A cooking demonstration & discussion about culture, culinary traditions, & how cooking together can feed many types of hunger


How to make a quesadilla using an iron – watch! Saturday, October 12, 2013

Su Mei makes a quesadilla using an iron. from The Futuro Media Group on Vimeo.


WHEN: Saturday, October 12, 2013


TIME: 2 – 4 pm including tastings
WHERE: Trinity Lutheran Church, 759 Linden Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813
YMCA of Greater Long Beach, Community Development Branch
This event was part of a series of free public Latino USA events on health in California.
Interpretation provided into Spanish. Un intérprete estará disponible.


Looking for a place to get healthy food in Long Beach? Check out our “Healthy Food Map” of Long Beach, created by teens from Change Agent Productions and the Greater Long Beach YMCA. (Click to expand map.)


CommunityWalk Map – Map 1629311



Is your neighborhood heavy on fast food chains and liquor stores and light on fresh fruit and vegetables? What makes it hard for you to purchase and prepare nutritious food? What makes it easier? Is it difficult to find stores selling healthy food, or are fruit and vegetables too expensive? Do you have little time to cook—or don’t know how? And, is there more to cooking than nutrition?

You want your kids—and the whole family—to be healthy. Culinary traditions have deep cultural ties. Cooking meals together feeds many types of hunger. When you eat together, you connect with your family, friends, and community and enrich life in many ways.

Long Beach Eats! The Opposite of Fast Food explores the relationship between food, family, community, and culture—and features cooking demonstrations and delicious tastings by accomplished Thai and Mexican chefs (each also a successful business owner!). Even if it takes time, cooking and eating together is a dying art that pays off in multiple ways.

This event also brings together community gardens, farmers markets, food justice organizations, and other Long Beach resources for healthy living. You might even learn how to sell your own goods at farmers markets!

Hosted by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa and featuring guest chefs Su-Mei Yu of KPBS’ Savor San Diego cooking show and Saffron San Diego restaurants and Carolina Santos of Tamales Oaxaqueño in Oakland. Together we’ll explore the opportunities and challenges of eating well in Long Beach!


Listen to the radio story featuring Carolina Santos:

Carolina Santos and her mother, Rosa Oliva, make tamales, tacos, and all sorts of other food for office workers and other clients, who are usually in San Francisco. But in West Oakland, California, where they live, the corner stores that exist offer little of the fresh produce they have access to in the food business. Maria Hinojosa spends a day with them and brings us her report.



Su-Mei YuSu-Mei Yu | Saffron San Diego, Owner & Chef + Host of KPBS’ Savor San Diego

Su-Mei Yu opened Saffron’s first location, Thai Grilled Chicken, in 1985 on India Street. With a focus on take-out dining, this small eatery captures the authenticity of popular street vendors in Bangkok. Due to the overwhelming success of the chicken shop, Yu opened her second Saffron location, Noodles and Saté, right next door, modeling the concept after the numerous small and informal take-out noodle restaurants found throughout Thailand. Both locations attract throngs of people and are widely recognized as some of San Diego’s premier Thai eateries.

Su-Mei Yu’s Thai heritage guided her to develop her brand of Thai food. Today, she annually returns to her homeland to research and collect recipes of traditional, authentic foods and methods of preparation.

Yu has demonstrated cooking on Martha Stewart Living, Home Cooking on PBS, Home Matters, Cooking Live on the Food Network, Good Morning America and Today Show, and is host of her own show, Savor San Diego on KPBS. She is a regular guest commentator for San Diego National Public Radio and has lectured at the American Institute of Wine and Food, The Culinary Historians of Southern California, The Culinary Institute of America and The International Association of Culinary Professionals. Her recipes have appeared in Food & Wine Magazine, Martha Stewart, Fine Cooking and many other national as well as local publications. Learn more
Carolina y Rosa - Tamales La Oaxaqueña Carolina Santos | Owner & Chef, Tamales La Oaxaqueña

Tamales La Oaxaqueña is a small family business in West Oakland, which uses traditional family recipes from Oaxaca. Carolina and her mother Rosa Oliva are the owners and chefs of the highly well regarded Tamales La Oaxaqueña, through which they share the fresh delicious foods of Oaxaca with their customers. Their recipes are not only healthy, they also contribute to the cultural milieu of the community. One of the main ingredients in their authentic moles and tamales is passion, and they are passionate about the richness of their culture and their food. In Oaxaca making mole and tamales is a ritual, and all the ingredients are just as important as the love that goes into making the food. Learn more

Listen to Carolina & her mother’s recipe for Oaxacan mole!



Maria HinojosaMaria Hinojosa | CEO & President, The Futuro Media Group

Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning news anchor and reporter for PBS and NPR, who covers America’s untold stories and highlights today’s critical issues. As the anchor and executive producer of long-running weekly NPR show Latino USA, and anchor for PBS’ NEED TO KNOW series and the talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One from WGBH/La Plaza, she has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad. In her over 25 years as a journalist, she also worked for CNN, and was a senior correspondent at NOW on PBS.

In April 2010, Hinojosa created The Futuro Media Group, a multi-platform nonprofit production company based in Harlem with the mission to give critical voice to the social and civic justice issues facing the diverse new America. Hinojosa has reported hundreds of important stories—from the immigrant work camps in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, to teen girl victims of sexual harassment on the job, to stories of the poor in Alabama. She has received numerous awards for her work including: four Emmys; the 2012 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism; Robert F. Kennedy Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged; the Studs Terkel Community Media Award; the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club for best documentary for her groundbreaking “Child Brides: Stolen Lives”; and many more.

She was born in Mexico City, raised in Chicago, and received her BA from Barnard College. She lives with her husband, artist German Perez, and their son and daughter in Harlem. Learn more

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