2016

“A Celebration of Food Justice Activism From the 1960s to Now: In Honor of the Free Breakfast Program for Children,” Museum of the African Diaspora. San Francisco, CA. December 3rd. Celebrating this historic program started by the BPP in 1969 and the contemporary food justice work it inspired. The event included a panel with PKC's Jocelyn Jackson in conversation with former Black Panther Party members, activists, and local food producers. Organized by MoAD Chef-in-Residence Bryant Terry.

 

“People’s Kitchen Collective x Tunde Wey’s Blackness in America,” Alena Museum. Oakland, CA. November 18th. A Nigerian meal created and facilitated in parternship with chef Tundey Wey featuring Karen Seneferu and The Black Woman is God, and poet and public theologian Marvin K. White.

 

"Estamos contra el muro | We are against the wall," Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA. October 15. In collaboration with Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik and Norma Listman, People's Kitchen Collective prepared food to fuel border smashings and crossings for the destruction of a border wall made entirely out of piñatas by Oakland-based artisans Piñatas las Morenitas. The exhibition also included Little Piñata Maker, La Pelanga, and Cece Carpio of Trust Your Struggle.

 

"People's Kitchen Collective ft. Marcus Samuelsson," ALENA museum, Oakland, CA. October 21. A meal of Red Roosters and Black Panthers from Harlem to Oakland to celebrate the African diaspora and the release of the Red Rooster Cookbook with Chef Marcus Samuelsson.

 

"Free Breakfast Program," "Life is Living presented by Youth Speaks," 'Lil Bobby Hutton/DeFremery Park. Oakland, CA October 8. This twice-annual free community meal honored the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. A hot, delicious, and nutritious meal was served to over 500 guests.

 

“In Living Color,” West Oakland Youth Center. Oakland, CA. September 16. Community meal co-created with a group of young cooks interested in exploring and sharing their cultural backgrounds through food and narrative. Made possible by the Akonadi Foundation Beloved Community Grant.

 

“YBCA Fellows Dinner,” Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA. August 18th. PKC facilitated a meal complete with sociopolitical context and performance art to support the work of the two cohorts around the themes of Freedom and Equity.  

 

“Decolonizing Foodways,” Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA) at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Forthcoming, July 29-31. A dinner with Sariwa! and the People’s Kitchen Collective narrating the power of food as a tool for decolonization and activist work.

 

“Food from Across Africa,” Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) with chef-in-residence Bryant Terry. San Francisco, CA, June 18. PKC will provide food for a book release party celebrating The Groundnut from South London.

 

“People’s Kitchen Collective ft. The Groundnut,” Alena Studios. Oakland, CA. June 17. Sliding-scale community dinner for over one hundred guests with The Groundnut from South London. This evening of food, music, storytelling, and art will feature guest DJs Bryant Terry and DJ Emancipation and the recipes from the African Diaspora.

 

“For Freedoms,” Jack Shainman Gallery. New York, NY. June 7 – July 29. Kitchen Remedies installation exhibited at the inaugural exhibition of For Freedoms, the first artist super PAC co-founded by Eric Gottesman and Hank Willis Thomas.

 

“Kitchen Remedies,” CrossLines at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building. Washington DC. May 28-29. The CrossLines Culture Lab curated by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center was a two day event celebrating the intersections of  Kitchen Remedies project decolonizing medicine and sharing ancestral stories of healing. PKC received hundreds of submissions of stories of healing in this historic building on the Washington Mall that was open to the public for the first time in twenty years.

 

“Exhibitions Convening,” Oakland Museum of California. Oakland, CA. May 13-14.  Gathering of food experts from around the Bay Area helping to conceive the upcoming exhibition at OMCA that will highlight the Bay Area’s role in creating sustainable alternatives to the conventional food system, and current innovation and activism around issues of food justice in Oakland.

 

“Life is Loving,” Youth Speaks. Oakland, CA. February 13. Free Breakfast Program inspired by The Black Panther Party for Self Defense. Served to 200 youth and their families to celebrate black love and resilience.

 

“Lucas Artist Program Fellows at the Montalvo Arts Center,” Saratoga, CA. February 1-9. One-week residency culminating in a Recipe for Rebellion meal for the fellows of the LAP Residency.

“Declarations for the New Year,” Southern Exposure Gallery by Related Tactics. San Francisco, CA January 9-30. Exhibition of Recipe For Rebellion.

 

2015

“Diaspora Dinner,” Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) with chef-in-residence Bryant Terry. San Francisco, CA. December 8. This nine-course meal narrating the resilience of the African diaspora traced select ingredients and dishes from Africa to North America. The meal was produced in collaboration with artists, musicians, and storytellers from throughout the diaspora.

