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 the living beings (people, plants, animals, & more) who help the fruits of the Earth transform into nourishment on your plate. This way of seeing food systems leads us to sourcing ingredients from local organic farmers, local gardens, and small businesses as much as possible. These ingredients then come to you and your loved ones, paired with our own hospitality, warmth, and excitement to share the skills you need to eat beautifully at Home. We offer the deeper stories of the cuisines and foods you love, and help you find both a greater understanding of the larger social & ecological problems of industrial food systems and practical solutions that allow you & yours to transcend them.
We serve all people looking for high quality, ethically-sourced, vital foods. We are especially well-suited to offer services to queer folks, trans folks, and all magical communities -- as well as activists, people with special diets, and anyone concerned with ethical food systems. Moreover, we delight seekers of exquisite food experiences, those who wish to develop more healthful eating patterns, and all others hungry for what we bring to the table.
Whether you want hands-on learning in a collaborative cooking environment, a better understanding of holistic health & nutrition, an educational eating experience with friends, or to simply enjoy righteous, ready-made food worry-free, K is for Kitchen can help.
K is for Kitchen is a worker-owned cooperative!
This means that K is for Kitchen is owned by the people who do the work of the business. Each worker-owner contributes to the company in various ways (labor hours, in-kind donations, financial investment, etc.) and directly participates in governance. We chose to become a worker-owned cooperative because we believe that our company is stronger when all involved are deeply invested in our shared work.
More on worker-owned cooperatives from the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives:
"Worker cooperatives tend to create long-term stable jobs, have sustainable business practices, and be connected and accountable to their community. In a worker cooperative, workers own their jobs and thus have not only a direct stake in the local environment but the power to decide to do business in a way that creates community benefit rather than destroying it. Not everyone who works in a worker cooperative is an experienced businessperson, but not everyone needs to be; the power of the group comes from each individual’s contribution, skills, passions, and expertise."
You can reach K is for Kitchen at:
We are based in Chingsessing, Lenapehoking -- the name given by the Lenni Lenape peoples to the area now covered by our neighborhood (meaning ‘place where there is a meadow’). This place is also called Kingsessing, Southwest Philadelphia.
You will soon hear back from Frances Rose or Acorn!
Customizable services that fill your belly and leave you with a happy heart. <3
Holistic Diet Consultation & Pantry Analysis
We offer a holistic body-as-ecosystem lens to diet & wellness, especially to those interested in a bigger picture understanding of themselves & the world. We nourish existing drives to live & eat well -- and to do well for ourselves, as we do well for the planet. We root our consultations in deep a understanding & awareness of both healthy, living ecosystems, as well as the food system from which most of our food is sourced. Meanwhile, we carry a share-able, practical skill-set that is capable of establishing healthy eating & living patterns inside of hectic or busy lives, without compromising enjoyment.
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 typed recommendations & recipes. We can also explore together options for more in-depth support - for example, we can make you a customized diet guide with menu plans, recipes, shopping lists, and more. To see what this 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!).
Educational Dinner Parties
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 culture of food-enjoyment together. Elementally, we share the skills & knowledge required to make amazing meals at Home to any theme -- and add cultural lore & botanic wisdom along the way. The meal can then be enjoyed with or without us.
Personal Chef - Meals for your week
We work with clients who desire a refrigerator full of delicious & righteous food for the week that’s prepared in your home kitchen. We can time our arrival with a fresh CSA (community supported agriculture) box of produce/mushrooms/etc. and prepare it all that day, alongside some of our favorite pantry staples. We leave you with delicious meals to enjoy for the week, as well as some extra treats to enliven whatever else you may be cooking.
Personal Chef - Festive Meal at Home
We can offer you the lovely experience of sitting down to a meal with loved ones at home, eating exactly what you’d like, and not having to worry at all about cooking or cleaning. We can help you design the perfect menu, and 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.
Ancestral Foodways Consultation
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 & land the world over -- with attention to the complex patterns of all manner of biological migrations across time. And ultimately, this remains interwoven with an unwavering attention to the needs of this world now, and the importance of regenerating Home ecologies locally, wherever we are.
(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Cooking Instruction & Workshops
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, Japanese, Chinese, & more).
Recipe Development & Custom Food Goods
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!
