No matter what may seem to divide us, a good meal always brings people together again. That is the thought process behind the Eat, Speak, St. Pete series.
Few things made the political, social and economic divide in our nation more apparent than the recent election cycle and all that has followed. Healing our nation may seem impossible but this city is ours and there is no better place to start the process of understanding one another like our own backyards.
This is the first of what we hope will be a series of events hosted at small businesses all over St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay area. We hope you will join us as we bring together a diverse group of people to promote conversation that can only be had when you join together with others of different racial, religious and economic backgrounds. Our goal is to give everyone a seat at our table and support the small business owners in our community at the same time.
The first event in the series will be hosted at Chief's Creole Cafe, a staple of the Historic 22nd Street District. To start kickstart the conversation we will watch a special movie screening of Eat, Speak, St. Pete that was recorded when a small group of community leaders were brought together to try out the event as lunch is served. The screening will be followed by an open panel discussion driven by audience participation.
Appetizer: Crawfish Fritters
Entree: Gumbo, a Creole classic, paired with Shrimp and Grits, a Southern classic.
Dessert: New Orleans style Beignets
To drink, we're channeling the south once again with a choice of sweetened or unsweetened tea.
10:30 am: Doors Open
11:00 am: Eat, Speak, St. Pete screening begins
11:15 am: Lunch service begins
12:15 pm: Open Panel discussion begins