On the first Thursday of each month during the school year the USF Gardening Class will be preparing another community dinner for anyone who wants some delicious food. The students will be cooking for you so come on by and try out what we have to offer!
CLICK HERE to check out this great article written by an international chef on one of our recent community dinners at Turk & Lyon. There’s lots of great photos too.
Last Tuesday I attended my very first DasBike–In Movie Night. I came in a bit early as they were setting up. The bicyclists had already started rolling in, and the smells coming from the kitchen were making my stomach grumble. Meet Francisco Grajales (below) a leader and organizer for DasBike, a community of bikers in San Francisco that create a bunch of awesome bike related events such as this one.Francisco Grajales
The week before the event Francisco and his team of volunteers biked to local farmers markets. They explained their DasBike–In Movie Night, gleaned produce from the farmers. The generosity of these farmers was astounding.
To thank them we all made this big sign:
Before dinner was served I popped my head into the kitchen to watch the cooks in action.
Eventually dinner was served!
We started dinner with lettuce wraps. Inside the lettuce we could put guacamole, lentils, stir fried rice, beat greens, and humus. There was also fresh bread and some tasty asian noodles. Check out my plate!
I was really impressed with the dinner. But did I mention there was beer? Every DasBike–In Movie Night, Comrades Brewing Company generously donates delicious beer. There’s a suggested donation of $5 for a beer, however all the donations go straight into the kitchen renovations at Turk & Lyon.
These beers were absolutely delicious! The dark beer on the left side was a Roasted Banana and Donut Pudding Weizenbock. The light beer on the right was a Vanilla Lavender Gluten Free Saison. Yes, it really was gluten free and tasted amazing! We can’t thank Comrades Brewing Company enough. You guys rock!
Once Everyone’s plates were loaded and beer glasses full we started to watch This Girl is Badass – a hilarious Thai Comedy about this bad ass girl that beat up bad guys with her bike! All in all it was a really fun time and I can’t wait for next months DasBike–In Movie Night.
The information for all the upcoming DasBike-In Movie Nights is on the image below:
Keep in mind without all our awesome volunteers this event wouldn’t be possible. If you have time to help glean, setup, cook, or clean please click Volunteer Signup! Once again it truly was a blast with excellent food, beer, and people. Hope to see you all again on March 25th!
–Sam Wilder, ARC Media Intern
Meet professor Novella Carpenter, and the USF Community Garden Outreach Class of 2014! Every first Thursday of the month this class teams up with ARC (Arts, Resilience, Community) at Turk & Lyon to host a vegetarian/vegan free dinner for the community. (Click on photos for enlarged versions)
Everyone did a fabulous job for the dinner in February. This blog will be an overview of the last dinner to show you the process of how this class operates. So, you may be wondering, where does the food come from? And why is it healthy? Well, the class gets the food in three main ways: The first and most important is gleaning from local farmers markets. To glean, students go to local farmer’s markets and at the end, ask each of the farmers if they have any bruised or unwanted vegetables they could donate to a Free Community Dinner. The generosity of the farmers is astounding and the dinner could not operate without their support.
The second way we collect for the dinner is by harvesting food from our very own USF Garden located on Turk & Tamalpais, only three blocks from St. Cyprian’s (at Turk & Lyon). After gleaning and harvesting the class has the bulk of their food and can start to plan out a menu based on what they’ve obtained. The last step is taking a trip to Rainbow Grocery to buy staple bulk food items like rice or pasta. On the first Thursday of the month, the class meets at Cyprian’s Community Kitchen to prepare and cook dinner. Students begin the afternoon with instruction on kitchen safety and proper food preparation, and then they get chopping, sautéing, and cooking! This part can be really fun, chaotic, and educational. The class did a great job for their first community dinner of the semester!
After hours of hard work and many cooking lessons, dinner was served at 6 PM.
Eventually the Community Hall was filled with hungry, happy people enjoying food and good company.
The food was DELICIOUS! On the menu was:
And a dessert of blondie bars and vegan gluten free crumble…
All in all the meal left us all with full stomachs and happy faces ☺
Pictured above is the current teacher of the class, Professor Novella Carpenter (center), with former class instructors, Professor Melinda Stone (left), and Professor David Silver (right). Professor Silver and Professor Stone began the Urban Agriculture program at USF around three years ago. Professor Stone along with Seth Wachtel created the USF Garden around eight years ago. We wouldn’t have these amazing dinners without them. They began this partnership with ARC and St. Cyprian’s due to the lack of access to functioning kitchens in the area.
It is rare to have a great kitchen and open space to hold these dinners. The dream at Turk & Lyon is to create a thriving community commercial kitchen that feeds the hungry, builds community, and promotes health and wellness. To fully achieve this dream, we need your support! The kitchen needs additional storage for its partners like USF, an energy efficient dishwasher, an industrial hood for the stove, and new wiring for its brand new commercial oven. The image below is the renovation design plans for the kitchen:
Please consider giving a tax-deductible donation if you are able.
You can Donate Online
Or by mail: St. Cyprian’s Community Kitchen; Attn: ARC; 2097 Turk St. San Francisco, CA 94115
You’re always welcome to volunteer at the kitchen too. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for ways to plugin.The great thing about the Free USF Community Dinner is that every time it gets better! Students begin to master their gardening, gleaning, and cooking skills as the year goes on. March is just around the corner and we hope to see you there! March 6th at 6 PM.
By Sam Wilder, ARC Media Intern