Recipe for Friendship is a public art commission for Little Italy, San Diego, in Amici Park on the corner of Date and State Streets.
Recipe for Friendship celebrates food- the making and sharing of it. Its based on what's common to all migration and ethnicities - we all bring tastes that are familiar to us the the new places. It's the first step in introducing one's culture and sharing- becoming friends.
The art piece consists of ten sidewalk plaques and four cafe-like tables. The first sidewalk plaque is located at the corner of India and Date Streets. Following the plaques along the sidewalk on the north side of Date street draws you from the hum of restaurants on India to Amici Park across from the church. On each of the tables is a bronze sculpture- a plate of food with tis recipe engraved on the napkin. Do a rubbing and take home the recipe.
Judith Christensen co-taught with me to research and make books about fava beans, garlic and squash at the Washington Elementary School as part of this project.
San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, Parks and Recreation Dept. Little Italy Association and Centre City Development Corporation. 2001
Bring paper and a pencil and do a rubbing of the napkin and bring the recipe home with you.
This is a list of the brass sidewalk plaques. Each has red and white glass tile surround the round plaques. The less things change, the more they remain the same. Sicilian Proverb.
Las cosas claras y el chocolate espreso. Ideas should be clear and chocolate thick. Spanish Proverb
A nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will get you a seat. Old New York Proverb.
The trouble with eating Italian food is that 5 or 6 days later you're hungry again. George Miller
Only the pure in heart can make a good soup. Beethoven
No man is lonely while eating spaghetti, it require so much attention. Christopher Morley
Cappuccino 2oz of fine Italian expresso, 2 ox of steamed milk, top it off with froth. Sprinkle with chocolate and cinnamon if desired. Steve Galasso Enjoy the cappuccino with a pizzell.
Food for thought is no substitute for the real thing. Walt Kelly
El gusto de sabores. cilantro parsley, chives, cinnamon, garlic, tamarando, oregano, epazote.
The right way to play bocce is the way your dad plays.
There is a corresponding book that has the behind the scene info about the project. It also has 4 blank pages and a pencil in order to do the rubbings of the recipes. Send me an email if you would like to purchase one.