There aren’t many things that bring us together more than food. Breaking bread with friends and neighbours is one of the most ancient forms of community building.
With current public health regulations halting the Municipality of Jasper’s annual Community Dinner season, a new idea was borne to allow the community to share a meal together while apart.
In the spirit of building community connection, the Municipality and Jasper Settlement Services have joined forces to offer Cultural Kitchens, a virtual cooking class led by a Jasper local. On Facebook Live once a month, Jasperites will have the opportunity to cook alongside a member of the community and try tasty recipes from around the world.
This virtual program launched Feb. 28 and will take place the last Sunday of every month from February until June. Cultural Kitchens is a way for us to gather safely online and share in the experience of cooking a meal together, through a Facebook Live event.
Building on the success of past Community Dinners that highlighted food from different cultures, each month Cultural Kitchens will spotlight dishes from around the world, with Newcomers teaching us to prepare food from their home countries.
Over the course of the next five months, there will be five Cultural Kitchens events, each spotlighting a different cultural group in Jasper.
Jasperites who would like to take part will be provided with the menu, a shopping list, as well as a playlist of music from the featured country to enjoy during dinner. This information will be shared on the Jasper Settlement Services Facebook page and by email ahead of the event, so everyone has an opportunity to purchase their groceries in advance.
If you’re not a savvy Facebook user, but you would love to take part, reach out to Chris Woo, Community Development Coordinator, at email@example.com to receive all of the information by email each month.
Everyone is invited to join Jasper’s Cultural Kitchens to cook and break bread together while we’re apart. Keep an eye out for posters and more information in the weeks and months to come.