Nick and Brittany Wood
Arcadia Veteran Farmers
The desire for good food and the way we bond over preparing and sharing it is a universal element of the human condition. Helping someone eat well is the first step to helping to lift them up. And exchanging recipes and talking about food is a great way to get to know who someone really is. I was raised in the Upper Midwest, and most of my family is from the Deep South. And yet since coming to the District, the most at home I have felt has been sitting with a bunch of vibrant, cantankerous, enthusiastic elderly black folk in the shade of our market tent after the rush waned, talking about how best to prepare a rack of ribs.
Getting to know the people Arcadia serves puts me in mind of a quote by the late, great Anthony Bourdain: “People are generally proud of their food. A willingness to eat and drink with people without fear and prejudice... they open up to you in ways that somebody visiting who is driven by a story may not get.” I can’t help but wonder if maybe as a people Americans would be a little better to each other if we broke bread with our neighbors a little more often.