• The k is for kitchen story

    Your soul is embodied - feed it!

    At K is for Kitchen, we bring so much more than amazing food to your table. We bring a deep-seated respect for all living beings. Together, we transform the fruits of the Earth into nourishment on our plates. This way of seeing whole systems of food leads to an ethic of sourcing ingredients from local & organic farmers, neighborhood gardens, and small businesses as much as possible. We share these with you & yours, served with our own hospitality, warmth, and excitement to share whatever you need to eat beautifully at Home. We share both the deeper stories of the cuisines & foods you love -- as well as practical solutions that help you & yours heal this world.

     

    We serve all people looking for high quality, ethically-sourced, vital foods. We are especially well-suited to offer services to queer & trans folks, magical communities, activists, and people with special diets. Moreover, we delight seekers of exquisite food experiences, and those who wish to develop more healthful eating patterns.

     

    Whether you want hands-on learning in a collaborative cooking environment, an educational eating experience with friends, a better Home-practice of holistic health & nutrition, or simply to enjoy righteous, ready-made food, worry-free, K is for Kitchen would be delighted to help!

    K is for Kitchen is a worker-owned cooperative!

     

    K is for Kitchen is a conscious company, owned by the people who do the work of the business. Each worker-owner contributes to the company in any number of ways and directly participates in its decision-making. We chose to become a worker-owned cooperative to create an open & democratic structure with which to welcome new partners -- and because we believe that our company is stronger when all involved are deeply invested in its shared work.

    Contact us!

    Reach out. Support your life!

     

    eat@kisforkitchen.com

    732-306-8400

     

    Follow us on Instagram @CSKisforKitchen!

     

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    On special right now...

    15% OFF ALL SERVICES

    purchased by December 21, 2019!

     

    We are delighted to schedule services purchased in the discount window for after Dec. 21st!

    You may also make reservations now for services that will become available after our renovation is complete (Spring 2020). Scroll down for more information.

     

    Thank you for your love & support! <3

  • We're renovating!

    and remain open for business!!

    We are in the midst of radically transforming our kitchen, so we may host larger groups comfortably, and work out of an even more functional & beautiful space.

    This work will be in support of both K is for Kitchen, and the project that birthed it, West Philly's Community Supported Kitchen.

     

    CLICK < SIDE ARROWS > TO SEE WHAT WE'RE STILL OFFERING RIGHT NOW!

    Services Available Now

    (Click < side arrows > to see at a Glance ~ Full MENU Descriptions Below)

    FOOD

    ~ Meals for Your Week ~ (prepared in your kitchen)

    ~ Festive Meal at Home ~ (prepared in your kitchen)

    ~ West Philly Community Supported Kitchen's Subscription Menu ~

     

    Services Available Now

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    Services Available Now

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    EVENTS

    ~ Educational Dinner Parties (in your home) ~

    ~ Cooking Instruction (in your home) ~

    ~ Workshops ~

    ~ Speaking Engagements ~

    Services Available Now

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  • ReservE Now for WHEN Renovation is Complete

    We are so excited for you to experience our renovated hosting kitchen.

    Your reservations made now, for service available after Spring 2020, support the transformation.

     

    Check out below for a taste of what's ahead...

  • CLICK < SIDE ARROWS > TO SEE WHAT'S AHEAD FOR YOU!

    (and down, for the Post-renovation menu with full descriptions)

    (Estimated Spring 2020)

    Brunch with YOUR Ancestors

    Allow K is for Kitchen to treat you & your fa(e)mily to an experience of tastes of your ancestral homelands.

    We help you re-connect to heritage foodways and share the moment, deliciously, with friends & fa(e)mily!

    GH(l)EE :: an extrava-Ghee-anza

    A deliciously special opportunity to celebrate & honor slow foods - and deep nourishment.

     

    The Concept :: We bulk order fresh, local cream from pasture-raised cows, and culture it the night before you arrive. Then, together, we churn it into cultured butter, and slow-simmer it to become ghee. Along the way, we enjoy a meandering & delectable menu of treats made from & throughout the process. The cap on the evening is a shared meal of biryani -- a transcendent, layered aromatic rice dish of the Subcontinent, and ghee ladoo -- a sweet made with caramelized milk -- and a take-Home 16oz jar of local, pastured ghee!

    Customized Faemily Table Dinner

    Get with us about a dinner visit exploring the land-based world cuisine of your choice,

    when you want, with your friends & family!

