Director’s Update – Fall 2016
The Fall season has been very productive for the Randall staff at the Mission Arts Center. The move to our temporary location at 745 Treat St. has been completed, and many of our most popular programs are finding a welcome reception at the new location. The Treat facility has also created some new opportunities for us. For instance, we are adding new programs to take advantage of the commercial level kitchen at the new facility. Working with two of our community members, we have added some new courses to our repertoire relating to cooking, nutrition, and overall fitness. Food preparation with traditional recipes and ingredients is a big part of every culture, and it is one of the things that can make us feel at home wherever we go. Ellen Garcia, a nutritionist and culinary curriculum consultant has offered her services to get these programs underway. To quote Ellen: “My passion is helping people understand food and their relationships to it, with the goal of making cooking a happy and stimulating part of life for everyone.” We are looking forward to maximizing the use of the kitchen amenity to develop a whole new range of programs.
The new food and cooking education curriculum at the Mission Arts Center will also provide a nice segue into the planning for a Café and food service concession at the renovated Randall. Hopefully, the Atrium space at Mission Arts can also become a quiet place to enjoy a cup of coffee or a snack. Stay tuned for more developments on that front. In the course of researching some of our food service options we have had the pleasure of getting to know about another Mission District based organization that is having a huge social impact in San Francisco. It is called “La Cocina” (the kitchen). It is a small business incubator that empowers individuals who are passionate about cooking and food to add value to their lives and to their community. They focus primarily on women of color and immigrant communities. At our recent Halloween event we engaged one of La Cocina’s graduates, Alicia Villanueva, of Alicia’s Tamales to provide sustenance to our visiting superheroes and goblins as well as their parents. Tasting Alicia’s tamales has made me feel like this will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Randall Museum Director