Cultural Capital, Winooski, VT

James McCoy

CDAE102 – Cultural capital

October 1, 2016

Cultural capital in Winooski, Vermont is defined by the many styles of dress, variety of economic backgrounds, and numerous incoming immigrants. Social interactions between the diverse residents of Winooski happen frequently at food centered events and places. Food is an important aspect of surface culture that affects the unspoken and unconscious rules throughout Winooski. Misery Loves Company, a restaurant in downtown Winooski, created an innovative food program for community organization.

Restaurants throughout Winooski, and the larger Burlington area, have been reforming their food sourcing and menu designs to stay competitive in the thriving restaurant industry. Bringing people together through food system reform, celebration, and conversation is part of the mission Aaron Josinsky has for Incubator (Pollak, 2015). Incubator is a kitchen space used by Misery Loves Company during the day, but is open for public use in the evening. Chefs, prospective businesses, community organizations, or any group with an interest in food are encouraged to reserve the space any evening. Being a unique asset to the Winooski community, Incubator can shape food culture and grow cultural capital.

Image 1. Taco Gordo food truck on Church Street Marketplace. Taco Gordo gained experience using Incubator to develop recipes and build customer base. Source: Church Street Marketplace

Image 1. Taco Gordo food truck on Church Street Marketplace. Taco Gordo gained experience using Incubator to develop recipes and build customer base. Source: Church Street Marketplace

Vermont Farm to Plate is an initiative started in 2010 by the Vermont Legislature to increase economic development through food systems reform. Chittenden county, in which Winooski subsists, had approximately 15,000 food systems jobs in 2015. Compared to the rest of Vermont, Chittenden country had the most food systems jobs in 2015 (Ross et al. 2015). Incubator is a valuable asset for Winooski residents to discuss how Winooski can play a role in redesigning a local and sustainable food system. Allowing the community to play a role in these important decisions gives Winooski a strong cultural capital.

Sources

Church Street Marketplace. (2015, April 28). Taco Gordo [Photograph]. NEW FOOD: Fast and Fresh Options on Church Street, Burlington.

Pollak, S. (2015, December 26). Incubator for food & thought coming to Winooski. Retrieved from http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/life/food/2015/12/26/incubator-food-thought-coming-winooski/77831898/

Ross, C., LaClair, J., & Leriche, L. (2015). Farm to Plate: Annual Report. Retrieved from http://www.vtfarmtoplate.com/uploads/FY15%20Farm%20to%20Plate%20Annual%20Report.pdf