  • SERVICES available now ~ full Menu

    These services are all available now - and throughout the kitchen renovation!

    All services purchased by Dec. 21, 2019 will receive a 15% discount off the listed prices.

    We are happy to schedule services purchased in the discount window for after Dec. 21st!

    Holistic Diet Consultation, Pantry Analysis, Custom Diet Guides

    Sliding scale $33-99

    No One Turned Away for Lack of Funds for your first consult

    For You or Your Household, in Person or Digitally

    Complete this form to begin!

    We offer a holistic, body-&-life-as-ecosystem lens to diet & wellness -- seated firmly within a global context. We nourish existing drives to eat & live well -- drives to do well for self & planet. These consultations are rooted in healthy, living food systems. Meanwhile, we offer share-able, practical skill-sets for establishing healthy eating & living patterns inside of hectic or busy lives, without compromising enjoyment. This service is available for both individuals and whole households.

     

    If you are interested in this service, contact us, or complete this form to begin. We'll then schedule a 30-60 minute session in which we offer you customized diet support and written recommendations & recipes. The cost of your first consultation is $33-99, sliding scale, with a NOTAFLOF (No One Turned Away For Lack of Funds) promise. Pantry analyses & custom diet guides constitute more in-depth support & add-on services.

     

    To see what a customized diet guide with menu plans, recipes, shopping lists, and more can look like, check out our free FODMAP adventure guide, which we made for two friends who were going on a very restrictive elimination diet (psst .. it's full of delicious recipes!).

    Ancestral Foodways Consultation

    Sliding scale $44-144

    Connect with your Peoples - & Places - through Food & more!

    In Person or Digital ~ Complete this Form to Begin!

     

    * A Reparations Offering: this service is available for free to African Americans *

     

    We can help you connect to the foods & ancestral practices of your peoples. While our knowledge is by no means comprehensive, it travels like roots, deep underground, returning nutrients & medicine from vast worlds unseen. Plus, we are total nerds about this stuff, learning deeply, through passion, research, and applied, delicious practice the pattern approaches of peoples to food - and the ecosystems from which they come, the world over. We offer deep attention to the complex patterns of all manner of biological migrations across time & space.

     

    Moreover, our approach remains grounded, and interwoven, with an unwavering attention to the needs of this world now, and the importance of regenerating Home ecologies far, wide, and near.

     

    If you are interested in this service, contact us or complete this form to begin. We'll then schedule a 30-60 minute session in which we offer you the fruits of our own research & practice with the food ways of your ancestors, as well as typed recommendations, recipes, and reference source material with which you may explore further. We can also together explore options for continued deepening of the journey -- for example, an ancestral food guide, a cooking lesson, educational dinner party, or Brunch with the Ancestors (see details in next section of services).

    Educational Dinner Parties

    Approximately $300-600

    (cost varies by menu, distance of travel, & size of group)

    Hosted at Your Home (or ours, post-renovation)

    Complete this form to begin!

    We offer food & educational services to people who desire delicious & enlivening evenings at home with friends. To your gathered friends group, we bring the ingredients & wisdom to help you all prepare a wonderful meal together! All guests enjoy whatever level of participation they desire, as we co-create a delicious food-culture together. Elementally, we share the skills & knowledge required to make amazing meals at Home to almost any theme -- and add cultural lore & botanic wisdom along the way. The meal can then be enjoyed with or without us. Depending on the menu, cooking will take between 2 & 4 hours and dinner at least an hour.

    Personal Chef - Meals for your Week, or a Festive Meal at Home

    Approximately $200-400 per cook session (+ ingredients)

    Prepared at Your Home -- Cost varies by menu & amount of food desired.

    Complete this form to begin!

    We work with clients who desire a refrigerator full of delicious, righteous food for the week, that’s prepared in your home kitchen. We also delightedly offer you the lovely experience of sitting down to an exquisite meal with loved ones in your home, eating exactly what you’d like, without cooking or cleaning up. We can help you design the perfect menu(s) for the occasion, will then do all the cooking in your kitchen, serve the meal to you and your company, and happily do all the pot-scrubbing as well.

     

    The cost will likely be approximately $200-400 per session, plus the cost of ingredients. If this seems like it is more than you want to/are able to spend, please visit our Community Supported Kitchen menu to order delicious prepared foods at a sliding scale rate.

     

    Cooking Instruction

    Approximately $150-500 (+ ingredients)

    (cost varies by menu, distance of travel, & size of group)

    Prepared at Your Home

    Complete this form to begin!

