A-Squared Festival 2018 Borders Pop-Up Dinner

Borders Pop-Up Dinner Event

Saturday 11/10 @ 5:30pm @ The Hungry Brain (2319 West Belmont)

Black Chicken Herbal Soup
Synsepalum dulcificum
Spratly Islands

From Borders Curator Giau Minh Truong…

❀The Venerable Abbot Setchō Jūken once said in verse:

It is easy to speak while high up a tree,

It is hard to speak while beneath a tree,

This old monk has climbed that tree,

So come on, ask your question!

*Shōbōgenzō: On Why Our Ancestral Master Came from the West

Borders: Pop-Up Dinner is a developing conceptual event that explores the fusion and diffusion of borders and the migration of people, ideas, visuals, food, and culture through the palate, the cartography of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, and human diseases.

Borders will have a curated menu of fruits, Southeast Asian inspired culinary dishes with herbs and ingredients focused on health benefits.

We will also provide an altering taste experience for a limited number of participants through the use of a Miracle Fruit(Synsepalum dulcificum).

There will be a cooking demonstration led by Mia Lahoz on how to make Black Chicken Herbal Soup.

Borders guests are asked to bring their own soup bowl that reflects your family, or ancestry, or evokes a memory of a person or a place – and we will ask everyone to share their bowl stories as we share the soup. (Please note: there will be a vegetarian option as well.)

Giau Minh Truong

Giau Minh Truong is a company member of A-Squared Theatre, the Director of Operations for Axis Lab, and an at-large artist for various performing arts companies in the Chicago area. For A-Squared, he co-curated the 2016 and 2017 A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festivals, he directed Ching Chong Chinaman, The Other Shore, and short plays for My Asian Mom, acted in Trial By Water, served as technical director for American Hwangap, and designed lights for The Wind Cries Mary. Giau’s other directorial credits include Downward Facing, Lights Out, Everybody, and Theatre of Women for Dream Theatre Company. He directed Sister Outlaw, Mr and Mrs LaQuesta Go Dancing, My Name is Flor Contemplacion, and I Dream Electric for CIRCA-Pintig, Chicago’s long-running Filipino American theatre company for which he served as artistic director from 2007 through 2012. Giau has also directed plays for James Downing Theatre Company and Theatre for a Change. He serves as a teaching artist and program manager for Storycatchers, stage manages with Chamber Opera Chicago, hosted the 2017 Chicago Home Theater Festival’s Albany Park performances and neighborhood tour, and is a resident designer and jack-of-all-trades for Links Hall.