Arlington Food Memories

Food & Community

Walter Tejada shares a story. Community leaders gathered to discuss food and community traditions at the home of John Andelin and Ginger Geoffrey in Arlington, Virginia.
Pat Jarrett/VFH Staff
Walter Tejada shares a story. Community leaders gathered to discuss food and community traditions at the home of John Andelin and Ginger Geoffrey in Arlington, Virginia. Pat Jarrett/VFH Staff

Arlington County is the smallest county in Virginia geographically, but it may be the most diverse. Its Columbia Pike region has been called “the world in a zip code.” Close to 30 percent of its residents are foreign-born, and its Latino population has increased a startling 98 percent since 2000. In these video clips, Arlington residents from around the world and locally reminisce about food traditions from their homelands and families, reminding us how food ties us to our heritage and also changes as we adapt to new places and ideas.