Thanks to our patrons, P&P is now entirely reader supported!  You have made a huge financial goal possible by connecting with the Community of Conscious Consumers (C3)!  (Check the link to learn more.)

We would first like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all our patrons.  Moving forward, we hope to continue producing the stellar content that you enjoy.  We are also looking to expand our team of writers to bring you even more awesome content.  P&P is still making plans for the monthly video update series and will keep you posted on its status.  Furthermore, we are making strides everyday on improving site and post readability.  Our time here at the Pepperfield Project is soon coming to a close.  We’re keeping the future of P&P (slightly) under wraps, but rest assured, things will be fantastic!

September 2018 AMA

Topic/Focus

We are leaving the floor open to any topic. Please note that your questions (and our responses) will be featured the following day as post for the entire C3 at Pans & Perspective to see.

Frequently Asked Questions

“How do I ask a question?”

Please post your question below as a comment. We are standing-by to give a nearly instantaneous reply to your questions. Don’t be afraid to ask away, but try to keep topics separate. For example, if you want to ask about what were working on for the week and what Nathan’s favorite food is, post it is as two comments. (But asking our inspiration for a recipe and how to execute it would go great as a single comment.)

“Is anything off-limits?”

Even though this is an AMA session, we’d like to avoid polarizing topics. Favorite chef knife, game on – political preferences, not so much.

“Are there any stupid questions?”

There’s no stupid questions, just stupid people. In all seriousness, we hope to use these sessions to educate you and the other members of the C3 about P&P and food. We want this to be a relaxed setting where it almost seems as if were sitting across from you giving responses. In short, there are no stupid questions (or stupid people for that matter).

“What are the rules?”

Very simple: have fun and learn. We have a strict policy against inappropriate language; this includes, but is not limited too verbal discrimination – hate speech, racism or otherwise – verbal abuse or toxic behavior and intense profanity; we know that these can be used as “sentence enhancers” but we like to keep it clean for all our readers.

“How do i participate in the next AMA?”

We reserve this privilege for our patrons. But it’s extended to even the lowest tier of donation. Check out how to join the C3 and our AMAs here.

“When will you host the next AMA?”

As of right now the date is still up in the air. We want to get it down to a specific date each month. (That’s right, this may be the first, but it isn’t the last.)

August 2018 AMA

Topic/Focus

Since this is our first AMA session we are leaving the floor open to any topic. Please note that your questions (and our responses) will be featured the following day as post for the entire C3 at Pans & Perspective to see.

Frequently Asked Questions

“How do I ask a question?”

Please post your question below as a comment. We are standing-by to give a nearly instantaneous reply to your questions. Don’t be afraid to ask away, but try to keep topics seperate. For example, if you want to ask about what were working on for the week and what Nathan’s favorite food is, post it is as two comments. (But asking our inspiration for a recipe and how to execute it would go great as a single comment.)

“Is anything off-limits?”

Even though this is an AMA session, we’d like to avoid polarizing topics. Favorite chef knife, game on – political preferences, not so much.

“Are there any stupid questions?”

There’s no stupid questions, just stupid people. In all seriousness, we hope to use these sessions to educate you and the other members of the C3 about P&P and food. We want this to be a relaxed setting where it almost seems as if were sitting across from you giving responses. In short, there are no stupid questions (or stupid people for that matter).

“What are the rules?”

Very simple: have fun and learn. We have a strict policy against inappropriate language; this includes, but is not limited too verbal discrimination – hate speech, racism or otherwise – verbal abuse or toxic behavior and intense profanity; we know that these can be used as “sentence enhancers” but we like to keep it clean for all our readers.

“How do i participate in the next AMA?”

We reserve this privilege for our patrons. But it’s extended to even the lowest tier of donation. Check out how to join the C3 and our AMAs here.

“When will you host the next AMA?”

As of right now the date is still up in the air. We want to get it down to a specific date each month. (That’s right, this may be the first, but it isn’t the last.)

AMA Session Update!

