Dining at “ethnic“ restaurants are usually a wonderful experience and a good way to get to know other cultures and their customs. The unknown smells and flavors bring excitement to any diner with an appetite for new tastes. However, Cuisine As told by doesn’t consider groups of people huddled around a difficult to read menu and randomly selecting food items as a culturally enriching experience. Why is that? The typical restaurant dining format doesn’t always allow for full detailed explanations of the dishes and ingredients, as well as the cultural legacy and importance of the meals to be shared.
Studies of American bias on “ethnic” food reveals that there is a prejudice about the quality and value of the food. This can be reflected in its relatively low price point compared to other more popular Western cuisines (French, Italian, Spanish, etc.). The labeling of food as ethnic reflects an outsider or secondary culture, external to the same set of standards used in “mainstream” foods. Therefore, an understanding of the cultural legacy and history of these foods sometimes becomes inessential or disregarded.
This is where Cuisine As told by comes in. Our goal is to help people explore new cultures and encourage dialogue in a comfortable space. We work intimately with immigrant-owned restaurants in the Greater Washington D.C. area from different backgrounds to ensure all our dishes are true to their culture.
We bring excitement, respect, and community all to the table for people to explore. Join us at our next pop-up dinner to see what we're talking about.
Your humble host,
Founder and Owner