A group of friends with an entrepreneurial spirit have teamed up with small businesses and food producers in Vancouver to host virtual cooking classes in support of BIPOC communities.
Cooking Connected is a project launched by Melissa Ong, a recent graduate originally from Vancouver who now lives in Toronto. In support of BIPOC-owned businesses and in light of the pandemic and the BLM movement, Cooking Connected will be delivering public virtual cooking classes in partnership with Kula Foods, an Afrocentric plant-based food producer based in Vancouver.
“We’ve seen how COVID-19 has impacted the restaurant industry these past few months and is disproportionately affecting black, indigenous, and people of colour,” Ong says. “Through these cooking classes, participants from the community will be able to learn about different cultures. BIPOC-owned restaurants will receive more awareness and support, and donations can be raised towards these businesses and charities supporting BIPOC.”
Their first event, in collaboration with Kula, is scheduled to take place this Thursday, October 22, at 12:00 pm over Zoom.
Ticket proceeds go directly to Kula and charities including Black Arts Vancouver.
Registration for Cooking Connected events are open to the public by donation and can be found through Eventbrite.
When: Thursday, October 22
Time: 12 pm
Where: A Zoom link and ingredient lists will be sent to participants before the event.