Food for Workshops & Events
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 now be included in the 2018 Philadelphia Good Food Caterer Guide (put together by the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council)!
We raise consciousness around food, diet, regenerative food culture, and healing the planet through conscious eating. We would love to land into your organization or event to offer story & wisdom on these topics.
And if the main course you really need is Conflict Transformation ...
That's right, K is for Kitchen offers conflict transformation services! We vision & practice a world in which conflict is approached as an opportunity for personal & collective growth & healing. We have the most training and experience with a methodology called Restorative Circles, a system based deeply on 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 would be delighted to provide food for the conflict transformation circle itself - it's awfully hard to resolve anything on an empty stomach, & sharing food can be an important practice of togetherness in difficult times.
(Photo credit: phys.org)
West Philly's Community Supported Kitchen
If you are excited about what we do, but are working with a tight budget (or are simply curious about our community work!), check out the Community Supported Kitchen (offered by West Philly's Cultural Engine). The CSK is the original project from which K is for Kitchen grew, and it offers a variety of donation-based services. See culturalengine.strikingly.com, the CSK’s subscription survey, the CSK Facebook group, or get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org for more details & to join our email list.
Don’t see the service you’re looking for? Curious about pricing? Get in touch!
Our business is young, and you get to help us grow in all the right directions. We are flexible, and will do our best to craft a customized service that meets your needs and fills your belly. Together we can design great food into your life on your budget. Contact us at Eat@KisforKitchen.com to work it out!
Our food realm: Illustrated
Food donations are 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.
A little more about acorn & frances rose
Frances Rose grew, in part, out of an extended Sicilian family that shared a large basement kitchen under a 4-family duplex in Brooklyn. She learned soon after leaving her earliest nest, that in order to continue to eat well, she would have to learn to cook. Meanwhile, her eyes & mind grew sharper to the ways of the world, as her heart cracked open.
She traded her career path in architecture for a life with plants & in gardens. Her design mind however still grew, and exploded into a passion for regeneration, and the practice of a living systems architecture. All the while, she cooked -- and cooked -- sharing the boundless joys of dining righteously around a faemily table with anyone assembled. She dabbled in catering, pop-up cafés, and personal chef’ing, but her leading passions remained cooking for a faemily table.
Yet, it was Rose’s Home-coming four years ago into a Radical Faerie house in West Philadelphia that allowed her to truly blossom. On the heels of her arrival, she found still more magical & connected communities with whom to grow & share her love of food & togetherness. One of them, the Reclaiming Witch Community led her to the mate of her dreams, Acorn. They delight in cooking & hosting together, and co-creating ever more deeply the more beautiful world their hearts tell them is possible -- one they taste every time they share a table.
Acorn is a magical, queer tranimal who came of age in Toronto and is now putting down roots in Philadelphia. They were so thrilled to find a cooking mentor, business partner, and, most importantly, an incredible mate in Frances Rose. Acorn has always taken great comfort and delight in food. Their journey has carried them from a childhood of self-chosen vegetarianism, to veganism, and now to a world of well-sourced, local animal products (which accompany a rich diet of farm & garden grown produce). They have cooked extensively in their Home kitchens, as well as for large gatherings of people (50-150) at Faerie Camp Destiny (a queer, magical, intentional community in Vermont). Acorn approaches cooking with a playful spirit, a sense of the sacred, and a hunger to grow their own practices.
Along with a love of food, Acorn brings a deep history with social justice work and community building, especially with queer & trans people (including work with the LGBT Youth Line & Project Acorn, both based in Canada). It is one of their deepest passions to see communities thriving, and joining together around a family table. Their devotional relationship with food is also fed by their Earth-centred spirituality (here much thanks is owed to the Vermont Witch Camp community, and to inspirational cook Mary Stewart). Acorn works humbly on the shoulders of witches, queers, radical faeries, farmers, permaculturists, activists, & food-lovers everywhere who have made fertile ground for the seeds of K is for Kitchen.
~ Personal Chef: meals for your week ~
"I was having surgery and wanted nourishing food that would be easy for friends/family to reheat that would be low-sodium, easily digestible, AND delicious. ... Everything was perfect. ... The food was obviously prepared with intention. It was healthy and delicious and everyone loved it."
A feast for your eyes ...