14-coverrr“You are what you eat.” This oft-repeated expression reflects our cultural connections to food as a part of our identity.

We hold onto that identity in the heirloom recipes passed down through the generations in our families. We manifest that identity in our kitchens and through the preparation of dishes that reflect our current lifestyle and our upbringing. We share that identity with others who gather at our tables in the company of good friends and good food.

Food does more than nourish ourselves alone; it also nourishes a community.

You don’t need to look farther than downtown York to witness this nourishment taking place here each day. Sample it in the cafés and at Central Market; savor it at any one of the growing base of restaurants that call Beaver, Market and George streets home. Explore it being planted, nurtured and harvested in the city’s rural surroundings of York County.

Food is nourishing York’s revitalization. A rich collage of cuisines has placed the city on the map as a food destination to explore in Central Pennsylvania. Food is giving rise to career opportunities in York for everyone from college students to seasoned professionals.

American labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez once observed, “If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him … the people who give you their food give you their heart.”

In this fall edition of YRK, you’ll encounter the heart of our York community through the food and drink of the people who live here, work here and serve here. #NourishedbyCommunity