In Japan, Nyotaimori, or “body sushi,” is the practice of serving sushi and sashimi from the body of a naked woman. Advice Project Media's Food of Liberation project is a series of new feminist culinary events that play off the idea of serving food from a woman’s body. But rather than serving a meal from the body of naked woman, we’ll serve it from her mind.
Once a month, a woman who has lived under the mantle of oppression will join us for a meal and round-table discussion in a private home setting in New York City. Some meals will be fancy, some will be simple. The setting could be a raw loft in Brooklyn or an exquisitely decorated luxury condo in Manhattan. Diners won’t know the location of the event until the week before the event. What’s important is that women are able to share their stories of oppression, that we can facilitate important discussions, and that you’re provided with a unique culinary and cultural experience that you’ll never forget.
Consolee Nishimwe is a survivor of the 1994 genocide against Tutsis in Rwanda. Born in Western Province, she lived through the horrors of genocide at age 14. Her father and three younger brothers were brutally murdered, and Consolee was tortured, raped, and infected with HIV. Miraculously, she survived along with her mother and younger sister, although the loss of their other family members was insurmountable. Today, Consolee is a staunch defender of woman’s rights and is a committed speaker about genocide and is an advocate for other survivors who suffered physical and emotional torture. During our Rwandan meal, Consolee will tell us how she’s come to rely not on vengeance, but rather, on forgiveness, faith, and love. After our meal, Consolee will read an excerpt from her memoir, Tested to the Limit: A Genocide Survivor’s Story of Pain, Resilience and Hope.
Do you love learning how to make amazing meals alongside cooks from around the world? Are you interested in women’s issues and have an interest not only in helping to share the stories of oppressed people, but in discussing the liberation of women?
Space for our Cameroonian dinner is limited, with room for only ten attendees. Drop us a line if you’d like to be the first to receive an invite.
A portion of proceeds from donations will go towards the writing and editing of our guest’s story/recipe, which will then be shared on Advice Project Media's website (these stories will be included in a printed Food of Liberation storybook/cookbook).