A Space for Savoring


About Christine Rai:

Christine Rai is a college professor in the Washington, D.C. area with a passion for food studies and experiential learning. A food nerd, she loves learning more in her kitchen, garden, and travels. Above all, Christine enjoys sharing adventures with her husband and two daughters.

Christine is available for consulting, teaching, and leading travel experiences. Fill out the contact form to get in touch.

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One of Christine’s central passions is food: tasting, cooking, and growing. She enjoys cooking vegan and non-vegan dishes inspired by her travels and visits to international groceries. Christine has been working on and off for a few years on developing Sunny Sauce, her own hot sauce made from peppers and herbs grown in her garden.

An early incarnation of Christine’s potager, planted with herbs, vegetables, flowers, and fruit.


Christine’s love for travel was sparked at an early age by family travels across the US in a motorhome and her older brother’s entrancing tales of travel to Hong Kong. She enjoys traveling domestically with her family while seeking authentic experiences. In 2016 Christine traveled to Rome, Italy for a study abroad leader training and to France for a short term study abroad experience with a group of 15 from her college. She is currently planning a faculty and staff trip to Cuba in 2018 and a college-wide trip to Italy in 2019.

At a cafe with study abroad students in the Marais neighborhood of Paris


Teaching is a key part of Christine’s identity; she has been an educator for 17 years and has taught preschool, middle school, high school, college, professional development, and modeling. She utilizes a student-centered, active learning model, guided by principles of Universal Design. Christine infuses experiential learning opportunities in all her classes, including service learning, field trips, and cooking demonstrations.

Christine’s food-themed English 101 class on a field trip to Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in NY.


“Crisafulli’s Hosts ‘Book Tasting’ to Explore French Cheeses”

“A Living History: Lavender Then and Now Tells a Tantalizing Tale”

Recap: 6th Annual Omid Foundation Gala in Washington, DC 

“FCC Group Donates Nearly 900 Items to Rescue Mission”

“FCC Class Pairs Literature and Film with Experiential Learning”

Awards & Honors

Meatless Monday official blogger, 2018

Graduating class commencement presenter, Frederick Community College, 2017

Dr. Carol Eaton Innovation Award, Frederick Community College, 2016

Outstanding Part Time Faculty Award, Montgomery College, 2014

S.O.S. Creativity and Innovation Award, Montgomery College, 2012


“Outside the Classroom and Beyond the Campus: Community-Based Experiential Education” NISOD Innovation Abstracts, 2016