 

“Decolonize Your Diet,” Impact HUB Oakland by the Oakland Food Policy Council. Oakland, CA November 1, 2015. This event on Dia De Los Muertos celebrated the cookbook Decolonize Your Diet by Luz Calvo and Catriona Esquibel. PKC provided a selection of dishes inspired by the book and creates three altars that asked diners to consider their past, present, and future connection to food.

 

“Transitions Lab” Movement Strategy Center at Lake Merritt UMC, Oakland, CA. November 11-13. Three days of culinary love from the People’s Kitchen Collective to nourish the activist work of the Transitions Lab fellows. Nov 11-13.

 

“Free Breakfast Program,” Life is Living presented by Youth Speaks! at ‘Lil Bobby Hutton Park. Oakland, CA. October 10. This hot, nutritious free breakfast with a focus on organic and local ingredients is inspired by The Black Panther Party for Self Defense. This meal serves to five hundred youth and community members including Young, Gifted, and Black activists.

 

“Urban Tilth 10th Anniversary” Craneway Pavilion. Richmond, CA. October 3, 2015. Dinner for two hundred guests featuring the seasonal produce of the Urban Tilth farms and celebrating their 10th anniversary.

 

“Decolonizing Foodways,” Berkeley Food Institute at the University of California at Berkeley. October 1. A tasting menu and lecture inviting participants to discuss what it means to liberate our diets from colonial relationships of production and consumption both in theory and in practice and understand food as a site for decolonial struggles and strategies. Presented in collaboration with Food, Identity, and Representation Working Group at University of California Berkeley and University of Pacific Food Studies Program.

 

“Life is Loving” Youth Speaks! at ‘Lil Bobby Hutton Park, Oakland, CA. February 14. Free Breakfast Program inspired by The Black Panther Party and featuring a local and organic-centered menu served to two hundred youth and their families to celebrate black love and resilience.

 

2014

“LIfe is Living,” Youth Speaks! at ‘Lil Bobby Hutton Park. Oakland, CA. October 12, 2014. Free Breakfast Program presented by The People’s Kitchen Collective and inspired by The Black Panther Party. An organic and local free breakfast menu served to five  community members in West Oakland in collaboration with Young, Gifted and Black youth poets and local artists to kick off the Life is Living festival.

 

“Holding Court,” Fusebox. Oakland, CA. August 16. A cookout in collaboration with Fusebox featuring Swahili street food and storytelling. Live music by Kiran Gandhi, percussionist for M.I.A., and performances by dance company ECHO on Tour by with Brigette Dunn-Korpela.

 

“Life is Loving” Youth Speaks! at ‘Lil Bobby Hutton Park, Oakland, CA. February 14. Free Breakfast Program inspired by The Black Panther Party and featuring a local and organic-centered menu served to two hundred youth and their families to celebrate black love and resilience.

 

“Can Art Save a Community?” Allied Media Conference. Detroit, MI. June 21. Dinner and workshop hosted in collaboration with Melonie and Melorra Green of Gallery 1307 examining the role of artists and foodies in gentrification and asserting the role of black artists in stopping gentrification in their communities.

 

2013

“Resistance, Resilience and Rejuvenation” ROC-United at COLORS-NY. New York, NY. October 4. A Pay-What-You-Can dinner to support the rejuvenation of COLORS cooperative restaurant in Manhattan featuring a collaborative of chefs and artists from Oakland and NYC including Climbing Poetree and Jarobi White of A Tribe Called Quest.

 

“Free Breakfast Program” Life is Living presented by Youth Speaks! ‘Lil Bobby Hutton Park, Oakland, CA. October 11. A hot, nutritious meal inspired by The Black Panther Party. Served to 500 community members in West Oakland in collaboration with food justice organizations from throughout Oakland.

 

“Takin the Beets to the Streets!” Phat Beets Produce at Cosecha Restaurant. Oakland, CA. March 30. Pay-what-you-can community dinner to celebrate and raise funds for Phat Beets Produce and their radical grassroots food justice work. The menu narrated the radical legacy of North Oakland. PKC and volunteer chefs prepared a ten-course dinner to over two hundred people. This event highlighted and raised critical support for the immigrant food vendors from the Phat Beets Farmers’ Market.

 

“Ăn Tet,” VietUnity at Cosecha Restaurant. Oakland, CA. February 23. Pay-what-you-can family-style dinner featuring live music, performance, and a multi-course meal featuring indigenous Vietnamese foods to celebrate the coming of the Vietnamese New Year and raise funds for VietUnity summer community programs.

