East Campus Resident Advisor (RA) Christina Sullivan hosted her own virtual event, “Honoring Family Recipes” for students at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) on Feb. 24.
Sullivan intended for the event to be a casual, low-pressure event for students living on East Campus to talk about recipes special to their families or simply, their personal, beloved recipes.
“Culture, family, and social ties create a lot of meaning in our lives,” said Sullivan. “I just wanted to explore how food can also do that.”
Attendees were encouraged to share their own family recipes and explain the importance of each dish and what memories they connect to their recipe.
Sullivan even shared her own family recipe, beef stroganoff, and explained that family recipes can act as a way of expressing love through nonverbal means.
“When my family would make that food it was always special to me because it was how they would express their love for me when words weren’t there.” Sullivan said.