Events

An Airstream and a Dream Fundraiser
Nov
27
to Jan 15

An Airstream and a Dream Fundraiser

If you know me you know I talk about living in small spaces a lot. Elaborate dreams of transforming shipping containers, building tiny houses on land, and of course airstreams. Silver bullet looking spaceships that make my heart warm.

I’m looking for support as I'm raising half of the money I need to purchase a used Airstream and start up Fresher Together Farms. The Airstream is a place that will provide stable affordable on site housing while I continue to build on my farming dreams. It’s a place for me to call home.

Fresher Together  is a collaborative food project for healing, economic development, training and retreat. I look forward to sharing more info about this new project very soon including the launch of the website. Fresher Together Farms will focus on mushrooms,culinary and medicinal herbs, and foundational flavorful alliums and other produce items and aromatics (i.e. garlic, shallots, onions, leeks, ginger, etc). This farm plans to be a chance for economic development and skill training and development for those in community that need it most. The farm will not only grow food but develop value added products that also allow an opportunity for culinary and product training in addition to farming. We look forward to drastically minimizing waste by not only offering fresh and dried products, but also drinks, tea blends, sauces, and other items.

As I embark on this journey I’m looking to raise half of the $15,000 I need and earn the other half.

GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/an-airstream-and-a-dream/
Zelle/Chase Quickpay : Reach out to me for my email address
Cash App :  $Cheffresh82
Venmo: @ChefFreshRoberson
Paypal: paypal.me/ChefFresh

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Good Food Expo 2018: Making Next Level Salad
Mar
24
12:45 PM12:45

Good Food Expo 2018: Making Next Level Salad

We usually keep salads in our healthy lunch toolkit, but they can easily become boring real quick. This workshop is a introduction of how to take your salads to the next level every time. Including instructions on making your own dressings to developing flavor profiles and textures that keep you excited , this workshop will have attendees thinking about salads in a new light.

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Getting Fresh with TTL
Mar
6
3:00 PM15:00

Getting Fresh with TTL

  • Calumet Heights Community Art Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

True to Life Foundation will be partnering with the Urban Growers Collective Fresh Moves Mobile Market!

Free!

  • Cooking Demos
  • Taste Test and Feedback
  • Giveaways
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Yoga

"Rooted in Growing Food, we cultivate nourishing environments which support health, economic development, healing and creativity through urban agriculture." (UGC)

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Black Queer Utopia Fest
Oct
21
5:30 PM17:30

Black Queer Utopia Fest

Rainbow Alliance and Living In Color are proud and thrilled to bring you Black Queer Utopia Fest!

Black Queer Utopia Fest is a sensory experience where participants walk into a utopia immediately be introduced to a radical imagining of a perfect place for Black queer folk. Attendees will be engaged on all levels through taste, touch, hearing, sight, and smell. We plan to bridge artistry and academia by showcasing Black queer Utopias of all kinds from speakers on food justice and trans inclusivity to Burlesque and Vogue performances.

We will be featuring Chicago artists Cruel Valentine, Chef Fresh , LaSaia Wade, Vogueing Legends: Mother Myah, Mother Bionca, Mother Angel, DJ Dapper and graduate/undergraduate student performers: Gavin Williams, Sterling Harris, Nic Watkins, Marius Blake Dania and Darcelle Pluviose. In addition to the performances, we will have tarot card reader Jasmine Barber and art vendor: Kimani Isaac. Black Queer Utopia Fest aims to promote social justice education and inclusivity on Northwestern’s Evanston campus by creating a platform for Black queer artists and activists to share their personal vision of a utopia for Black queer people.

There will be a full dinner of vegan and nonvegan Jamaican food!

The festival will take place October 21, 2017 5:30pm-9pm at Parkes Hall 122 (1870 Sheridan Road Evanston, IL, 60208) and will be free and open to all in the Evanston/Chicago community. We are committed to creating a space accessible to bodies of all abilities, so we will have sign language interpreters throughout the entire event.

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Knife Skills 101
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

Knife Skills 101

A sharp knife–and knowing how to use it correctly–is one of the most important tools in the kitchen. It can also be one of the most intimidating!

In this hands-on class, you’ll learn how to use your knives and other time-saving kitchen utensils with ease and confidence. We know that chopping can get exhausting and work up an appetite, so we’ll finish at the farm table to enjoy a lovely meal made with all our practice cuts. Join us in an evening of confidence-building in the kitchen!

This class is BYOB and vegan/vegetarian friendly.

Class is located at the Community Cooking School on the 2nd floor.

Tickets can be purchased here.

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Fresh Friday – Spices to Improve Your Health
Mar
3
9:30 AM09:30

Fresh Friday – Spices to Improve Your Health

Join us once a month for this demo/lecture series focusing on health and wellness in partnership with Swedish Covenant Hospital.

This month’s topic: Spices to Improve Your Health

From seasonal allergies to memory maintenance, modern science is disclosing the many positive effects of spices and herbs as a weapon against a variety of illnesses. Join Syeda Farid, Registered Dietitian at Swedish Covenant Hospital and Galter Life Center, and Chef Fresh, Peterson Garden Project’s Resident Chef, as they demonstrate how the right application of spices and herbs can improve your health.

