Sylvia's Story: A Labor of Love

Seeds of Our Ancestors

Sylvia's Story: A Labor of Love

Grace Pernecky

This month, Grace speaks with Sylvia of Pilar's Tamales about her journey from El Salvador to Ann Arbor. Food and community have played an integral role in Sylvia’s journey, from small child in Central America, all the way to successful entrepreneur and passionate philanthropist serving up everything she does with love and care.

Cuban Beans & Rice: Four Variations

Grace Pernecky

Farm friend Charo Ledon speaks with Grace about her favorite Cuban comfort food, rice & beans. She talks about her journey from Cuba to the States, and how her ancestral foods instill in her a sense of connection to her homeland. She teaches Grace her four variations of rice & beans, how to cook cornmeal like a boss, and what old fashioned roller skates look like.

Macedonian Embroidered Peppers

Grace Pernecky

This December, Grace sits down with fellow mushroom hunter and farm friend Smilka Zdravkovska, and her daughter, Bojana, to chat about the Macedonian Embroidered pepper, an ancestral seed for their family. They journey from the intricacies of growing and using this pepper, all the way to the significance of their ancestral seeds and beyond.

Traditional Czech Comfort Food

Grace Pernecky

This month, we’re getting a taste of Czech cuisine via Grace’s wonderful mother, Sandy Pernecky. Grace delves into her own ancestral heritage and is deeply rewarded and fulfilled by what she finds.