Brooklyn, New York.
Aurore Ballengée’s work deals with issues of food sustainability and nutrition. Born in France, she grew up with the luxury of daily homemade meals made from fresh food bought inexpensively at the neighborhood’s farmers market. Only when she moved to New York in 2005 did she realize that access to real food was not a birthright. After years of researching and educating herself about food and environmental issues, she decided to use her knowledge to help others access real, nutritious food that also respects our planet.
In 2014, she ran Real Food workshops: at Smack Mellon (Brooklyn, NY), as part of the Foodshed exhibition, on ecological and health issues related to foods often considered as healthy; at Cornell University’s Johnson Museum of Art (Ithaca, NY) and McColl Center for Art and Innovation (Charlotte, NC) on the positive environmental impact of insects and entomophagy; at Bruns Academy (Charlotte, NC) and The Sanctuary for Independent Media (Troy, NY), where she introduced grade school children to real food options; and at the Queens Library (Queens, NY) and Museum Het Domein (Sittard, Netherlands), on yogurt making and fermentation techniques; and others.