UP Start entrepreneur, Curtis Washington, will be serving up comfort food with a twist this food truck season! Find That’s What’s Up at different locations in Syracuse starting this weekend with an appearance on Saturday at the Salt Market. Click here for all the details. To subscribe to the That’s What’s Up email list and get updates about Curtis’ business, visit our subscription page.
Last Saturday, we attended Culture, a 5-course meal featuring music, dance, and poetry from cultures around the world. It was a chance to fully experience and celebrate the talents and flavors alive in Syracuse thanks to the many resettled refugees in our area. The event was a fundraiser for Hopeprint, an organization that empowers resettled refugees to thrive through practicing hospitality, personalized mentorship, and community collaboration.
The evening unfolded with a spread of foods from Burma, Bhutan, Congo, Iraq, and Cuba, each dish introduced by a cultural performance from a member of Hopeprint’s network. The evening ended with a speech from Hopeprint’s Founder and Executive Director, Nicole Watts (one of our former guest bloggers), who celebrated the organization’s accomplishments over the last five years, emphasizing the power of connection that allows all of us to thrive. At the end, she challenged the crowd: “Everyone has a Hopeprint, where are you leaving yours?”
You can support Hopeprint’s work in a variety of different ways. Click here to learn more.
This Friday and Saturday, the spring Salt Market will pop up in our neighborhood! Stop by the St. Clare Theater (840 N. Salina Street) on Friday and Saturday to shop 25+ upstate makers and enjoy drinks, food, and live music. Here’s the weekend breakdown:
Friday, 5:00 – 9:00 PM
Along with all the vendors, this evening will also feature a selection of beer and wine, plus pizza from Toss ‘n’ Fire, a wood-fire food truck.
Saturday from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Vendors will still have their handmade wares for sale, but attendees can also grab a cup of coffee from Recess Coffee and enjoy comfort food with a twist from our UP Start entrepreneur, Curtis Washington and his food truck, That’s What’s Up.
This event is free and sponsored by our friends at Echo. For more details about what to expect, read the Syracuse Guru article, join the Facebook invite, or check out the Salt Market website.
Lock Alley mural, created by Echo.
“People want to interact with you, they want to know you. And that inspires people to do something here,” Joe Russo explains, siting some different moments he experienced as a child growing up in “Little Italy.” During the CNY Community Foundation‘s ”Northside Revealed” event, a panel made up of Joe (a “Nortsider” who writes about his memories of the neighborhood every month on our blog), Jai Subedi (a refugee from Bhutan and case manager for Interfaith Works), and business partners Laura Serway and Cindy Seymour (owners of Laci’s Tapas Bar and Laci’s Lunchbox), were brought together to discuss why they settled on the Northside and their different experiences in the neighborhood.
The panel discussion was just one part of the CNY Community Foundation’s event. A bus tour led by our director, Dominic Robinson with assistance from Nicole Watts of Hopeprint, began the event with an overview of the neighborhood’s history, the revitalization efforts by stakeholders in our community, and the challenges that the Northside still faces today. After the tour, attendees were invited into St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center where they enjoyed a spread of food from our emerging UP Start entrepreneurs: That’s What’s Up food truck and catering, Bhutan House Restaurant, and Aloha Japanese Bento Express. The evening ended with an introduction from Kathy Ruscitto (President and CEO of the Hospital), a panel discussion, and networking.
For more information about the event, check out the CNY Community Foundation’s blog post and photo gallery.
On this Earth Day, many people worldwide are doing their part to honor our earth and take actions to protect our environment. In Syracuse, we like to celebrate with an annual beautification initiative, Clean Up ‘Cuse, taking place this Saturday.
If you haven’t had a chance to sign up for the Northside clean up, there’s still time! We’ll be partnering with the Northeast Hawley Development Asssociation to focus on the Hawley-Green triangle, removing litter and weeds from parks and green spaces, parking lots, and sidewalks. Contact Mike (firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-1032) to get involved. Click here for all the details.
This Saturday, the Syracuse International Film Festival‘s Spring Fest will bring several films to the Palace Theater (2384 James Street), including a documentary by Sam Avery, entitled Northside, at 4:30 PM. The film explores the comparative experiences of new Americans who have settled in our neighborhood over the last 100 years and questions the politics of space, memory, and belonging. Following the film, there will be a panel discussion with representatives from Interfaith Works. View the trailer below.
For more information about this event, join the Facebook invite here or check out the film’s website. For a complete list of films for the weekend, click here.
“Our world is rooted in globalism and when multiculturalism isn’t in a city, it’s not a place many of us what to live.” - Dominic Robinson
Last week our Director, Dominic, along with Beth Broadway and Jay Subedi (Interfaith Works), Linda Green (Newland Center), and Chol Awan Majok (Syracuse Mayor’s Office) came together to discuss the opportunity and challenges associated with multiculturalism in Syracuse.
“We’re fortunate,” Jai explains when talking about our city. “I have a neighbor from Yemen, from Iraq.” This feeling of diversity was also voiced by Chol who emphasizes, “We are all of us connected.” It’s important to celebrate multiculturalism — after all, “it’s fun” Dominic reminds us — but it must be embraced “across the spectrum.” Much of the discussion centered on stereotypes in our culture and the need to break those down. Beth calls for the creation of “deliberate places for people to interact” and Dominic made a point to highlight one important opportunity in our city: “where economic vitality is predicated on multiculturalism.”
The evening ended with questions and comments from an engaged audience. To learn more about the Chirst the King Conversation Series, visit their website.
Each Spring, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center (SJHHC) visits Northside businesses to hang posters and flags for Donate Life month. This awareness campaign encourages the community to register as an organ donor in NY state and aligns the Hospital with the many business owners who help by displaying the message in their storefronts. To learn more about organ and tissue donation, click here.