What is MAP?

My American Pantry ( MAP) is an interactive atlas of American artisan food and drink. We are embarking a big project to map artisans around the country and documenting the amazing products that we all invent and create. In our opinion, you represent the new American table and the American terroir from which it comes. That's what we celebrate here. Nature and creativity are our muse. The photos will be part of a giant tapestry spanning the country and a beautiful atlas of discovery. We will provide a space where visitors can learn, inspire, share, and shop American made artisan wonders in one beautiful and inspired place. You will find videos, recipes and stories of the amazing artisans around the country.

Bio:

Andrea Blum is a storyteller from the things she makes through art, food, design and writing. Her passion for food ignited when she moved to Italy where she studied fresco painting and restoration while living on a farm. There she learned the story, art and cultural significance of food and its intersection with the arts that would quickly become part of a lifelong fascination. She spent her time exploring the intimacy of the Italian food world, with mothers, grandmothers, master cheesemakers, and artisans.

Andrea traded her paintbrush for pen, graduating from Columbia University in Journalism with awards in social justice reporting. She has since worked as reporter covering the environment in Northern California. But she also stayed close to her passion for food, writing for newspapers and magazines such Gourmet and Saveur and hosting tours to discover Italian regional foods and is currently the culinary artist in residence at the Montalvo Arts Center in Silicon Valley. She is a former fellow of Autodesk's artist in residency program in San Francisco.

Andrea’s interests have always been related to geography — she seeks to discover the stories each dish can tell whether it’s from the highlands of Tibet or in remote villages in Turkey. My American Pantry (MAP) is an extension of her geographic quest to follow food back to where it’s made. Only this time, she has chosen to focus on American artisan food, its rebirth, its makers and its terroir.