Vanessa presented at Tender Table on June 10, 2017 at Ristretto Roasters in Portland, OR.
Vanessa Pérez Winder is a 21 year old living, working, studying, feeling, and resisting in Portland OR.
One sentence to describe yourself and where you came from: I am a college student majoring in Art History, born in Lima, Peru and raised in the Portland Metro area; brown, queer, femme.
What will you be presenting on? I will be sharing the dish Arroz Chaufa, which is Peruvian style fried rice. This dish is a staple in Peruvian cuisine and has held much significance to me throughout my life as a very comforting favorite food of mine, as something extremely inexpensive my mom could afford to make for my sisters and I whilst being disconnected from her homeland, and as a plate that says so much about Peruvian history.
Best piece of advice you ever got about cooking: Put butter in your rice.
If you could only eat one meal forever, it would be: Arroz con pollo! Classic.
Favorite food: Probably... rice.
Recommended reading: I think The Autobiography of Assata Shakur is my favorite book of all time.
Best meal(s): Peruvian arroz con pollo (cilantro rice and chicken with lime marinated onions on top), rich and brothy soups, rice cooked with chicken fat, and chupe de camarones (a prawn/tomato/egg/quinoa soup).
Food you’d like to try: I would really like to try fried insects. People across the globe eat them all the time and they are sustainable protein replacements, so I feel like I have to give them a shot.
Additional comments: I'm a 21 year old college student majoring in Art History and minoring in Women's Studies. I really love the concept of this, I think that for femmes and gnc people of color, food is such an important way to comfort, celebrate, embrace, and connect. I grew up undocumented and unable to return to Peru, so throughout my life, food has been one of my primary ways to connect with my culture and define my identity.