Season Two 2013: Blank Plate Class Four: Stories

It was a busy day in the kitchen!

While half the group helped Kelston with some catering jobs, the rest of us started out by storytelling on four cards. One side of each card asked us about a food experience and who was involved; for example, what dish we would prepare for a celebrity, or what type of food we consider a family tradition, or a fun meal we enjoyed with friends. On the other side of each card, we made a drawing of the scenario. We realized that we end up eating different kinds of foods with different kinds of people - if you are trying to impress someone, you are more likely to make an effort with a dish that’s important to you. After sharing our stories, we headed into the kitchen to practice our knife drills on onions, celery, and butternut squash. For dinner, we prepared and served Tuscan Chicken and rice, with a side of salad. Even though it was a long day for our chef, there was a lot of energy in the dining room when we all sat down to eat.

I thought the class went really well. I learned many new things like cutting onions without crying and how to cut butternut squash. All in all, the class went really well.
I like today, from the game to cooking. Next time we should make garlic bread because I like garlic bread. -Dawn
I really want some more garlic bread and also I had an awesome day at the kitchen and I will like to come cook more often. -Brandon
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Blank Plate

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.