Portion Plates Setting
 Portion Plates Setting
 Portion Plates Setting
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  Measuring portion sizes with lentils to account for shrinkage.
   
  
 
  
  Some of the ingredients used to cook our first meal together.
   
  
 
  
  Nine place settings ready for our first dinner together.
   
  
 
  
  Portion Plates Setting ready for our first dinner together.
   
  
 
  
  Our first meal was conceptualized by  Sarah Beadle , an artist who uses food as a medium and fellow resident at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. Each dish was inspired by what local birds, bees, and butterflies eat. The drink was red clover, elderflower, and mint.
   
  
 
  
  Passing food and serving each other as our first meal begins.
   
  
 
  
  Serving each other as our first meal begins.
   
  
 
  
  Passing plates and serving each other as our first meal begins.
   
  
 
  
  Sabrina serves herself kale Cesar salad, the first time she’s ever eaten kale.
   
  
 
  
  Todd enjoys some of his red clover, elderflower, and mint drink.
   
  
 
  
  Lauren eating from her portion plates for the first time during our shared meal.
   
  
 
  
  Alison and Linda enjoying the community we are building.
   
  
 
  
  Amy sharing about her family during our first meal together.
   
  
 
  
  Alita enjoying the community we are building.
   
  
 
  
  Sharing sustenance and community.
   
  
 
  
  Each day we posted about our meal experiences in our blog. As a resident at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts I lived alone and ate the majority of meals while reading a magazine. The dishes allowed us to measure how much we ate as we served ourselves.
   
  
 
  
  Everything we ate from Nov 10 - Dec 10, 2015 was from the dishes. We even took them out to restaurants so that we could still serve ourselves and have control over how much we consumed.
   
  
 
  
  We served ourselves carry out or prepared food on our Portion Plates to help us make conscious choices about what we ate.
   
  
 
  
  Linda and Lauren share lunch together during the month of our Portion Plates project. One thing became evident to us – Community is a huge factor in our dining experience, our self-awareness, and ability to slow down.
   
  
 
  
  Over Thanksgiving we ate from our Portion Plates. Although I was going to let myself eat as much as I wanted by going back for seconds I found myself satisfied after one serving. Had I piled my plate with more to start with I would have undoubtedly eaten more. We also found the reverse to happen – people started filling their large bowl with salad to eat more healthy foods.
   
  
 
  
  Bemis residents shared Thanksgiving dinner together. Per the project, I brought and ate from my portion plates setting.
   
  
 
  
  Amy and Todd at our final potluck dinner together.
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