Pilot Program 2012: Workshop 2: Frameworks for Collaboration

What is a dinner without the guests? Who are we going to invite and are they even going to be able to talk to each other?

During this session of Blank Plate, we gathered together in the kitchen to brainstorm our guest list. Using an activity that was part game and part discussion, we created a pool of cards based on questions we asked ourselves like:  what would you cook for someone you wanted to impress? or when was the last time you shared something you ate with someone? or have you ever wanted to eat something you weren't supposed to?

We drew on the cards who is was were were keen to invite. We shared our ideas with one another and through discussion and multiple arrangements of our cards we came to the conclusion that we could indeed invite people from all kinds of walks of life to eat together as a community. Even if all the moms sat at their own table!

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Design. Cook. Transform. Blank Plate Project is a creative culinary “design/cook” program, begun in Hunts Point, South Bronx that sparks community development through a combination of design-led imaginative activities and chef-led demonstrations for weekly community dinners, or culminating in a community event. By learning through a design sensibility, applied personal experiences, and industry-relevant culinary skills, students develop the creative capital, neighborhood stewardship, and food justice advocacy skills necessary for their own success and for the future of their community. Over the course of each Blank Plate workshop, students learn creative culinary skills and plan a final dinner event of their own imagination. Blank Plate is a different kind of cooking class. Together, we design, cook, and transform.