Multicultural Week 2020

Culture and Connection in the Kitchen

In all cultures, storytelling evolves from the culinary experiences of people preparing and enjoying food.  These stories act like cultural recipes, guiding us and helping make sense of who we are as members of our communities, as families, or members of our institutions.  In honor of Multicultural Day 2020, we invite you to submit a cooking story of culture and connectivity.  Share stories of how you and your culture celebrate milestones, weather struggles, express gratitude, welcome newcomers, enjoy each other’s company or display any number of human emotions and experiences through food and cooking.

Schedule of Live Events

Monday, 10/19 | 11am — 12pm PST | Culture and Connection in the Kitchen Kick-off

Join UCOP leaders and affinity group members will share their favorite food and family memories during a live Zoom event. We will also be sharing the ingredients of our Mystery Ingredient Challenge. Guests include:

  • Rachael Nava, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Candace Sue, Associate Vice President of Communications, Marketing, and Media Relations
  • Employee Engagement and Diversity Group
  • UCOP affinity groups: Asian and Pacific Islander Staff Association (APISA), Black Staff and Faculty Organization (BSFO), Crafts Group, Latino Staff Association (LaSA), Native American, Indigenous and Pacific Islander Staff Association (NAIPISA), President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (PACSW), Sustainability Affinity Group, UCOP Pride and OP Staff Assembly

Tuesday, 10/20 — Thursday, 10/22 | Video recipes from UCOP staff

Scroll below to watch early video recipe submissions from your colleagues at UCOP. Check back throughout the week for updated content!

Friday, 10/23 | 11am — 12pm PST | Beekeeping with Dr. Byington and Mystery Ingredient Challenge Judging

Join us for a live Zoom event with Executive Vice President and Head of UC Health Dr. Carrie L. Byington who will share a story about her experiences as a beekeeper. Then, we’ll begin the Mystery Ingredient Challenge: Contestants will reveal their recipes and a winner will be announced!

How to Participate in Multicultural Week

UCOP Food Resource List

We want everyone to participate in Culture and Connection in the Kitchen. For those that would like additional information on acquiring food items to participate, we have compiled a list of food resources located in common UCOP-counties (including Alameda, Riverside, Sacramento, Washington, DC).

Mystery Ingredient Challenge

Inspired by the popular Food Network Show “Chopped,” UCOP affinity groups have selected five ingredients for contestants to showcase their cooking creativity and storytelling genius. The ingredients will be revealed during our Multicultural Day Event on Oct. 19 (see above). The winner of this year’s contest will get bragging rights and to keep the Special UCOP Chef Hat trophy for one year!

Contest rules

  • Recipes must include all five ingredients
  • Recipes must be able to be replicated in 20 minutes or less
  • Contestants must include a creative story that shares why these ingredients work (or how they developed the recipe given these ingredients)
  • Contestants must either attend the Friday, Oct. 23 event to share their story live or submit a pre-recorded 5-minute video.
  • If you plan to participate, send your name, email and department to
  • Contestants must submit the entry form (PDF) with a photo or pre-recorded 5-minute video no later than 5 p.m. (PT) on Thursday, Oct. 22.

Entries will be judged on:

  • Creativity
  • Use of all or most of the ingredients
  • Connection of recipe to contestant story
  • Visual appeal

Share your recipes for the UCOP Culture and Connection in the Kitchen Cookbook

Contribute to our UCOP culture and community by submitting your favorite story and recipe! Download the entry form (PDF) ubmissions for the UCOP Culture and Connection in the Kitchen Cookbook will be accepted through Oct. 30. Details are available in last week’s Link article.

For questions regarding the event, competition or cookbook, please email

Amiee Chang's Stir-Fried Greens

Amiee Chang's stir-fried greens recipe

Dolan-Wittmer Family's Spinach Quiche

Download Dolan-Wittmer family's spinach quiche recipe



Patricia Osorio-O’Dea’s empanada de queso 

Patricia Osorio-O’Dea’s empanada de queso recipe


Rachael Nava's Vasilopita

Rachael Nava's vasilopita recipe


Tony Yang's Egg Drop Soup

Tony Yang's egg drop soup recipe


UCOP Sustainability Affinity Group

Chicken soup, carrot top pesto, flautas de pollo, potato-skin chips, goat cheese and onion pizza recipes