    We offer many styles of cooking instruction that cater to cooks of all experience levels & interests. We happily offer personalized instruction to you and your family/friends. Some of the many themes we have taught in the past include: Local & Seasonal Cooking; How to Eat Well & Heal the Planet (Basic Home Nutrition On the Cheap); Creative Use of Whatever’s Around; Basic Knife Skills & Sharpening; Baking with Sourdough; and a *peasant foods lens* (spicy, robust, simple & delicious) on many cuisines of the world (Mediterranean, Indian, Latin, Italian, Arab, Eritrean/Ethiopian, Eastern European, Chinese, & more).

    Recipe Development & Custom Food Goods

    Approximately $50-200

    Cost varies by amount of research required, ingredients, & quantity.

    Complete this form to begin!

    We craft customized recipes & food goods for your personal use or for your food business. Do you need to learn how to make your favorite recipe gluten-free (or vegan or cane sugar-free or ...)? Are your customers clamoring for an all-natural, ethically-sourced version of your food product? Want to replace a highly processed ingredient containing unnecessary additives with a flavorful, fresh, & lovingly made creation? We would love to help!

    Workshops

    Our fee rate is a sliding scale, adjusted for length & setting, and often between $100-600, and may include a light snack.

    Complete this form to begin!

    We specialize in events that foment cultural & paradigm shifts approaching food, diet, and life on Earth today.

    We offer a selection of workshops to choose from, including Eat Well & Heal the Planet: Basic Home Nutrition on the Cheap, Connecting to Ancestry through Food & Ecology, Introduction to Life Design, Regenerative Culture Jams, and more!
     

    All workshops feature fun group activities that get minds & mouths moving about food, eating, health, and culture.

    We delve into food's interconnected relationship to our individual & collective health, as well as that of the planet.

     

    We hope to plant the seeds of a more resilient world by sharing the skills & knowledge required to experience union with place & time, while investing in ecosystems that deeply nourish any place we call Home.

    Speaking Engagements

    Approximately $100-500 (with sliding scale option)

    Complete this form to begin!

    We raise consciousness around food, diet, regenerative food culture, reconnection with ancestral foodways, and healing the planet through conscious eating. We would love to share this living wisdom with your organization or event, to offer stories, and some mouth-watering food-for-thought on these topics.

    West Philly's Community Supported Kitchen Subscription Menu

    Delicious prepared foods on a sliding-scale!

    View details and subscribe here!

    The Community Supported Kitchen is a project of the Cultural Engine, and the seed from which K is for Kitchen fruited.

    The CSK offers a variety of low-no cost food services, including ::

    a subscription menu of prepared foods & pantry staples that are designed to add depth, zest, and serious nourishment to your day-to-day food world.

    See the CSK's subscription registration form and the Cultural Engine website to learn more, or contact us at westphillycsk@gmail.com!

    And if the main course you really need is Conflict Transformation ...

    Approximately $100-450

    Cost varies by number of participants, inclusion of a snack or meal, and depth of process desired

    Complete this form to begin!

    That's right, K is for Kitchen offers conflict transformation services! We vision & practice toward a world in which conflict is approached as an opportunity for personal & collective growth & healing. We have the most system-based training & experience with a methodology called Restorative Circles -- one rooted deeply in the power of reflective listening (a tool for deepening mutual understanding, de-escalating tension, & feeling heard), and can also tailor our offering to suit your (and/or your community's) needs.

     

    And, because it's us, we want to make sure those who show up to this difficult work together are well fed. It's awfully hard to resolve anything on an empty stomach, & sharing food can be an important practice of togetherness through hard times.

     

    Custom & Remote Events

    Especially in this time of kitchen renovation, we feel very open to speak with you about your special plans, and to travel outside of the Philadelphia area to host events, and offer workshops & services. You cover the cost of our travel, and we deliver a customized offering at your home or another venue local to you. All of the services listed above are available, and feel free to ask us if you have an idea we haven't thought of! Thank you <3

  • RESERVE now for EVENTS & serviceS

    after the renovation

    (spring 2020)

    You can help support us through the renovation period by purchasing services in advance!

  • Post-renovation EVent & serviceS menu (Spring 2020)

    Once the renovation is complete (estimated Spring 2020), we will reach out to schedule your service.

    Pre-paying for services now is a huge support to us ~ thank you!

    Purchase by Dec. 21, 2019 for a 15% discount!

    Brunch with Your Ancestors

    At our Home or Yours

    Approximately $155 - 333 (with sliding scale option)

    Complete this form to begin!

