Building Community & Exploring Humanity
Our vision will always be the same,
to make the world a more tasty and creative place
Candid Fare explores the relationship between food and art to build community and reveal our shared humanity. Through interview-based storytelling, comforting meals and recipes, and beautiful analogue photography, we are fostering an environment that appreciates the cultural diversity of food, as well as the unique stories of people involved in the food systems.
Food is inextricably tied to culture and history. It is closely rooted in people’s identities.
The birth of Candid Fare began as an experiment in the art of slowing down; an act of looking inward to re-evaluate the invigorating moments that make us feel rooted and connected while expressing gratitude for our experiences. Through food and art, we seek to facilitate healthy conversations, expand awareness among fellow strangers, and foster new relationships so we all feel more comfortable learning from, and with, the communities and world around us.
I am a food-justice, human rights professional turned private chef. My passions lie in the intersection of culinary innovation, widespread food security, large-scale social change, and international adventure.
I decided to proactively follow my dream into the kitchen after a brief life-hiatus of travel and volunteerism on organic farms across the Western world. I traveled to Ireland to obtain a culinary certificate at Ballymaloe Cookery School, where I became passionate about seasonal, sustainable, organic farming.
I am enamored by the complexity of our international food system, and believe comprehensive, well-rounded education is necessary to sustainably plant, harvest, cook, and feed. Because of this, I refuse to lose sight on the importance of creating dishes using environmentally-friendly, sustainable, organic food whenever possible.
To view more of my work, visit my personal website: www.nourishnomad.com
I am a practicing visual artist and social documentarian, currently based in Chicago, Illinois. Specializing in the photographic essay, my research interests include practices of place-making, cultural geography, collective memory formation and visual anthropology.
I have been making photographs for the past ten years and through the use of analogue photography, create colorful, intimate and methodical bodies of work exploring themes of belonging, history and home.
I am the recipient of the 2017 Post-Graduate Bursary Award from the Royal Photographic Society, England and the 2017 Arts Dean’s Fund for Excellence Award, University of California, Santa Cruz. I earned my Bachelors of the Arts degree in Anthropology from Vassar College, and my Masters of the Fine Arts degree in Social Documentation at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
To view more of my work, visit my personal website: www.cebeloomis.com
Our mighty two-person team features Delaney Workman, food-justice, human rights professional turned chef, and Cebe Loomis, a practicing visual artist and social documentarian specializing in analogue photographic stories. We are two friends, women and creators, passionate about learning from and with people.
Over the past decade, our friendship has matured and evolved alongside our adventures, writing new chapters, and sharing significant memories. We learned to always respect each other’s differences, while deeply cherishing our joint commonalities. We’ve shared countless meals, ignited our curiosities, and deepened the expertise of our respective passions.
We serve as a resource for creative inspiration, sparking human connection, and promoting a network of those making positive changes in our food system.
We are passionate about paying homage and respect to everyone’s individual lineages and origins. Candid Fare is a collaborative platform with our participants. It provides a space for our partners to share their food stories, cultures, histories, and identities with a larger audience while also retaining authorship over their own stories.
Candid Fare would like to acknowledge that Chicago is located on the traditional unceded homelands of the Council of the Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations. Many other tribes such as the Miami, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sac, and Fox also call(ed) this area home. Past and present, we honor with gratitude the land itself and these Tribes.
We hope you consider sharing your time and/or resources to:
American Indian Association of Illinois
Candid Fare acknowledges the history (past and present) of systemic injustices in the United States. Our systems (food included) are wrought with inequalities – from racial to environmental to socio-economic and more. We are conscious of our privileges in this field, and are actively working to combat these inequalities. Each Candid Fare dinner highlights a local non-profit, organization, or small business making positive changes in our food systems and the local community.
Please visit our Local Partnerships page to view our featured organizations doing important work in the Chicagoland area. We hope you consider sharing your time and/or resources.
A world of thanks goes out to those who have supported Candid Fare from its origins. We would like to acknowledge the support of:
Alan & Arden
Alexandra van Alebeek
Angelica Del Toro
Dennis & Tena McNamara
Eleni Kostis & Boys
Emily de Redon
Helen Rozaklis-Makrides & Family
Megan, Brian, Branden & Mason Boos
Tasha Nova Borozny
Wildflower Ranch Inn