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Public Conversations is an ongoing series of community forums designed to convene Charlotte-area residents for discussion of timely and relevant topics. Our goal is to create comfortable settings that encourage a stimulating and enlightening exchange of ideas. By organizing these Public Conversations, WFAE intends to serve as a catalyst for community dialogue. Participants are encouraged to engage in conversation with a cross-section of community representatives, expert panelists, and with each other.

The Gathering Power Of Food

A community forum to highlight and explore the ways in which food brings people together – from food festivals to holiday meals.   Panelists and audience members  shared experiences and observations on how gatherings around food impact families, neighborhoods, workplaces, churches and other community institutions.   The Public Conversation explored the role of food in creating cultural identities, facilitating conversation, and marking key life events.  Discussion also addressed how the ‘Gathering Power of Food’ can be preserved in today’s “fast food society” and amid busy lifestyles. 


Tom Hanchett - Levine Museum of the New South
Amy Rogers - Author, WFAEats Editor
Stephen Crotts - Rock Hill artist and communal food enthusiast
Tara Quinones - Catering By Tara