    Join us in sharing medicine for these times...

    We invite you to an intimate, lingering meal of tastes, flavors, foods & herbs enjoyed by your ancestors. We do a lot of research around our kitchen. We honor & grow our awareness of the movements of cultures, plants, people & animals across this Earth & time that have produced the world today -- and wish to share our learnings with you in a personally relevant way.

     

    We believe that connection to each one of our bloodlines & ancestries may hold a key to the modern dis-ease of our times. Stories & experiences of separation from Earth & Home can contribute to other-ing & oppressive patterns. We hope that each one of us find our way back to the elemental cultures that, for their survival, understand fundamentally our oneness with Earth & with one another.

     

    We are more than happy to offer this service to you and/or a group you choose to assemble around it -- be it members of your family of origin or friends with overlapping ancestries. We understand that most people have ancestors coming from a wide variety of regions & cultural groups - this is most welcome! We are happy to offer as integrated an experience as we are able, celebrating the multiple foodways that nourished the ancestors who made you possible.

    GH(L)EE

    ~ An Extrava-Ghee-Anza ~

    Sliding scale :: $33-144

    Complete this form to begin!

    A deliciously special opportunity to celebrate & honor slow foods, and deep nourishment.

     

    The Concept :: 

    We bulk order fresh, local cream from pasture-raised cows, and culture it the night before you arrive. Then, together, we churn it into cultured butter, and simmer that to become ghee. Along the way, we enjoy a meandering & delectable menu of treats made from & throughout the process. The cap on the evening is a shared meal of biryani -- a transcendent, layered aromatic rice dish of the Subcontinent, and ghee ladoo -- a sweet made with caramelized milk solids that are a product of the process -- and a take-Home 16oz jar of local, pastured ghee for you & yours!

     

    *note* -- The date(s) on this has(ve) not been set. In part, this is because we don’t yet know when the kitchen will be finished. We pledge to all those who pre-register that we will host this event as many times as needed to honor your support through your inclusion. Thank you. <3 .

    Customized Faemily Table Dinner

    We host a sumptuous dinner featuring a world cuisine of your choice for your group

    Approximately $150-500 (with sliding scale option)

    Complete this form to begin!

    Our Faemily Table dinner series has been an amazing opportunity to share food, culture, hxstory, & conversations that matter with all who have made reservations to eat with us (learn more about these below). Have you ever wished that you could choose the cuisine featured, especially for a group of friends & family you invite? Now you can! We would be honored to research and prepare a dinner exploring any world cuisine of your choice, for you & up to 7 additional guests.

  • Returning soon!

    Below are services not presently available, but which will return after the renovation is complete (Spring 2020).

  • Services returning soon

    These services are not presently available, but will return after the renovation is completed (estimated Spring 2020).

    Food for Workshops & Events

    We provide the nourishment, so you can focus on your celebration or event!

    Complete this form to begin (once renovation is finished)

    We delight in serving delicious, beautifully-sourced, low-allergen meals & snacks at workshops & events. Our offerings allow your participants to connect with one another over great food, to feel nourished and refreshed, and to keep their energy in the container created (rather than scattering to eat at other venues). You are supported in focusing on your work, while we take care of the food.

     

    Psst ... and we're honored to be included in the 2018 Philadelphia Good Food Caterer Guide (put together by the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council)!

    Faemily Table Dinners

    Exquisite sliding-scale dinners featuring land-based cuisines of the world

    Sign up here to receive invitations!

    We invite anyone curious (or already excited!) about our food & our approach, to share together a vibrant nightlife around a delicious table of beautifully-sourced food, and conversation that matters.

     

    We are currently exploring land-based cuisines of the world -- our intention is to spend two Faemily Table dinners exploring the food & cultures of each of the places marked with a star on the map below. In scope & intention -- these meals are very much love letters to these places, and to the peoples, cultures, and ecosystems that have made them the marvels they are.

     

    Sign up here to receive email or text message invitations to future Faemily Table dinners. Reservations are made at KisforKitchen.eventbrite.com.

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    returning in spring 2020 ~ the faemily table journey of world cuisines

  • Our food realm: Illustrated

    Food donations represent some of the sunshine in this ecosystem, while apprentices nourish the soil with their brilliant service. From the soils of sacred food-ways, we grow a tree rich with offerings.

    To learn more about the left branch of the tree (West Philly's Community Supported Kitchen), visit culturalengine.strikingly.com