Thanks for your interest in Converse and Cook. We’re excited to work with you to bring engaging content to your membership and beyond. Just like many of you, we’re 100% volunteer-run, so we know the importance of partnering to increase capacity.
We’ve detailed ways we can work with you below. Please note that this is to give you ideas. We’re certainly open to exploring other options. We want to make sure that whatever we do, we are fulfilling our mandate of creating social spaces using food while also meeting whatever needs your Community Leagues has.
We’ve heard from Community Members that Leagues across Edmonton rose to the challenge to ensure neighbours could meet their food needs. Whether it was coordinating grocery runs, dropping off meals, running a food security program out of your hall or more, you all did amazing things, and we want to capture these stories before they are lost.
The Converse and Cook Team is currently compiling our second community cookbook, an Edmonton Wide Comfort Food Community cookbook. This cookbook will tell the story of how various Edmontonians and local organizations are being resilient and keeping connected during this pandemic period. We hope that by cultivating these stories and recipes, we can capture the history of what is happening in Edmonton during this time while also providing a source of comfort and hope to those feeling isolated and disconnected in our city.
We’ve already started collecting stories from the community. We have several local restaurants and businesses featured along with community members. Being featured is a great opportunity for your League to gain some recognition and hopefully some new members. All Leagues that participate will get a copy of the cookbook for free and be invited to our in-person launch in early 2022 (so there’s the chance for some opportunity to tell other participants in the cookbook about your League!).
What we need from you and your League
Who’s on Our Team?
Our volunteers have diverse skill sets and identities. We’ve listed some of them below so you get a sense of the breadth and diversity of programming opportunities we can offer:
What we can offer to Community Leagues
Generally, we bring the content, groceries, appliances/equipment, and volunteers. We’ll handle registration, set-up, take-down and all the cleaning in the middle. Our programming is created to foster community building among participants. If your League has a new board or is looking for new ways to animate your spaces or reach out to underrepresented pockets in your community, our programming may be an option for you. There are two streams of our programming that we’ve highlighted below. Each stream also includes additional asks of what we would need of the Community League to run out programs out of your amenities.
- We ask for at least 6 weeks’ notice prior to the date of when you’re hoping for a workshop or social. Our mandate is to make programs as accessible as possible. We usually offer workshops and socials by donation and always hold free seats for those for whom cost is a barrier. For Leagues, we can do workshops for their members for free and charge non-League Members a fee to attend (which might provide some incentive to join your League!).
- Virtual Programming (currently accepting bookings for)– we can do a host of fun workshops and activities centred around food for your members. Examples include a pizza-making workshop and a Food Styling and Food Photography Workshop.
- What we need from Leagues: Promotion of the event.
- In-Person Programming (booking for January 2022 and beyond)
- Cooking Socials: A relationship-building take on cooking classes. These 2-3 hour socials are run for groups of 16-20 participants. During this time we break participants into small groups to prepare and cook a meal together. At the end of the night, we all eat together.
- Throughout the social, we facilitate conversation and ensure everyone is learning and having fun.
- What we would need from Community Leagues to run this program:
If our programs sound like a good fit for your League, please get in touch. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the form below. We’ll aim to get back to you within 5 business days. Thanks for your interest. We can’t wait to meet you and work with you to build community in your neighbourhoods.