Food is one of the most tangible and evocative cultural manifestations there is! If the main ingredient in “Culture” is identity, who doesn’t consider their favorite dish to be an integral part of who they are and where they come from? Food appeals to all five senses--through its presentation, aroma, texture, sounds and taste. The cuisine of an area is directly related to its eco system, linking culture to place. By partaking of a region’s gastronomy, whether visiting where an ingredient is sourced, made or sold, or cooking or sharing a meal, we become cultural consumers, literally.