The Commonfare Kitchen: Whole Food. Full Belonging.
Common means, “shared, together”. In the days of our ancestors the “commons” was a shared piece of land used for a variety of food generating purposes and shared experiences.
Nothing about this new project by Branching Out Support Services will be ordinary, though. We are taking FOOD a substance, idea and cultural importance to unite us even further into community.
WHOLE FOOD. FULL BELONGING.
The CommonFare kitchen is a social enterprise that focuses on food and food related capacities to launch employment skills and opportunities AS WELL AS workshops, food experiences and events so that everyone has the opportunity to participate and support our neuro diverse community. The CommonFare Kitchen is literally for everyone.
Cavell our fabulous manager will be rolling out our first project: PREPARED MEALS you can pick up fresh to reduce your stress and make sure your family has awesome healthy, homecooked meals.
We are so excited about the multitude of directions we have dreamed for this new endeavor. Watch social media over the next few weeks to learn all about our new services, workshops and training programs to find out how YOU can get involved!
Meet Cavell ...
If you asked Cavell what she’s thinking about….there’s a good chance the answer would be food. “I go to bed thinking about food, and usually wake up thinking about food”
“Growing up in a very large family, the kitchen was always busy, filled with laughter and of course good food. When I had children, the kitchen was also the place to be. My boys pulled chairs up to the counter to help make their Nan’s melty, buttery cinnamon rolls. “
Cavell opened a café on the Danforth in Toronto, and was then persuaded to open a catering company, The Feast. These endeavors were challenging and lots of fun but, Cavell soon noticed that so many families faced inequities around food.
Cavell returned to school, to train as a community worker, and soon realized her career and life focus would be fighting against food insecurity. “Everyone should have affordable, fresh and culturally appropriate food; it’s a basic human right.”
Since then, Cavell has developed culinary training programs throughout Toronto, such as the Catering Careers program in Weston. Working with women facing barriers to employment at Fred Victor, she headed up the Women’s Bakery program. Workshops are Cavell’s favourite way to reach out and share her love and knowledge such as building life skills, menu planning, budgeting, preparing and of course eating delicious and healthy food. Being able to provide and cook is a life skill that has been lost with fast food and highly processed food. “We have the first generation of children who will die before their parents due to obesity related illness.” Shattering info, but we can change this prognosis with learning the basics in the kitchen.
I am so excited to join forces with CommonFare Kitchen and find out what the community wants and needs. We want to hear from you, and have your input in creating a safe, fun and inclusive environment to make positive changes to issues of food security that affect you.
“And of course, we will share stories and delicious food together! Cavell”
- Wed, Aug 10Commonfare Kitchen - Dairy LaneAug 10, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Commonfare Kitchen - Dairy Lane, 5 First St, Orangeville, ON L9W 1E1, CanadaYou will be your own master Pizza Maker! Learn how to make no fail soft fluffy dough. Then a classic red sauce , so fresh and rich. Toppings, tricks and secrets. Does the cheese go on top? Do you sauté your veggie first? What kind of cheese? All your pizza questions answered!
- Wed, Aug 17Commonfare Kitchen - Dairy LaneAug 17, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Commonfare Kitchen - Dairy Lane, 5 First St, Orangeville, ON L9W 1E1, CanadaMaki Rolls are powerhouses of nutrients and flavour. You can buy Maki Rolls almost anywhere, but making your own is so inexpensive, fun and of course packed with flavour. You can put just about anything into a Maki Roll to make it “yours”.
Supported Skills Workshops:
During supported workshops at the CommonFare Kitchen participants can expect to work with our Kitchen Chef and one trained support professional. In these sessions the focus will be on skills for supported OR independent living. In these sessions participants will be working in a fully equipped kitchen so community safety skills are an important piece of participation.
Do you want to come with your own 1:1 support worker? Great! Give us a call and we will make sure both you and your support professional are accommodated into the session.
These sessions would be a great starting point to develop skills for our Kitchen Skills for Employment program.
Kitchen Skills for Employment:
In this 6 week program participants will be working with our kitchen chef; there is no additional support in this program. This program is for people who are looking to develop skills to get into the culinary field for employment. Community safety skills are a requirement for this program. This means participants are able to participate fully and safely in a small group environment in an equipped commercial kitchen with minimal professional support. There is an intake process and a code of conduct required for kitchen skills. Some literacy skills required.
Not sure if this program is for you? Curriculum available upon request along with an intake meeting to determine if this is the right culinary adventure for you!
Community workshops are general interest and are for everybody! These workshops focus on a theme, social engagements, having fun and learning something along the way. All the infomation for these workshops are on the website https://www.branchingoutsupportservices.ca/new-growth. There are a wide variety of choices so you can find the right thing for you and meet some new people while you enjoy some beautiful food! There is no additional support at these workshops, but support professionals are 100% welcome with participants as needed.