As part of its 2013 Year of Food, the Missouri Botanical Garden is inviting people of all ages to help answer the question: What does St. Louis eat? As the garden's first public-sourced storytelling project, "What St. Louis Eats" is intended to reflect the diversity of food stories, perspectives, lifestyles and trends within St. Louis.
Food provides basic nourishment, but it can also spark memories, inspire creativity and bring people together. As part of its "Foodology: Dig In!" year-long series of exhibits, events and programs, the garden wants to ensure real St. Louis food stories are highlighted. Through submissions from the public the garden will attempt to answer a number of questions about St. Louisans and the foods they eat and drink. What are we eating and why? What food traditions have been passed down for generations? What's on your dinner tables and school lunch trays? What cultural cuisines are you serving and eating? What foods are growing in our gardens and neighborhoods?
Given the diversity of food stories in St. Louis, the garden is issuing a call for submissions as part of this project. Individuals can share their food stories through photos (including a description 150 words or less), videos and essays (300 words or less). Entries will be accepted by the following methods: Join the What St. Louis Eats Flickr group and add photos/videos to the group pool. Tweet the link to your story to @mobotnews and tag it with #stleats. Post your story (image/description) to Instagram (attn:@mobotgarden) and tag it with #stleats. Email your entry or link to [email protected]
The deadline for submissions is Saturday, May 4, 3013. Submissions will be reviewed by a community panel from across the St. Louis region and select entries will be featured in the final exhibit at the garden and online later this year.See the complete entry guidelines.