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.
Share a deep breath? Two more? ... What a moment! We write to share our love -- and our response to the covid-19 pandemic. Thankfully, our kitchen renovations were nearly complete when our contractors stopped coming around. We have been working hard to move into the kitchen (lots of cleaning, sanitizing, & organizing) so that we may safely produce food & medicine at scale for sharing with our connected communities. We also remain available to offer consultations over phone & video chat.
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SERVICES available now ~ full Menu
These services are all available throughout the covid-19 stay-at-home period.
Holistic Diet Consultation, Pantry Analysis, Custom Diet Guides
Sliding scale $0-199
No One Turned Away for Lack of Funds for your first consult
For You or Your Household, in Person or Digitally
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 $0-199, 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 & Indigenous People *
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).
Recipe Development & Custom Food Goods
Cost varies by amount of research required, ingredients, & quantity.
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!
West Philly's Community Supported Kitchen Subscription Menu
Delicious prepared foods on a sliding-scale!
Now with a No One Turned Away for Lack of Funds section!
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.
And if the main course you really need is Conflict Transformation ...
Cost varies by number of participants, and depth of process desired
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.
Services returning in the future
These services are not presently available, but we hope to be able to offer them again in the future.
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
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.
Educational Dinner Parties
(cost varies by menu, distance of travel, & size of group)
Hosted at Your Home (or ours, post-renovation)
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.
Approximately $150-500 (+ ingredients)
(cost varies by menu, distance of travel, & size of group)
Prepared at Your Home
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).
Our fee rate is a sliding scale, adjusted for length & setting, and often between $100-600, and may include a light snack.
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.
Approximately $100-500 (with sliding scale option)
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.
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.
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.
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.
**The following goals & intentions, while always present in our work, were more fully articulated in Spring/Summer 2020, in a self-assessment of cultural appropriation & our approaches to food work. The full self-assessment can be viewed here.**
We connect people with a passion for Life through delicious, ethically-sourced food experiences.
We work for liberation for all beings in the realms of food & culture.
We endeavor to uplift the inherent sacredness of food, eating together, and Earth-based cuisines (and their connected cultures) the world over.
We share common forms of connection through food the world-over and across time -- distilling success patterns around nourishment and taste -- to address the trauma & pain of separation felt in the modern world.
We attempt to bridge & (re)weave world wisdom-traditions, by helping to bolster & share vital, contemporary foodways that illuminate collective paths forward through late-stage capitalism & the compounding crises of eco-social collapse.
We leverage privilege to collective advantage.
We ground our food practices in the intimate study of our own ancestral traditions.
We help folks to remove perceived obstacles around their diets, and to grow the vitality of their personal foodways, offering wisdom & knowledge rooted in our own diverse home food practices.
We encourage & hold space for conversations about the connections between food, identity, justice, and resilience.
We illuminate pathways for anyone to connect with personally and/or ancestrally significant foodways in ways that are mindful of the nuances of ethical sourcing practices in current local & global contexts.
We help many people to experience tastes of Home, providing fa(e)miliar, comfortable, and delicious spaces.
We support people in connecting to foods that are nourishing, safe, healthful, & digestible for their bodies, endeavoring to cook for any dietary need/choice/allergy.
We make our offerings financially accessible and cultivate regenerative economies.