This class is designed for adults ages 55+, but all are welcome.

Class is located at the Community Cooking School on the 2nd floor.

Tickets can be purchased here

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LinkUP Residency Showcase
Feb
26
7:00 PM19:00
Art

LinkUP Residency Showcase

Chef Fresh's food will be featured as the center of Anna Martine Whitehead's SPREAD performance.

S P R E A D uses dance, improvised sound, and a live installation to draw audiences into the wild expansiveness of Black time. Time in the key of Black is almost impossibly extended, variably truncated, and necessarily reversed, chopped, screwed, and remixed. As theorized in S P R E A D, Black time is erotic time in Lorde’s sense of the erotic: joyful, feminine, and bonded to each other. As we walk into a future haunted by the worst of our past selves and ratcheted up by social media and a national affair with virtual reality, S P R E A D offers a meditation on survival. If there were ever a time to study the longevity of blackness, it is now.

Anna Martine Whitehead uses movement and language to practice escaping the Planet Earth. Their solo performances, videos, and collaborations have been presented in North America and Europe, and they have contributed significantly to the work of Keith Hennessy, Jefferson Pinder, Julien Previeux, Every house has a door, and taisha paggett, amongst others. They write about Black performance in the contemporary art world and have contributed to an array of texts on queer dance, performance, and social practice, including a regular column in Art Practical, and a chapter in the forthcoming "Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance," edited by Clare Croft. Their first chapbook "TREASURE | My Black Rupture" debuted this past Spring.


”Out/In Aka” is solo performance drawing upon Mitsu Salmon’s grandmother Takoko’s history of fleeing to the countryside after WW2 in Japan as connected to her own life. The piece will interweave sound, voice, Butoh, sculpture and fractured narratives. She will collaborate with sound artists Simon Briggs and Ryotaro Sudo to create a soundscape for the piece. The work will explore how personal and family memories connect and collide, how ancestors are held and expressed in my body and the healing qualities of nature.

Tickets can be purchased here

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Sundays with Seniors – Mardi Gras
Feb
26
1:00 PM13:00

Sundays with Seniors – Mardi Gras

Join us one Sunday a month for an inter-generational cooking class! Each month, we’ll cover a new food topic, cook together, and sit down at the end of class to share the meal we’ve created. All ages welcome.

FEBRUARY’S TOPIC: MARDI GRAS

Laissez les bons temps rouler! Let the good times roll! In this class. we’ll channel the flavors of New Orleans for a Mardi Gras feast and discuss the influences of this delicious and unique regional cuisine. Of course there will be King Cake!

Class is located at the Community Cooking School on the 2nd floor.

Tickets can be purchased here.

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LinkUP Residency Showcase
Feb
25
7:00 PM19:00
Art

LinkUP Residency Showcase

Chef Fresh's food will be featured as the center of Anna Martine Whitehead's SPREAD performance.

S P R E A D uses dance, improvised sound, and a live installation to draw audiences into the wild expansiveness of Black time. Time in the key of Black is almost impossibly extended, variably truncated, and necessarily reversed, chopped, screwed, and remixed. As theorized in S P R E A D, Black time is erotic time in Lorde’s sense of the erotic: joyful, feminine, and bonded to each other. As we walk into a future haunted by the worst of our past selves and ratcheted up by social media and a national affair with virtual reality, S P R E A D offers a meditation on survival. If there were ever a time to study the longevity of blackness, it is now.

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Anna Martine Whitehead uses movement and language to practice escaping the Planet Earth. Their solo performances, videos, and collaborations have been presented in North America and Europe, and they have contributed significantly to the work of Keith Hennessy, Jefferson Pinder, Julien Previeux, Every house has a door, and taisha paggett, amongst others. They write about Black performance in the contemporary art world and have contributed to an array of texts on queer dance, performance, and social practice, including a regular column in Art Practical, and a chapter in the forthcoming "Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance," edited by Clare Croft. Their first chapbook "TREASURE | My Black Rupture" debuted this past Spring.


”Out/In Aka” is solo performance drawing upon Mitsu Salmon’s grandmother Takoko’s history of fleeing to the countryside after WW2 in Japan as connected to her own life. The piece will interweave sound, voice, Butoh, sculpture and fractured narratives. She will collaborate with sound artists Simon Briggs and Ryotaro Sudo to create a soundscape for the piece. The work will explore how personal and family memories connect and collide, how ancestors are held and expressed in my body and the healing qualities of nature.

Tickets can be purchased here

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LinkUP Residency Showcase
Feb
24
7:00 PM19:00
Art

LinkUP Residency Showcase

Chef Fresh's food will be featured as the center of Anna Martine Whitehead's SPREAD performance.

S P R E A D uses dance, improvised sound, and a live installation to draw audiences into the wild expansiveness of Black time. Time in the key of Black is almost impossibly extended, variably truncated, and necessarily reversed, chopped, screwed, and remixed. As theorized in S P R E A D, Black time is erotic time in Lorde’s sense of the erotic: joyful, feminine, and bonded to each other. As we walk into a future haunted by the worst of our past selves and ratcheted up by social media and a national affair with virtual reality, S P R E A D offers a meditation on survival. If there were ever a time to study the longevity of blackness, it is now.

