Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fall Dinner Postponed

We've decided to postpone our fall event until the winter of 2013, for personal and organizational reasons. As always, thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you in the coming months.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

And the winner is...

After a few months on the road, we've reached the end of our journey. We are so grateful to all the people who voted and our five projects' leaders for making the DISHES on the road experiment a great success.


Food Forest will take home $500 toward its efforts to till an edible forest planted by local residents. Congratulations!

We look forward to seeing you at our next dinner this fall.

And if you have an idea for a project to present at the next dinner, our RFP opens August 23rd. The theme this fall: water.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Voting is now closed!

Seven events and two months later, the DISHES "on the road" summer event has come to a close.  We've successfully raised over $480 from over 350 votes!!!  Thanks to all who came out to vote and especially to the new friends we made along the way.

We will announce the group who will receive the funds to realize their project at our closing celebration on Wednesday, August 8th from 6pm-8pm at Craft Chemistry, located at 745 N. Salina St.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.  Please join us!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Buck Up: Project Updates!

Looking for something to do during these dog days? How about getting involved with the DISHES on the road projects? Check it out:

THE 26 NEIGHBORHOODS has an open call for filmmakers. Eight spots are already taken, so get in touch with Jamil Munoz if you're interested in participating! You can check out the poster by clicking here, or email 26neighborhoods@gmail.com! Deadline is August 15.

has a work day at its garden, Rahma, this coming Saturday (6/28). They'll be at the Rahma Garden from noon-12. More details here.

LAUGH-A-CUSE is taking place August 16-18th! The finale show on Saturday, 8/18, stars Syracuse natives Moody McCarthy (Letterman, Last Comic Standing) and Jessimae Peluso (Huffington Post, CBS). For more details, check out the Facebook invite here.

KINDNESS KITS writes, "our summer tester event went amazingly well! We had over 75 people participate and like to imagine that with each team interacting with 10 people we positively impacted around 400 people in the Syracuse area." They are looking forward to launching an even larger version of the project this fall.
You can see a video from that event by clicking here. And find out more about the documentary film that inspired the project by clicking here.

WESTCOTT NIGHT LIGHT continues design work on a night light for the knoll at the intersection of S. Beech and Westcott Streets.

And don't forget to join us tonight at Salt City Slam (at ArtRage, starting ta 7) and Saturday, 6/28 (ArtsWeek, E Genesee Corridor, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.) for the final installment of DISHES on the road!

Hot off the press!

Grab a Syracuse New Times paper TODAY and feast your eyes on a wonderful article, written by Lorna Oppedisano, about our adventure "on the road".  Or take a read online here: Salt City DISHES: A dollar can bring a lot of change"

Friday, July 6, 2012

Join us TUESDAY, 7/10 & 7/17, at the Downtown Farmers Market! -- Plus a special summer recipe!

One of the aspects of DISHES' community dinners that we are especially proud of is the fresh and local meals cooked by our chefs. 

Can't wait until October to taste the next meal? Try this special chilled summer soup recipe from one of our chefs, Sarah Pallo. You can pick up the ingredients at the Downtown Farmers Market, at Clinton Square. Support local farmers, and then stop by our booth to vote for your favorite community project! 

We'll be there Tuesday, July 10, from 7-4 p.m., and again on Tuesday, July 17, from 7-4 p.m. 

Chilled Cucumber Mint Soup with Tomato Relish

·         4 small cucumbers, washed & seeded
·         4 scallions, chopped using both white and green parts
·         1/2 cup fresh mint
·         1 jalapeno pepper, seeded
·         3-4 cloves garlic
·         Juice of 1-2 lemon
·         1 ½ cup plain yogurt
·         salt and pepper
           Tomato Relish:
·         1 quart cherry/grape tomatoes
·         2 shallots, fine diced
·         1 Tb red wine vinegar
·         1 Tb olive oil
·         2 Tb fresh parsley, chopped
·         Salt and pepper to taste 
Dice the cucumber, onion, and jalapeno pepper. Add garlic, lemon juice, and yogurt to blender 1st. Puree until smooth. Add diced vegetables and blend until smooth. Add a little water if needed. Season with salt and pepper to taste and chill for at least one hour before serving. 
For the tomato relish, add olive oil and vinegar in a bowl. Finely chop the shallot and let sit in the oil and vinegar for little bit. Add salt, pepper, parsley and small diced tomatoes. Scoop onto chilled soup and garnish with a mint sprig.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Photos of us at Art on the Porches

Yesterday we enjoyed a lovely, hot day in the Strathmore neighborhood making many new friends.  We raised 80+ votes and are very grateful for everyone who Bucked Up!!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Next up: Art on the Porches

DISHES on the road heads over to the Strathmore neighborhood for the 12th annual "Art on the Porches" event on Saturday, June 16th.  Art on the Porches brings together artisans, food, music, and people, and we are looking forward to a very lovely afternoon!

Come visit our booth from 11am-5pm and vote on your favorite project.  Remember, $1=1 vote!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

DISHES at the Funky Flea, June 4th

Our DISHES "on the road" series debuted at the Funky Flea event and it was an incredible success!  We saw many familiar faces, made a ton of new friends and collected over 220+ votes! Thanks for your show of support.  Looking forward to stretching our legs some more at the next event.

