Converse and Cook is about creating social spaces where individuals are empowered to explore their connection to food and their community by creating meals and dining together.
About Us

About Us

Converse and Cook is a non-profit organization located in Edmonton, Alberta , CRA number is 725856488RC0001, founded by Mishma Mukith and Juanita Gnanapragasam, both alumni from the University of Alberta,  as a way to get people in our community more engaged with the food that they eat and with each other.

Above- Mishma and Juanita

Food is much more than a nutritious substance, it connects us with each other, ourselves, and the world around us. Just think about how many of your favourite holidays, experiences, and even knowledge about the world is tied to food?

Recognizing that food is a gateway to building bridges in our community, we started ‘Converse and Cook’ to help alleviate barriers people have to finding culturally relevant and nutritious foods. Some of our programming includes running grocery busses, cooking classes, and creating resources on food safety and preparation. Throughout all the programming we run, we encourage people to talk and get to know each other. In fact, ask any of our participants because they’ll tell you that’s the best part of our work!

Together with volunteers and various support from other non-profits and organizations we are reducing barriers to culturally nutritious meals and helping people become more connected to food.

Mishma and Juanita would also like to thank Breanna Weseen who helped shape our cooking class programming. In addition a big thank you the Charlotte Wray who is currently donating a lot of her personal time on our cookbook projects.

Get in touch

To learn more about the programs we offer click here. If you work with an organization or a group of youth/adults who could benefit from any of our programmings please get in touch by emailing us at converseandcook@gmail.com. We’d be happy to run some programming for you. In addition, we sometimes have funding to cover costs for cooking socials.

Sponsors and Partners

Interested in partnering with us or sponsoring future programming? Click here to read more about our past sponsors and partners and figure out how you can help out 🙂

2020-It’s been a year: CSL students, online programs a new cookbook on it’s way and more

December 21, 2020

2020-It’s been a year: CSL students, online programs a new cookbook on it’s way and more

We started the year off with so many plans for cooking socials and new partnerships to explore. We had run a couple of in-person programs when the pandemic hit in…

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Our Cookbook is Published!

November 30, 2019

Our Cookbook is Published!

Our new cookbook Our Stories Our Food: A University of Alberta Cookbook just launched. This book features stories and recipes from faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the University of Alberta. If…

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Rising Youth Grant and Branching out to ELS programs

June 30, 2019

Rising Youth Grant and Branching out to ELS programs

It’s been a while since we’ve posted an update and that’s because we’ve been busy hosting more community pop-up pot lucks, compiling our cookbook and now hosting cooking classes with…

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We got funding for a cookbook!

March 15, 2019

We got funding for a cookbook!

Thanks to the University of Alberta Alumni Student Council we received a grant in early 2019 to re-create a Unversity of Alberta Campus-wide cookbook. Our hope is to take a…

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Our First Community Service Student finishes her non-credit hours with us.

December 21, 2018

Our First Community Service Student  finishes her non-credit hours with us.

  Breanna Weseen has been a student volunteer with Converse and Cook since the very beginning and has helped us grow to the program we are today. In Fall 2018…

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Our programming at the University of Alberta is officially handed off the Campus Food Bank

December 21, 2018

We got our start at the University of Alberta but now it’s time to hand things off so that we can move on to supporting programming in the City of…

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Looking into 2019

November 15, 2018

If there’s one thing we learnt about our programming is that there is more demand that capacity, particularity when it comes to our cooking classes. As such we’ve applied and…

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We got non-profit status

November 14, 2018

We got non-profit status

Recognizing we were going to need funding to be able to run programming in the City of Edmonton and beyond we applied for non-profit status back in September and finally…

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A new partnership with the Campus Food Bank+our logo

July 2, 2018

A new partnership with the Campus Food Bank+our logo

As Converse and Cook started to take off we realized that there was a huge need for this type of programming in the City of Edmonton and beyond. In order…

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Piloting more cooking classes and grocery buses thanks to UAlberta Alumni

January 22, 2018

Piloting more cooking classes and grocery buses thanks to UAlberta Alumni

It was clear from the research that transportation was a huge barrier for students to access culturally relevant and nutritious foods.   Hence, a grant from the University of Alberta’s…

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Pilot Cooking Classes happened with the support of CSL and SFWG

September 4, 2017

Pilot Cooking Classes happened with the support of CSL and SFWG

Based off the research findings we recognized that there was a gap of knowledge around basic cooking skills and cooking ethnic meals. In order to address this the  Sustainable Food…

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Research into the accessibility of culturally relevant and nutritious meals for International students was done

January 4, 2016

Research into the accessibility of culturally relevant and nutritious meals for  International students was done

In 2016 research was conducted at the University of Alberta by Juanita Gnanapragasam and Dr. Naomi Krogman on the importance of maintaining ethnic diets and the accessibility of culturally relevant…

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