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Photo from the Working For Food Facebook event page.

Deconstructing food through one’s lens

By Apartment613 on June 6, 2016

Post by Geneviève Gazaille.

If you were to deconstruct a dish, what would you see? People. And stories. It was back in 2012 when shooting a video at Mariposa Farm that the people behind Working for Food came up with the idea of using the concept of a plate to “deconstruct it so people could see where all these local foods come from and the stories behind them”, says filmmaker Mike McKay, co-creator of the multimedia project. With sister Jessie Duffy, owner of Wilf & Ada’s and Arlington Five, he wanted to “explore the connections in local food throughout the Ottawa area”.

Indeed, the word connection is key. For instance, if the adventure started at Mariposa with a profile on farmer Ian Walker, it also ended there with another one on partner Suzanne Lavoie.

Behind the scenes footage. Photo courtesy of Mike McKay.

Behind the scenes footage. Photo courtesy of Mike McKay.

From a documentary web series, the journey evolved into a photography project, to which words were added when stories were published in Edible Ottawa. A total of six episodes and profiles were produced, and numerous pictures were taken by a motivated group of writers, photographers and filmmakers, each featuring an actor of the Ottawa food scene.

On Tuesday, June 7, the team behind Working for Food is welcoming folks to their open house at Arlington Five. From 5pm to 9pm, people are invited to stop by the café to check out the photo exhibit, be amongst the first to view an episode from the documentary series and enjoy great food and drinks by the very people profiled in the series.

Entrance is free but the proceeds from the sale of food, beer and photos will go towards supporting the project. Mike hopes to create new episodes this fall.

If you’re not able to make it to the event, check out Mike McKay’s Vimeo account in the coming weeks where the series will be made public.

The Working For Food Open House is happening tomorrow night, June 7 2016, from 5pm-9pm at Arlington Five (5 Arlington St.) No need to RSVP for the event but you may want to check out Working for Food’s Facebook page.