Pineapple Collaborative - Females Paving the Way One Bite at a Time

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Through networking opportunities, it might be expected that you’ll discover, more networking opportunities!

I’ve had a good run of positive ones that would surpass even high standards had I had them- happy to report that my standards have drastically risen now thanks to my recent attendances!

One in particular that I attended was an event put together by The Pineapple Collaborative, whose mission it is to bring women together around good food and collectively help strengthen our voices, especially for those in marginalized communities.

Honestly, I learned and felt so much from this experience. The panel of guest speakers were incredible women with the realest of stories typically untold in mainstream media outlets. Yet many of them now have integral careers in the mainstream media space and are working passionately and pro-actively to make changes of inclusivity in the representation we see and hear today.

With a full belly and an overall sense of inspiration, I also came away with these nuggets of wisdom:

  • On Representation for Women and People of Color:

    • On TV, there’s not enough, and when it’s there, women are oftentimes pigeon-holed into specific types of cuisine that play into a race stereotype (ie. Asian women cooking traditional Asian food)

    • When you think of Japanese chefs, you think of male sushi chefs

    • EAT: Equity At the Table (new acronym I’m here for)

    • The Good Food Podcast (something I need to tune into)

    • Nancy’s Garden: An Asian American female gardener

    • Seeing how food connects us all and it’s important to always ask why in order to find out.

  • On Good and Bad Storytelling:

    • Bad = stereotyping

    • Good = as a journalist, show up as a student

  • On How We Can Support Proper Representation as Consumers of Food & Media

    • Engagement with content goes a long way so…. click, share, subscribe, comment, and email!

  • On the Line Between Cultural Promotion and Cultural Appropriation:

    • It’s important to go back to the history, celebrate it in an authentic way, connect the dots between how you came to create your own take on tradition

  • On How Women Can Be More Vocal About Their Talent and Feel More Confident About Sharing:

    • Amplify each other’s voices and share their stories

    • Show up, put more representation in the media

  • On How to Not Get Complacent with Our Progress So Far:

    • Mentorship so people gain confidence and experience

    • Continue the conversation and keep showing up to panels

One audience member posed a question that left the panel a bit speechless because it highlighted a systemic issue we don’t yet have a solution for. But that’s all the more reason it needed to be vocalized. I want to say it made the wheels in everyone’s heads turn:

Many marginalized people don’t have the wealth to compete for and take the unpaid internships that get them and their voice and representation in the door which funnels up to fine dining and large media. How can we fix this?

Talk about food for thought, huh?