect. Check out…

Click the link to find the Share Your Foodways program! The Arts Institute of Middlesex County has partnered with local chefs to explore the ways in which food, culture, and family histories intersect. Check out this page for DIY tutorials, interviews with our featured chefs, printable recipes, and a window into the rich variety of food traditions in our County! 

Each dish has been carefully chosen not only for its simple and accessible ingredients, but also for its personal significance to the cook. These ingredients and recipes will nourish the body, mind, and soul with the stories they hold.  Check back throughout the year as we add more tutorials and interviews with featured chefs! 

Tag us with #shareyourfoodways as you try out these recipes in your own home, and share your own family’s stories and recipes!

What are Foodways?

“Foodways” refers to the cultural, historical, and social context surrounding food. We use food to mark important times in our lives, use specific dishes to celebrate important holidays, and make meaning through sharing food with others. 

Access for All

We want to make sure that everyone can enjoy this program to its fullest extent. Thanks to coordinated efforts by MCFOODS, the Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services, in cooperation with Chef Sank, we are able to supply local food banks with kits that include all the ingredients to make the dishes we’re featuring here. We will provide a limited number of meal kits for each featured video we post. To find a kit in your local area, contact MCFOODS. If you are interested in helping to support your community food banks, learn how to donate here​.

This program was also made possible with support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Folklife Program for New Jersey, and the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.