Zeloszelos Marchandt

Zeloszelos presented at Tender Table on May 27, 2017 at YU in Portland, OR.

  Photo courtesy of Zeloszelos Marchandt

Photo courtesy of Zeloszelos Marchandt


Zeloszelos Marchandt is a multi-media creative living in the Portland metropolis, with a background in Interdisciplinary Studies.  They are the Evening News and Public Affairs Director for KBOO 90.7 FM, covering local, state, national and international news. They love good times, good words and good people. 

One sentence to describe yourself and where you came from: The stars, the sea, the lava and the teeth.

What will you be presenting on? I prefer surprises, especially if it involves poetry, which I am going to present but I can say that I will be presenting something that involves what we use to process our "foods" and what that means personally to us.

Best piece of advice you ever got about cooking: Use salt. Ignore dried basil and shut up and listen when someone from another culture is talking about their recipes. It's their home they're talking about.

If you could only eat one meal forever, it would be: This will sound boring but I like big ass salads. Give me those big ass salads any day. Also soups with noodles and things with enjera bread.

Favorite food: Food that tastes good. There will always be a new favorite but traditional Thai food from the islands. Also traditional mexican food- I can't go out and eat, I have to make it. We went to a bi-lingual church and the potlucks were dishes of south american and mexican composition. So today it means comfort food. I don't experience it as something to pay $25 a plate for or even $6 a burrito on the regular (although I do have a special food cart by my house when I need one) it's something synonymous with love, home, retreat. Aunties and neighbors would give me a simple tortilla after church or school and it tasted like safty and possibility all in one.

Recommended reading: Mushrooming without Fear- Alexander Schwab and Color: A History of the Palette- Victoria Finlay.  My primary partner and I are big foragers. Mushrooming without Fear is a great starter book and Color appealed to my art history love. Natural colors and pigments are often times one and the same as the things we eat. Only since the industrial age have we used more chemicals to dye things.

Best meal(s): Are the ones I get to share with loved ones.

Food you’d like to try: More Russian food. Where is it that it's not like $40 a plate??