I was in Sheboygan a few months ago, doing preliminary work for the Culinary Art Car project at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. The project is to build a culinary art car, and then activate it with the community as it becomes a symbol of community well-being.
Working with visual artist MacMaker, and JMKAC’s Andrea Avery, we made a lot of visits to folks that will be potential partners. It was super exciting. More details in the coming months.
A long time ago, my mom gave me a Betty Crocker cookbook. I never understood why. It was as if this was my passport to “America”: the place that represented the manifest destiny for immigrants in the United States. The Betty Crocker cookbook was my survival kit.
Every recipe tested by Betty. Who was Betty? In the 70s I thought Rosalind Carter was Betty. In the 80s 90s maybe it was Mrs. Bush. She was the ultimate white woman who would make sure the other white people wouldn’t be mean, no one would be micro– aggressively handling you, she would even save you from racist cops mistreating you. Betty was the ultimate white liberal savior that would save you from making that faux pas at the kitchen table and beyond.
I don’t know if that was General Mills’ plan. But Betty would just whisper: “My dear, make these recipes, learn these tricks and everything’s going to be okay.”
Today, I’m going to the home of Betty Crocker. I wonder if she is going to be there waiting for me. If she’s going to have more tips. Maybe she can has a recipe to deal with injustice or heartbreak or what to do when you are trying to bring people together, maybe there’s a new book. I hope she remembers the little teenager who read her pages religiously – hers was the first manual I had to learn to understand the United States.
This is not a glorious nostalgic memory. Betty’s recipes not the tastiest, or the spiciest. They didn’t replace grandmas’. But, they didn’t taste like… Mom’s. Wait, a minute, they did. What’s going on here? Betty! Betty! Betty? I have some questions!
Thank you San José for a wonderful residency!
We came to your community to see if we could actually get the community to make love through cooking and eating together, and we did it!! That’s right! We created the energy of love that nourishes all communities with workshops, demonstrations in high schools, and remixed black panther breakfast party for valentines day to connect us all to the idea that love is the most revolutionary act, and nothing says valentines day like the black panther free breakfast back in the day in san leandro, califas!
And if you are looking for the recipes –> they should be on the right hand side of the screen,===>>
if not, go to resources!
If you haven’t seen it live, the LowRider Kitchen Cart: CounterRevolutionaria, created by ThePeoplesCook Robert Karimi is on display at the San José Museum of Art until April 20th, where it will head out to parts unknown.
The Cart was created by Karimi after going to South America and Asia in 2013. He was commissioned by the Museum to create the cart for a performance, and Karimi wanted something that would go with ThePeoplesCook mission – to get people to cook and eat together, so he worked with VisionScenery’s Fernando Lau to create a bike that people can cook on, and that will aid anybody trying to cook together as a community with feeding the People. All they have to do is call Mero Cocinero and the ThePeoplesCook crew to come out and save the day.
Check this cart out live before it takes off to the next Raider tailgate party or down the streets of San Antonio during Easter cooking barbacoa or soy chorizo tacos with the People.
Thank you; thank you!! to the 160 comrades who donated to our campaign for Viva La Soul Power in Chicago. Your support and all the good energy worldwide made it one of the most successful residencies in ThePeoplesCook histories. More stories, photos, and videos to come. Just wanted to let you know how grateful we are for all our comrades.
It’s not too late! You can attend Viva La Soul Power tonight at the Hokin Gallery!
Our stay so far has been amazing! We’ve shared stories, eaten fantastic food, and built a stronger community.
Tonight is the last night of the show, but our gallery will be open for another week.
For tickets to tonight’s show, visit: http://vivalasoulpower.eventbrite.com/
Here’s a glimpse of the show:
Although our month long residency here in Chicago has just begun, we’ve been asking the good people here,
What Nourishes You?
The response from the community, event attendees, and people on the street has been amazing!
Just take a look at what others are saying!
Today is the day!
The Opening Reception of Viva la Soul Power!
After weeks of hard work the opening reception is finally here! Join us for an evening of interactive art, food and community! Plus it’s free!
Thursday Oct. 17 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Hokin Gallery – 623 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
What is Viva la Soul Power?
¡Viva la Soul Power! is a PopUp Performance Cocina where every day is Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Set inside an interactive gallery installation, ¡Viva la Soul Power! is a live show featuring Mero Cocinero & his culinary comrades from The Peoples Cook crew. Audiences are treated to an evening of humor, storytelling & antics and will enjoy a full meal.
Can’t attend tonight?
View all of our upcoming events!
YOU get the hook up!!
Get your FREE tickets for the Viva La Soul Power Pop-Up Cocina. There are only 50 seats a night for the 5 course, interactive, comedy cooking pop-up cocina!
Dates: Oct. 24, 25, 26, & 31, Nov. 2, 5, 6, 7.
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This hook up is made possible by CCAP, The Walton Foundation, and the donors of the Viva La Soul Power in Chicago campaign! Together we cook!