 

“Proper Education” 4th Annual Dr. Carter G. Woodson Black History Bowl at Cosecha. Oakland, CA. January 26. Pay-what-you-can community dinner to raise funds for the 4th Annual Dr. Carter G. Woodson Black History Bowl. This six-course dinner featured live performances by Samba Funk!, pan-african storytelling, and an exploration of the history of the African diaspora through food, art and political education.

 

2012

“Old Year’s Night,” Miss Ollie’s. Oakland, CA. December 31. A collaborative dinner with Chef Sarah Kirnon of Miss Ollie’s to celebrate traditional Caribbean foodways and the shared migration of Indo-African communities. This dinner and event was hosted in the Bajan tradition of feasting on “Old Year’s Night” to celebrate the year past and welcome the New Year with open arms.

 

“Free Breakfast Program,” Life is Living presented by Youth Speaks! at ‘Lil Bobby Hutton Park. Oakland, CA. October 11. A free community breakfast for four hundred people served in collaboration with local food justice organizations from Oakland.

 

“Sariwa!” Filipino American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity (FACES) at Cosecha Restaurant. Oakland, CA. October 27. Pay-what-you-can community dinner benefitting FACES. This menu was created in collaboration with Filipino community members to highlight seasonality and the history of food rebellion amongst the bracero farm workers in the central valley of California.

 

“10 years of People's Grocery,” People’s Grocery at Cosecha Restaurant. Oakland, CA. September 29. Pay-what-you-can community dinner for two-hundred people featuring seasonal organic produce from People’s Grocery urban farms to celebrate the ten year anniversary of this revolutionary food justice organization.

 

“From the People’s Kitchen to the Motherland,” Word to your Motherland at Betti Ono Gallery. Oakland, CA. July 22. A seventy-five person community dinner featuring a thirteen-course menu narrating the history of South Asian communities in East Africa. Presented in collaboration with the “Word to The Motherland” exhibition by the Kalakari Collective and featuring performances by Toronto-based musical group LAL.

 

“A Dinner to Decolonize: Roots, Rhythm & Resistance,” R3 Collective at Unit 2 Art Collective. Toronto, Canada. November 11. A pay-what-you-can dinner with Toronto-based R3 collective that featured local artists and musicians and a menu highlighting Toronto’s indigenous foodways and food histories.

 

2011

“Free Breakfast Program” Life is Living presented by Youth Speaks! at ‘Lil Bobby Hutton Park. Oakland, CA. October 8. A free community breakfast for four-hundred people served in collaboration with local food justice organizations including People’s Grocery and City Slicker Farms. The breakfast was served alongside a political education campaign about The Black Panther Party’s survival programs and engaged participants in creating grassroots shifts to heal the West Oakland food system.

 

“Growing Justice Institute,” People’s Grocery. Oakland, CA. March 31. This free community dinner for Oakland Housing Authority residents in West Oakland engaged food justice and food sovereignty principles. Ingredients were sourced from urban farms and prepared with OHA residents. The dinner was organized and facilitated to support the creation of the Growing Justice Institute. This community-based working group addressed issues in the food system and organized grassroots solutions.

 

“Our Daily Bread,” CounterPULSE Theater Deep Waters Dance Company. San Francisco, CA. May 22. In collaboration with Deep Waters Dance Company, the People’s Kitchen facilitated a lecture and discussion on performance, food politics, and the history of radical food organizing in the Bay Area. (San Francisco, CA | May 22, 2011)

 

2010

“The People’s Kitchen,” La Victoria Bakery. San Francisco, CA. May 21, 2010. The first People’s Kitchen dinner in the Bay Area was a pay-what-you-can meal at La Victoria Bakery addressing issues of gentrification in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood. The menu was prepared by neighborhood youth and elders of different cultural backgrounds. The six-course menu was curated to tell the cross-cultural history of the Mission neighborhood and resist the impact of gentrification on the community foodways. The meal featured local artists included Susan Cervantes and Juana Alicia from Precita Eyes Mural Center. One hundred and fifty families from the neighborhood were served.

 

The People’s Kitchen began as a grassroots organizing model from 2007-2010 by Saqib Keval. The project developed and evolved, traveling through different regions and countries, gathering and sharing the stories, recipes, and flavors of revolution.

The Goal Of The People's Kitchen collective Is Not Only To Fill Our Stomachs, But Also Nourish Our Souls, Feed Our Minds, And Fuel A Movement.