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Anna Martine Whitehead uses movement and language to practice escaping the Planet Earth. Their solo performances, videos, and collaborations have been presented in North America and Europe, and they have contributed significantly to the work of Keith Hennessy, Jefferson Pinder, Julien Previeux, Every house has a door, and taisha paggett, amongst others. They write about Black performance in the contemporary art world and have contributed to an array of texts on queer dance, performance, and social practice, including a regular column in Art Practical, and a chapter in the forthcoming "Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance," edited by Clare Croft. Their first chapbook "TREASURE | My Black Rupture" debuted this past Spring.


”Out/In Aka” is solo performance drawing upon Mitsu Salmon’s grandmother Takoko’s history of fleeing to the countryside after WW2 in Japan as connected to her own life. The piece will interweave sound, voice, Butoh, sculpture and fractured narratives. She will collaborate with sound artists Simon Briggs and Ryotaro Sudo to create a soundscape for the piece. The work will explore how personal and family memories connect and collide, how ancestors are held and expressed in my body and the healing qualities of nature.

Tickets can be purchased here

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Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

Southern Not Fried

* note* Apologies for the mis labeling of the naming of this class - This class title should have been listed everywhere as Southern- Not Fried, as opposed to Cooking Southern Food. This Class's theme is on oven frying food instead of deep fat frying. 

Deep frying isn’t always on the approved list if we have restrictive eating plans, but there are times when you miss that crunch and juiciness of a piece of fried chicken, fish, or even french fries. In this class, we’ll teach you how to replicate that Southern-fried crunch and flavor without the deep fryer!

Class is located at the Community Cooking School on the 2nd floor.

Tickets can be purchased here

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Cooking with Chocolate
Feb
17
10:00 AM10:00

Cooking with Chocolate

Boxes of chocolate candy may pack the shelves in February, but chocolate is delicious in more than just dessert! In this, class we’ll talk about incorporating chocolate into a wide range of recipes, how to buy it, how to use it. Of course we’ll make some savory and sweet dishes to satisfy your chocolate cravings.

NOTE: This class is designed for adults 55+. Young people can participate as volunteers.

Class is located at the Community Cooking School on the 2nd floor.

Tickets can be purchased here

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Knife Skills 101
Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

Knife Skills 101

A sharp knife–and knowing how to use it correctly–is one of the most important tools in the kitchen. It can also be one of the most intimidating!

In this hands-on class, you’ll learn how to use your knives and other time-saving kitchen utensils with ease and confidence. We know that chopping can get exhausting and work up an appetite, so we’ll finish at the farm table to enjoy a lovely meal made with all our practice cuts. Join us in an evening of confidence-building in the kitchen!

This class is BYOB and vegan/vegetarian friendly.

Class is located at the Community Cooking School on the 2nd floor.

Tickets can be purchased here

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Growing Power's National-International Urban and Small Farm Conference 2016
Nov
16
to Nov 20

Growing Power's National-International Urban and Small Farm Conference 2016

  • Growing Power Winter Market (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Every two years, hundreds of people from around the world travel to Milwaukee to participate in an intensive three day conference that covers urban aquaculture, urban farming, planning strategies, education, youth programming, food policy and food justice. Participants include: farmers, academics, chefs, policy makers, organizers, and people from countless other walks of life. Our conference theme for 2016 is Let's Scale it Up! Growing Food and Farmers: Best practices in growing, distribution and community building. It is time for the Good Food Revolution to scale up and really push ourselves to move beyond just one garden or one market but how can we make things better for ourselves, our neighbors, and our world.
 

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Breakfast 'n' Beds
Nov
13
1:00 PM13:00

Breakfast 'n' Beds

  • Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Project Fierce Chicago at our 3rd Annual Breakfast N Beds fundraiser on November 13, 2016, from 1:00pm-4:00pm at the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center at 4046 West Armitage Avenue. There will be yummy food and brunch cocktails, awesome performances, and silent auction and raffle items donated buy local businesses, artists and community.

Your support at this year's fundraiser will go towards us being able to open our transitional housing program for LGTBQ young people experiencing homelessness in 2017. We are looking forward to celebrating an awesome year of growth! This year has been really special for Project Fierce, as we have been rehabbing our home and we were able to hire our first staff member!

Ticket prices are on a sliding scale:
$30, $50, $70

Group tickets:
$250-5 tickets
$500-10 tickets

No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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Nov
10
6:00 PM18:00

HomeGrown - An Underground Harvest Feast

Fall is time for harvest–join us to celebrate what we’ve grown this year in our gardens and in our community!

This special collaboration dinner between Chef Fresh, PGP’s Resident Chef, and Alvin Yu, PGP board member and owner of Fyusion Dining, will feature four courses highlighting what “homegrown” means to them.

The evening will also feature a special harvest cocktail created just for the evening by Jen Berman and sponsored by FEW Spirits! And wine pairing compliments of our sponsor Tangley Oaks Wines.

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