"From the FARM, to the KITCHEN, to the TABLE, to the STREETS!"

 People's Kitchen Collective Free Breakfast Program at Life is Living. Photography by Sana Javeri Kadri

People's Kitchen Collective Free Breakfast Program at Life is Living. Photography by Sana Javeri Kadri

Join People’s Kitchen Collective for a four-meal series in West Oakland where we'll investigate healing. Held over the course of a year, from Spring 2017 to Spring 2018, we invite you to consider the farm, kitchen, table, and street as sites of knowledge production, storytelling, and resilience.

As people of color, we crave spaces that deliberately center the voices and experiences of our peoples. Our lives are shaped by displacement, migration, loss of land, and access to resources. In the absence of land, we create space through ritual in the form of a meal. 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.

FROM THE 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.
TO THE 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?”
TO THE 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.
TO THE STREETS” (May, 2018) creates a public space for celebrating shared resilience in West Oakland. This meal for five hundred participants will span three city blocks. 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. 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.

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.