In an article titled "Uno de los platillos mâs antiguos de México"/"One of the Oldest dishes in Mexico," Mexican journalist Angel Placencia interviews Producer Sarah Borealis and Producer/Director Arturo Juárez about their film, "El Sendero del Caldo de Piedra,"/ "The Path of Stone Soup," and how it helps shed light on some of the rich and varied gastronomic traditions practiced in Mesoamerica prior to the arrival of Europeans.
In November 2016, Banda Ancha collaborated with Lura Belle Productions, Vaughan's Lounge, Anna Marie Seafood, Lirette Selections, NOCCA Culinary Arts, local musicians, neighbors and lovers of indigenous culture to produce the 3rd annual Stone Soup Pop Up in Bywater. All four nights of the event were filled with love, learning, and a collective commitment to focus on building more transnational cultural bridges in 2017.
Stone Soup featured on the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
Television personality Andrew Zimmern visits chef César Gachupin de Díos, co producer of "The Path of Stone Soup," in his Oaxaca family restaurant (8 min 14 sec) in this clip from "Bizarre Foods." The episode also features licensed excerpts from "The Path of Stone Soup" to emphasize the importance of protecting the Papaloapan River basin, the birthplace of stone soup. Plans for a hydroelectric dam currently threaten to flood the roots of this culinary tradition that has been preserved for hundreds if not thousands of years by the Chinantec people.
National Geographic's Rachel Link produced this excellent interview about the culinary traditions represented in the documentary "The Path of Stone Soup." In this installment of "The Plate," we learn how the Chinantec recipe for stone soup corresponds to a popular fable that appears in many different cultures around the world.
The Path of Stone Soup Screened in San Felipe Usila
Banda Ancha Producer Sarah Borealis traveled to the Papaloapan river basin to screen "The Path of Stone Soup" with a team of activists including the film's Director, Arturo Juarez and his father Dr. Cuauhtemoc Juarez, Environmentalist Wilma Mendez and her daughter, Azul, several Oaxaca based journalists, and the intrepid kings of "guerilla" production under insurmountable odds, Ojo de Agua Comunicacion. The Gachupin de Dios family hosted us as we produced a community screening and meeting that highlighted the medical, cultural and environmental risks of constructing another hydroelectic dam in the area. The effects of an earlier dam included the relocation of many members of the Chinantec population, which has drastically affected the preservation of language and traditions in the entire river basin.