In the days following March 11 of 2020, words like ‘unprecedented’, ‘challenging’ and the ‘new normal’ defined human existence. Yet through these moments of profound grief came stories of resilience and hope as neighbours, businesses, and strangers came together in creative ways to uplift their communities. Edmontonians redefined comfort through innovation; from virtual dinner dates to drive-by birthday celebrations, we found new ways to stay connected while staying six feet apart. Over the past two years, Converse and Cook focused on telling this story by creating an Edmonton community-wide comfort food cookbook. We hope that through cultivating these stories and recipes, we can capture the history of what happened in Edmonton during the pandemic, while also providing a source of comfort and hope to those feeling isolated and disconnected in our city.
Join us in celebrating the launch of this cookbook! Meet the faces behind the recipes and stories, and sample food featured in this cookbook.
Admission is free or by donation. Pre-orders of the cookbook can be picked up at the venue. The event is from 12-3PM (however, food samples are limited).
The stories and recipes captured in this cookbook are of people who reside(d) on Treaty 6 territory; the territory of the Papaschase and the homeland of the Métis Nation. We acknowledge that our ability to share our connection to food today is because of the vibrant Indigenous cultures that have cared for the land before us and continue to do so today. This cookbook is funded in part by the Edmonton Heritage Council.
1) Try some samples!
2) Check out our cookbook gallery to read about some of the stories featured
3) Connect with other local food-based initiatives and groups doing great work in our city.
4) Learn more about Converse and Cook, how you can get involved with us, and purchase a cookbook. 100% of the proceeds go towards running our programming and ensuring that our cooking socials are low-cost, by donation, or free to attend. Each cookbook sold subsidizes groceries for about 3 Edmontonians to participate in a cooking social.
- We recognize COVID-19 still poses a risk for many in our community. We invite you to wear a mask and distance should you need it. There is hand sanitizer throughout the space.
- Parking is free at the hall but limited. Residential parking is available near the hall for free as well.
- The space is accessible for those with mobility aids. Please see the graphic below to find out how to access the ramp entrance.
- Any questions about the event can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org