"From the FARM, to the KITCHEN, to the TABLE, to the STREETS!"
Held over the course of a year, from Spring 2017 to Spring 2018, People's Kitchen Collective invites you to the farm, kitchen, table, and street as sites of knowledge production, storytelling, and resilience.
We crave spaces that deliberately center our voices and experiences. As people of color, our lives are shaped by displacement, migration, loss of land, and access to resources. In the absence of land, we create space by eating in public. PKC created this program in an effort to bring to light our community’s vital food stories and practices, using the table as a place of connection. In this public art project, we bring together artists, chefs, musicians, activists, and the public to build catalytic spaces of nourishment.
This program will require additional financial support from our community. Our deepest gratitude to everyone who has supported this project.
“FARM” (April 1st, 2017) asks participants to share their personal connections to the farm. "How have our peoples used farming as a way to create place in the face of displacement?" Tickets available here.
“KITCHEN” (August 19th, 2017) sources stories of healing for what ails the body and spirit. “What are our kitchen remedies for illness, trauma, and separation?”
“TABLE” (February 4th, 2018) invites people across communities affected by xenophobic immigration policies to come to the table. In remembrance of the signing of Executive Order 9066 which falls this year on the same date as President's Day, this meal is a celebration of continued solidarity work between Asian American, Arab American, Black, Latinx, and undocumented peoples. A resource guide for the meal is available HERE.
“STREETS!” (May 20th, 2018) creates a public space for celebrating shared resilience in West Oakland. This meal for five hundred participants will span a city block. This is a reclaiming of the commons, of the streets that are rapidly being disconnected from their history through gentrification. Here, we will eat publicly at the intersection of food, art, and justice. We also meet at the intersection of Yuri Kochiyama and Malcolm X's birthdays, and at 28th St. and Magnolia St., the site of Lil Bobby Hutton's murder by the Police 50 years ago. PKC will collaborate with artists, musicians, performers, and social justice organizations to host tables and facilitate conversations about cultural preservation, movement building, and self determination. We deliberately create and take up space, while focusing on building health and connection. In the face of a gentrifying Oakland, this is how we feed a revolution.
In observance of Ramadan, tables will be available for those who are fasting. We will package a meal for you to take with you at the end of the event.
For additional information and tickets, please join our mailing list at peopleskitchencollective.com.
“From the FARM, to the KITCHEN, to the TABLE, to the STREETS” is a project of the People’s Kitchen Collective in collaboration with AIR-SF with generous support provided in part by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation Open Spaces Program.