30 December 2007

coming soon...







Welcome back to the OpenKitchen!

It's been a long time since Bogota.

Below is the press release for OpenKitchen's upcoming photo show at Tartine in San Francisco. A series of posts are on the way that will provide the backstory for those who see the exhibit, and the whole story for those who cannot.

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In 2006, Eric Wolfinger temporarily left his job at Tartine Bakery in San Francisco to help a friend open a restaurant in Bogotá, Colombia. Afterward he traveled northeast along the Caribbean to visit the Sierra Nevada mountains whose snow capped peaks tower 18,000 feet above the tropical shore. Locals warned such a trip would be impossible since the indigenous people who live in the Sierra shun outsiders, and armed guerilla groups control access.

For 500 hundred years, the Arhuaco – largest of four indigenous groups in the Sierra – have resolutely defended their cultural and political independence from the Colombian state. Besides encounters with armed guerillas who use the mountains as a base of operations, their only connection to the world beyond their self-sustaining life is through the coffee trade. Twice a year they send their harvest to a local market in the valley below where they buy supplies and a favorite luxury not made in the mountains: bread.

A chance meeting one evening with an Arhuaco merchant led Wolfinger to offer his bread baking skills for passage into the mountains. With the blessing of a Mamo (Arhuaco religious leader) and clearance from the local commander of the FARC guerilla group, Wolfinger visited the Sierra and lived with an extended Arhuaco family during the coffee harvest. Though the turbulent political climate prevented a second trip to teach them how to make bread, Behind the Clouds: Coffee and Custom in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada is a visual record of Wolfinger’s experience with this Arhuaco family.

Please click on the card above for opening reception and show details.

4 Comments:

Blogger sandra said...

wow!
id love to come
un beso da buenosaires tesoro!sandra

10:03 PM  
OpenID bsedloff said...

looks sweet dude! wish i could be there. identify some cluninary delights of my own in Nepal, Tibet and North India. Will update you when i return to Hong Kong ( you need to visit). How is the ride???

~b

8:06 AM  
Blogger pete said...

Fede sent me a link to this and I'll definitely be there. This sounds amazing.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous claudia said...

hi eric, i was wondering what happened to you! congratulations i wish i could have been there! keep in touch, my correct email is claudia@jbmedia.it. my love to you, marko and the family!

1:34 AM  

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