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Makhenda, “loving and compassionate”

Meet Harlene Summers. We’re writing a story on her restaurant for TasteFresno. Harlene is a middle name—her first name comes from her father, who wanted a son. But soon she’ll be legally known as Makhenda, a name given to Harlene by elders of a tribe in Congo. I first learned of Harlene’s restaurant through Groupon; I […]

Aebelskivers with Amanda Loveless

I met Amanda several years back, when we both served on the board for Creative Fresno (Amanda still serves). Her husband, Steve, went to high school with Kim. When I first started talking about the Legacy Project with Kim, she mentioned Amanda’s affinity for baking—what we didn’t know at the time was her deep connection […]

Legacy Project: An Introduction

It started with berrocks. Since that dinner, I’ve been fixated on tradition, and on understanding the role it plays in establishing or reinforcing “food culture.” I’ve also been reflecting on the impact of living at such a fast pace—in a society that’s reliant on fast food and microwaves. I wonder, what will happen to the […]

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