Food for Thought
July 01, 2016
We have all heard of comfort foods, which can make us feel happier during times of stress. Psychological studies show that the comfort foods we crave connect us to happy memories from our pasts. By eating foods that remind us of those times, we symbolically consume that past happiness. Beyond comfort, there are foods that make us feel better and happier.
The museum is creating more ways for people to gather and connect around food. The local, sustainable and organic food movements are interesting and dynamic when applied to Alaska. We’ve cooked Alaska-grown food by the heat of the sun’s rays on our patio (Solar Kitchen) and transformed the front lawn into a giant picnic with barbecue, food trucks, homemade popsicles and live music. This summer we celebrate locally grown food at an Arctic food fest, invite chefs to test their skills in a cook-off, and put the jam in jam session with live music and treats made from Alaska berries. We will also host a series of conversations about food including food security, tours of edible plants in urban Anchorage, harvesting seasons, and the ways food connects us to our local environment.