We are planning to host the AMA session next week on August 27th, 18.00-20.00 Central Time. There will be a post titled appropriately and patrons will be given a password to join the post. Don’t worry if you can’t make it; the post will be open to the public to view after the session is complete. We hope to have some great discussions about food and anything else that might be on your mind.

Want to learn more about how to become a patron and participate in these AMA sessions? Check out our patreon page and discover how to connect with the C3! See you then.

We’ve Started a Patreon Campagin!

Have you noticed the “shout-outs” to new patrons? It’s our way of saying thanks to some of the awesome people who have made pledges to Pans & Perspective.

You too can connect with the Community of Conscious Consumers by making a pledge. Plus, you’ll get some of the cool perks too. Some of the benefits of becoming a patron include:

  • Chances to participate in monthly AMA (ask me anything) sessions
  • Early access to content
  • Opportunities to have your comments featured or start discussions
  • A small custom thank-you with P&P swag
  • A shout-out on the blog
  • Featuring of your content and creations
  • Notification and a one time discounted access to one of our exclusive dining events (where applicable)

The best part is you can decide your involvement with the C3! Our unique tiers offer everyone a chance to show their love; your tier will determine which of these fantastic benefits you recieve.

This month we will host our first AMA session. Patrons will be able to hold and open discussion with us to learn more about P&P. The date will be announced later, but don’t worry if you can’t make it, we will post the whole session right here.

To find out more about connecting with the C3 and these awesome opportunities visit our patreon page.

Shout-out to our New Patrons

Pans & Perspective extends a heartfelt thank-you to four outstanding members of the C3!

William Buckley

Bill and Karen Shorr

Cindy Scaruffi Klispie

Each of them have made contributions to P&P through Patreon. Find out how to do the same here!

What is Village Fire?

Last week I indirectly participated in a unique event. My capacity was significantly food related by I still witnessed many amazing things at the event.

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Village Fire is an annual four day event that takes place in the driftless region of Decorah Iowa. It is an “intergenerational” gathering of individuals who come together to sing, dance and create. Each day as I walked from my car to the kitchen I observed basket weaving, wood carving, percussion and song circles and much more. When I first signed on to help cater this event I had been warned that this crowd was unique, that was an understatement; a plethora of dietary restrictions, openess to all things – nudity, LGBTQ and more – people in wizard shirts, just to name some of the traits I witnessed. I began to get a better sense of the demographic as I spoke to the volunteers and participants.

People had come from across the United States, California to the Appalachians, some had biked – to conserve fossil fuel use or even just because of the enjoyment of the sport – many people camped out on site and everyone was genuinely kind. They were the kind of people who promoted their psychic abilities, got lost during a conversation only to stare deep into your soul and ate honey of spoons rather than put it in their tea. They lived on sustainable farms, cooked off the land, prioritized reducing environmental impact and sought to better themselves in the body, mind and spirit. (Oh wait that’s me, but I wasn’t alone.) Needless to say, I fit right in, and much to my surprise I loved it. I was able to share my stories and experiences here at Pepperfield as well as my Food Philosophy to a crowd that was very receiving.

Village fire was such a valuable experience for me on so many levels. It gave me new insights towards my future in food. I worked with some fantastic people in a great environment and thoroughly enjoyed myself. As I mentioned in the week 10 post there were even a few times where the kitchen felt busy. The atmosphere came alive and it was a living example of Stress vs Pressure. I went through a perspective shift of what the kitchen environment was (and what it could be). This was in part due to the awesome chef I worked with, Ruth Hampton. She too has a food philosophy, chants and recites mantras while cooking and shares some of food ethics as well. (I have an interview scheduled and I am very excited!) I also began to see new parts of myself and what I hope to achieve. Sharing my Food Philosophy to a receiving audience was so rewarding. I was promoting something that, not only am I passionate about, but sharing a set of beliefs that I truly stand behind. I experienced many of the same sentiments I encounter when I share my stories and these beliefs with you. This whole event left me more awake, refreshed, excited and very optimistic towards the future.

I can’t fully explain what the event was with just words, hopefully this will do it some justice.

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