The Peoples Cook hosts Viva La Poetry for Plus Poetry Festival

May 24, 2017



Mero Cocinero hosts Viva La Poetry, an afternoon of poetry, food, and good energy! Mero Cocinero will do his legendary cooking demonstration bringing joy and balance and political flair during the time of 45! and while he cooks, he will host 3 poets: from Houston Bayou City Slam Champion R.J. Wright, the illustrious and amazing Angela Olivia Guillory, and straight from San Francisco, appeared on Def Poetry Jam, and Revolutionario: North African Tacos favorite poet: Farid Karimi. The set starts at 4pm. The audience gets to create Energy they can eat after the poetry! Food! Poetry! Wow!


If you love to eat and laugh and think, come through! !…

Tell 5 friends! Tell your enemies. Tell The people you might be sleeping with or the people who friendzone you.


ThePeoplesCook Goes to The Smithsonian May 28 and 29th

May 26, 2016

That’s right. We are taking the LowRiderKitchenCart to the Smithsonian May 28th and May29th with Viva La Slow and Low, a interactive experience designed by Robert Karimi & ThePeoplesCook Project. Fun, joy, food, and chilling it out will be in order. Also special guests coming to cook and give the down low about issues of the day, giving us food for thought!


More info below:




About Viva La Slow & Low
by Robert Karimi & ThePeoplesCook Project

Viva La Slow and Low a trans-disciplinary installation/experience that honors low rider culture and cultural food memory as a metaphor to discuss how what we memorialize defines what nourishes us.

Central to the experience, The Low Rider Bicycle Kitchen Cart, designed by Robert Karimi for his ThePeoplesCook Project, as an homage to his hometown of Union City, CA, and was built so people could eat and cook together and dialogue with each other on important community issues. Karimi will serve food, prep with participants in the museum to slow down, connect to their roots, with each other, all in the service of community nourishment. We will have activities Saturday and Sunday to get people to chill, think, be together, remember their roots, and think about how their food and pace affects how they will vote in this year’s election.

Getting ready for the final performances in Florida June 1 and 2nd

May 26, 2016

That’s right we are getting ready for the final performances by the participants of ThePeoplesCook Project workshop.  It’s been an incredible 5 weeks, so much to say, so many good stories. The community here has been so supportive and there’s already talk of coming back. Here are some photos to whet your appetite for the fun!


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DreamCookDelicious begins!

Apr 26, 2016

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Last night the kitchen and gym at the 13th Avenue Dream Center was packed with people hungry for food as Mero Cocinero showed up and got the youth cooking and eating together with their families.

With an amazing Vegetable Curry, donated from Arts & Eats, our Veggies  a la Prince, roasted chicken, and the Youth Made Chocolate Mousse, there were smiles and full stomachs as we followed the balanced plate, shared stories, and met families of the community.

This is just Day 1 of the residency, with 6 weeks more!

For more information on the Dream. Cook. Delicious. residency Click HERE


DreamCookDelicious Residency April 25 – June 3rd in Palmetto and Bradenton, Florida

Apr 26, 2016

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The Peoples Cook Project is proud to announce ThePeoplesCook Project Residency

Dream. Cook. Delicious.

The Goal: The Peoples Cook Project will work with 13th Ave Dream Center and Palmetto Youth Center to enhance how they deliver healthy messaging and offer programming and workshops to spark cultural remembrance as act of balanced health.

What’s Happening:
Artistic Dir. Robert Karimi will be resident cook/artist for 6 weeks April 25- June 3, 2016, facilitate workshops with youth  and adults to create their own interactive food experience at both spaces. As his character Mero Cocinero, he will perform at 13th Ave. Cinco de Mayo celebration to get audience members to share cultural recipes & stories with each other through dancing and making a healthy cactus drink together, and at PYC, engage attendants at the weekly Saturday Yard Sales. He’ll serve as consultant for both organizationss to design a plan to expand how food is utilized in their daily operation.

Join us on Twitter, FaceBook, or search #ThePeoplesCook on Instagram to this page for more information. Or email us!

This residency generously sponsored by


Your moment of Revolutionary Spark

Feb 23, 2016

Watch The People making an afrodisiac together to a soundtrack you can dance to. Enjoy!


