What Does Food Mean to You?

What memories do you have of food?

How does your identity inform what and how you eat?

Where does your food come from? 

Who taught you about the food you make and eat?

Is your food linked to immigration and migration stories?

These are some of the questions students in Dr. Jennifer Esperanza's Food and Culture class at Beloit College thought about as they explored food's many meanings. In this exhibit, students share stories about food and what it means to them, their families, and those around them. 

We invite you to click on the images below to read these stories, learn a new recipe, and think about what food means to you.

Jennifer Esperanza's Food Story

Sy Dragon's Food Story

William Koehler's Food Story

Isabel Chávez's Food Story

Yessenia Cruz's Food Story

Helen Griffin's Food Story

Midori Tanada's Food Story

Tony Renzema's Food Story

Laura Quintero's Food Story

Hanbin Yan's Food Story

Jadee Krueger's Food Story

Joa Grober's Food Story

Shruthi Chandrasekar's Food Story

Julia Hwang's Food Story

Evangeline McFarlin's Food Story