About

Cultures Capsules is on a mission
to celebrate our unique human stories,
told in a way that takes us beyond words,
and beyond categorization.

Jason Vance Appalachia playing spoons and singing in front of an audience
jason vance’s appalachia

What’s it all about?

food + music + stories.

These three elements are deeply important to humans around the globe. They are our common language, even as they simultaneously mark our uniqueness.

Using these elements as our storytelling mediums allows us to create portraits that take us beyond language, beyond borders, beyond categorization, and promote connection.

syrian brunch feast
syrian brunch feast

And – spoiler alert! – what we start to find is that we have a lot more in common that we might think!

Where did it begin?

It began simply as a place to capture and share the recipes, playlists and surrounding stories celebrated around our own table, and at the table of friends.

And then we began to see that what we were capturing represented a form of storytelling that we think the world could use right now.

Tunisan home-cooked feast briq, salade

… and then it went further.

A nurse asked my seven year old daughter to provide her religion.

We answered “Catholic & Hindu,” as these are the traditions we practice, in parallel, at home. The nurse’s response?

My daughter would be marked as “Other.” 

Other?

Today’s society is using some pretty oversimplified demographic boxes.

And beyond the fact that from a human perspective this is dismissive and non-descriptive, it also completely defeats the purpose of why it was asked in the first place: to make a note of which type of religious leader to send, should something go horribly wrong in the hospital.

In other words, our actual response meant I wanted both a priest and a swami to come, but I was only allowed to choose one. Or choose just “other” which meant no-one would come…


Why are we expected to just be one thing?

Why are we still trying to put ourselves – and others – into boxes that no longer suit us?

Yes, as humans our brains have evolved to use categorizations to help us make sense of the world around us. But in today’s world, these oversimplifications (like boxes on hospital forms or any other demographics request) serve to underscore what we see in our day-to-day lives.

top view of diners dipping baguette into a pot of fondue and all the proper dipping items. and french red wine.
fondue at one of our “à table” weekly french dinners.

They’re in stark contrast to the reality that: most of us are living across, amidst, or maybe completely outside these boxes.  

My wish is for Cultures Capsules to be an antidote to this.

So let’s dance and eat and toast together — to a world that’s far too openhearted to ever check “other.”

Megs K., Creator of Cultures Capsules

Join me in my self-portrait… or, better yet, go explore stories from around the world.

“What Megs has created is truly unique, and to my knowledge, not quite found anywhere else.”

Amy W., Brooklyn

Note from Megs: To me, the most important part of this project is that these stories are accessible to all, for free, around the globe.

The capturing of these stories takes a lot of time, effort and also money (recipe testing, editing stories, curating playlists, etc.), so we have added ads and some Amazon Associate links to begin to help defray these costs, and continuing to add to our rich stories captured here.


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