AC at the Table
with Amethyst Ganaway & Reina Gascon-Lopez
August 13, 2020

AC at the Table is a new series of conversations among cooks, activists, artists, historians, farmers, and scholars that address critical issues in foodways. With each invitation, our guests convene to push forward thoughtful and timely discourse and to interrogate the ways in which food is produced, consumed, circulated, prepared, and represented. This program considers what it means to liberate our consumption and push forward a decolonial approach to foodways in theory and in practice.

For its inaugural episode, curator Bianca Morán moderates a conversation between cooks and writers Amethyst Ganaway and Reina Gascon-Lopez, as they explore the ways that the African Diaspora shapes Latinx cuisine and food. Both Reina and Amethyst give shape to this dialogue through a historical and geographical perspective from the South and Southwest while also discussing anti-Blackness in foodways, accessibility to land and ingredients, and navigating the food industry as Black women and women of color.


Amethyst Ganaway is a North Charleston native who began her career in restaurants. Currently, her work consists of food writing, recipe development, and catering. Her writing has been published in several food publications including Eater, Food and Wine, The Post and Courier and Plate Magazine. In 2020, Amethyst was awarded the Les Dames d'Escoffier International Culinary Award and has been selected for a forthcoming internship with America's Test Kitchen.

Reina Gascon-Lopez was born in Ceiba, Puerto Rico and was raised in Charleston, South Carolina, where she currently resides. She is the creator of The Sofrito Project, where she documents her culinary journey as a Southern Boricua. As a Southern Puerto Rican, Reina explores both her multiracial background and cultures through food and writing. Her work and words have been featured in VICE, SELF Magazine, The Post and Courier, and The Washington Post.

Bianca Morán is a curator and educator based in Los Angeles. She is the Adjunct Assistant Curator and Public Program Coordinator at Active Cultures. A former K-16 educator in Los Angeles, her work is deeply informed by culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy. Her research interests include history, race and ethnicity, foodways, diaspora, education and pedagogy, critical theory, film, and visual culture. Bianca holds an M.A. in Curatorial Practice and the Public Sphere from USC, an M.Ed. in Education from UCLA, and a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley. She was born in Los Angeles and raised between the Bay Area and LA. Bianca is also a single mother raising her daughter, Paloma.