And congratulations to *Matt Fuller* who won a free ticket to our upcoming dinner in the fall!  

You CAN vote as many times as you like!  $1=1vote

After you vote, enter our raffle to win a free ticket to our DISHES dinner this fall.  Enter one raffle, per event, per person.  We will select a lucky winner after each event.

Photos courtesy of Stasya Erickson.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

DISHES "on the road" debuts June 4th!

Join us as we debut our DISHES "on the road" summer series at the ever exciting FUNKY FLEA!  Come find our booth and vote on your favorite project for only $1 - - this Saturday, from 10am-4pm, at the Everson Museum plaza at 401 Harrison St, Syracuse, NY.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Submissions now closed

Thank you for submitting your innovative community projects for the DISHES "on the road" experimental experience.  We can't wait to share more information with the world.  Talk details soon!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

This summer, DISHES goes on the road. Join us!

Hey Syracuse!

This summer we're experimenting with a new way of sourcing support for innovative and creative public projects. All summer we'll be setting up at different events around town, selling 50-cent ballots to support a variety of community projects.

Will your project be one of them? We hope so! Submit the application on this site by May 15th  for an innovative public project (you can find it on the right-hand toolbar). We'll let you know by May 21st if your project has been selected for the summer-long competition.

We can't wait to hear your ideas! If you have questions, drop us a note: salticitydishes@gmail.com.

just released!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Unfold Magazine on Salt City DISHES

Copyright Robyn Stockdale

Many thanks to Jordan Clifford at Unfold Magazine for her piece about DISHES and the most-recent winners, Salt City Slam! You can read it by clicking here.

Friday, March 16, 2012

"What If..." DISHES won a Mini-Grant?

We are delighted and honored to announce that the Gifford Foundation awarded Salt City DISHES a "What If..." mini-grant, which we'll be using both to fund a summer event (we're thinking June) and our next dinner (slated for October). We are so grateful to the Gifford Foundation for its generosity. The grant marks a new phase of the DISHES effort, and will make it possible for us to accommodate more people at our dinners and therefore possibly grant a second-place award to the runner-up project!

You can find out more information about the Gifford Foundation, or about how to apply for your own "What If..." mini-grant, on the organization's Web site. The Foundation is also holding a "What If..." film series at Art Rage gallery, screening films about community revitalization around the world. Nancy Kelly's documentary "Trust" screens at Art Rage at 5:30 p.m. on April 4.

For more about the series, click here.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Salt City Slam!

Congratulations to Mozart Guerrier and Seneca Wilson of Salt City Slam, the winners of our most recent DISHES event!

With the $1,000 raised by DISHES attendees, Guerrier and Wilson plan to launch a monthly poetry slam at Art Rage Gallery, on the North Side.

Stay tuned for pictures and more highlights from the dinner.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

DISHES #3 is tonight!


Winter Root Vegetable (vegan, gluten free)


Roasted Beet Salad with Baked Apple Chips, Feta Cheese and Herb Vinaigrette (vegan without the cheese, gluten free)


Two Bean Vegan Chili (vegan, gluten free)

Vegetable Lasagna with Spinach and Oyster Mushrooms (vegetarian)

Hot Turkey Sandwich with Sumac Gravy, over Columbus Bakery Bread

Beef and Potato Stew

Live music by Andrew Greacen

And of course, the presentations:

Mobile Sauna: A mobile sauna that is free and open to the public.

CINECUSE brings independent filmmakers to Syracuse to shoot a film, over 48 hours, with local filmmakers and actors.

Dog park: Build a fun, social place for people to bring their dogs on the southern edge of Barry Park.

The Erie Canal's Rustiest Bike Circus Tour:
Circus artists bike between Syracuse and Rochester, performing along Erie Boulevard and presenting historically themed circus shows in canal communities along the way.

Salt City Slam: Monthly spoken word/poetry slam competition on the Northside.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

setting up for DISHES #3

Check us out decorating the theatre for tomorrow's dinner on our facebook page, HERE.

Friday, February 17, 2012


Tickets went on sale Wednesday, February 15th and sold within 3 days.  Holy moly, amazing!  Thanks everyone for the show of support and generosity.  For those who missed getting a ticket this time around, many apologies - - we are looking for a larger venue for future events to ensure that you there.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Enjoy this sweet promo video made by Daylight Blue Media.  We hope it persuades you to join us this Sunday and then some.

Get your tickets!

Tickets are now available for $10-$20 (sliding scale) at these fine establishments:

Craft Chemistry 745 North Salina St
Recess Coffee and Roastery 110 Harvard Place
Sound Garden 310 West Jefferson St

Thursday, February 9, 2012

upcycled decor

We love to create a warm, cozy, inviting environment for you and your friends while you eat, talk and listen at the DISHES dinners.  We prefer to hand craft the decorations out of found materials, like these fan flowers that will adorn the upcoming DISHES dinner in a few weeks:

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Choose to follow your passion this year!

“There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.” — Edward de Bono

Happy New Year and all the best in 2012,
Love the DISHES team