Check out Video from Charlotte Residency

May 14, 2015

Here’s a video from the 2015 Residency at the McColl Center. This gives you a sense what happen when The Peoples Cook project resides in a city for months and months.

Selena: How San Antonio Remembered Her

Mar 31, 2015

by Robert Karimi

Originally published in La Prensa de San Antonio 1995

The weather forecasters predicted partly cloudy skies last Thursday, but the sky was a dark grey last Friday. San Antonians coming from lunch, work, school or on the freeway were shocked when they heard Selena had been shot in Corpus Christi. “I thought she would pull through,” said one woman. No one expected…

Death. At 2:05 p.m. In Memorial Hospital. I think it started to rain here in San Antonio. With April Fool’s Day just around the corner, folks were hoping that someone was playing a trick on San Antonio, but when KXTN started playing continuos Selena hits. Bidi bid bom bom. Fotos y Recuerdos. And announced the vigil at Sunken Gardens around the same time KRIO announced their vigil at South Park Mall, the reality shattered the hearts of San Antonians as the Queen of the capital of la onda Tejana.

Car lights lined up through the streets outside Sunken Garden. Selena’s voice can be heard on everyone’s radio. Inside, hands, little and big, grab for thin white rose-like candles. Two huge Coca-cola posters of Selena stand onstage. An Amor Prohibido poster place on a huge block was placed center stage. All not the same as the real thing.

Many of the faces in the crowd were women. Young and old. Tears coming down. One mother and her daughter held up a sign, “Thank You, Selena.” KXTN Johnny Rodriguez asked fans to come up to the microphone to share their memories of Selena. Many women talked about the hope she provided. Her success was the goal of many, but also her generosity and openness was what many strove for as well. One woman said that Selena kept her relationship from ending. “My boyfriend used to say I danced provocatively and wanted to break up with me,” she said trying to fight back the tears. “When he saw Selena and how she danced…we stayed together.” Another young man said that a conversation with Selena changed his life. “We talked, and she said I should go back to school. I did and now I’m about to finish. I owe it all to Selena.”

KXTN had originally planned for a mariachi to perform, but the people kept coming and coming onstage. A man kneeling a prating in front of her poster was what was the catalyst. Towards, the end of the night there were more people onstage than in the seats. Everyone praying for and remembering Selena in their own way. Lighting a candle. Kissing her poster. Or as one woman, telling the world how she felt, she announced loudly onstage, “Selena was a role model for Hispanic women! Via los Hispanics! Viva Selena!”

It rained Monday. From drizzle to very hard. In Corpus there was a private funeral for Selena. In San Antonio, there was a public Mass at San Fernando’s Cathedral for Selena. At noon, hundreds packed the Cathedral. Many were wearing pink ribbons in her memory. A line formed afterwards people did signs of the cross and kissed a poster at the front of the cathedral. Many even remained for the rosary. Outside, Robert Chavez noted that he and 67 other cars caravaned to Corpus for the viewing of the body. He had made his Oldsmobile a memorial to Selena and said he hoped to drive with other across Texas in her memory. “She’ll always be a star with us,” he said.

By Tuesday, Selena Etc., Selena’s boutique on the 3700 block of Broadway Ave. had become a shrine to the Tejana star. Balloons. Flowers. Poems. Pictures. Art. All created their own mural on the walls of the boutique. Stranger, friends, and families came together. They spoke about her accomplishment. Old memories, and left at the boutique what they felt about her.

It was still cloudy. The continuous flow of people were not stopped by the rain. One woman said that the rain was “the angels crying up in heaven because they’re so happy Selena is singing for them.”

Now, the sun now shines in San Antonio. Tejano radio stations are playing their regular playlists. People are going to work. Some, cleaning the “we love you Selena” off their cars so they can see through their windows. Even the front entrance of Selena,Etc. has been cleaned off of flowers, pictures, looking as if it may open some…

Day. It’s a new day. We are without the physical Selena, but her spirit is locked into our hearts and minds. “It’s going to be hard to forgive Norma Saldivar, but its going to be harder to forget Selena,” said one man at Sunken Gardens. But the words of Ashley Urrabas, 6 say it best. Kneeling, holding the pen so she could write in her best handwriting wrote, “I will miss you Selena.” We will.