Midnight Kitchen Summer Workshop Series 2019
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Earthbound - The pathway to your own mythology / Friday June 21 / 12pm / Mount Royal Park (meet at the Georges Etienne Cartier monument)
Bioavailability for BIPOC / Friday July 5 / 12pm / 3471 rue Peel
Making It Last: The Art of Food Storage / Thursday July 11 / 6pm / 3471 rue Peel
Body positivity from a Black queer perspective / Friday July 19 / 12pm / 3471 rue Peel
Corn: A Colombian Daily Language / Thursday July 25 / 6pm / Santropol Roulant (111 Roy St E)
Living Soils & Society / Friday August 2 / 12pm / 3471 rue Peel
Urban beekeeping & pollinator friendly gardens / Friday August 16 / 12pm / Thompson House (3650 McTavish)
From Start(er) to Finish: Creating and Maintaining a Sourdough Starter / Thursday August 22 / 6pm / Santropol Roulant (111 Roy St E)
Friday June 21 / 12pm / Mount royal park (meet at the georges etienne cartier monument)
Earthbound - The pathway to your own mythology: connecting with your inner ally
In this creative and exploratory workshop, we share tools for connecting with our inner allies: the guides, the companions, and sources of support that we can ask for anytime, especially when we feel most alone. Using modes of radical listening and active imagination exercises, we help participants start connecting with this inner source of strength, wisdom and guiding intuition. We consider how our inner allies (and inner monsters!) can challenge the dominant narratives of the eternal struggle that is so-central to the hero’s journey.
Friday July 5 / 12pm / 3471 Peel, basement
Bioavailability for BIPOC, with Sha
In this workshop, we discuss practical tools and skill building practices for supporting the bioavailability of our food and bodies. Bioavailability can refer to our capacity to connect with the vital life force in our foods. We will discuss practices such mindfulness, breath, sound, intention, and food preparation methods such as fermentation and building our own spice blends) to deepen/heighten our capacity to connect with the life force of our food
Thurs July 11 / 6pm / 3471 Peel, basement
Making It Last: The Art of Food Storage
Based on years of experimenting with ways of making food last and cutting down on waste, this workshop will focus on how to make the most of the food we have. From food storage tips to food transformation techniques, participants will receive a host of tried and true tips from a radical home economics perspective. As well, a portion of the workshop will be reserved for participants to share their own experiences and tips.
Friday July 19 - 12pm / 3471 Peel, basement
Body and positivity from a Black queer perspective, with Shannon
What does it mean to be positive about your body? Does it change when you are a marginalized person? How can we be there for each other when the world hyper sexualizes our bodies? This workshop will consist of a facilitated discussion on the topic of body positivity for Black queer people.
Thursday July 25 / 6pm / Santropol Roulant (111 Roy St E)
Corn: A Colombian Daily Language, with Nico
In this workshop, participants will have a chance to experience the stories, traditions and recipes from the Andean traditions of Colombia. Using corn as the main ingredient, participants will create whole slew of corn-based recipes such as arepas, envueltos, and even corn-based drinks.
This workshop is intended to bring artistic exploration and culture exchanges between participants. Food cooking and sharing will be accompanied by music from the region.
Friday Aug 2 / 12pm / 3471 rue Peel, basement
Living Soils & Society, with Dona
Vibrant soils are crucial in maintaining a state of reciprocal abundance in the natural cycle. In this workshop we will learn what healthy soils are, how they work, and what regenerative practices we can take to revive dead dirt into living soils! We will also look at how these practices are reflective of human landscapes, and how we can apply frequencies of the natural world back into our own to deepen our relationships to ourselves, each other, and the land.
Friday Aug 16 / 12pm / Garden behind Thompson House (3650 McTavish St)
Urban beekeeping and pollinator friendly gardens
Join the Dandelion collective at our urban hive behind Thompson House for an informative and demonstrative workshop where we will discuss the basic of urban apiculture and the importance of pollinators in urban spaces.
Thursday August 22 / 6pm / Santropol Roulant (111 Roy St E)
From Start(er) to Finish: Creating and Maintaining a Sourdough Starter
This workshop provides individuals ranging from no experience to hobbyist baking-level to learn intimately about raising and keeping up with a sourdough culture. It will be an informational discussion with the opportunity to hands-on experience. Workshop-goers will leave with small pieces of sourdough starter, as well as the knowledge to make bread out of their own little piece of sourdough life.
Spring Workshop Series 2019
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April 5 / 12pm / ECOLE (3559 rue University) Merienda Time!: Collective Food Making & Snacking as Diaspora
April 20 / 12pm / Centre Communidee (137 rue Saint Ferdinand) Inter-generational Trauma & Rediscovering Jamaican Cuisine
May 3 / 12pm / 3471 rue Peel Plant Friends for Burnout: Remedies for Persistent Fatigue
May 17 / 12pm / MK Garden on McGill Campus DIY Sub-irrigation Containers out of Reclaimed Materials
May 31 / 12pm / Location TBD The Costs of Eating Healthy & Buying Green: A Deeper Look
April 5 / 12pm / ecole (3559 university)
Merienda Time!: Collective Food Making & Snacking as Diaspora
A BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) priority* workshop where we will be preparing a Filipino dish called Ginataang Bilo Bilo (Sticky Rice Balls in Coconut milk). This dish is usually made together, getting all the Titas (aunts) and kids to participate in rolling the rice balls into circles. There is a community gathering aspect and conversation about the importance of food from home, how food is not only a memory but a living remix. The original recipe is the same but the ingredients have to change with what is available. That is a form of evolution, and that is how these recipes live on through the diasporic communities.
*This workshop is open to all and at the same time, we are prioritizing Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) participants.
PRESENTER BIO: Deann Louise C. Nardo is a Pilipinx non-binary femme poet and artist living, working, and napping in Tiohtiá:ke/Montréal. A voracious craft pursuer and maker, they work with wood, paper, food and whatever else you can throw at them. Their work thrives on the thin line where questions live; where memory, healing, and community are embodied. You can find them bobbing their head to lo-fi Hip Hop and leaving pavlovas as calling cards at potlucks.
April 20 / 12pm / Centre Communidee (137 rue Saint Ferdinand)
Inter-generational Trauma & Rediscovering Jamaican Cuisine
Caribbean cooking is more than a bunch of ingredients lumped together. It is centuries of cultivation beyond eurocentric taste. It is our elders yelling from across the room to come and eat. It is the cookouts we might be late for, but never miss. It is seasoned diasporic love. Recipe print-outs will be provided.
Facilitator bio: Noka Palm Trees is a multidisciplinary artist who showcases their eccentricity through visual, poetic and performance art. Their known for mixing Afro-futurism, Jamaican pinnacles, and a funkadelic aesthetic across all forms of their own artistic style.
May 3 / 12pm / 3471 rue Peel
Plant Friends for Burnout: Remedies for Persistent Fatigue
This workshop outlines some go-to plant allies in times of burnout and persistant fatigue. We will experiment with different types of plant preparations including an infusion, a decoction, a tincture, and flower essences.
Facilitator bio: Milena is a queer witch herbalist with lots of feelings. Their approach to plant medicine is intuitive, magical, tactile (lifelong gardener, cook and potion-maker), evidence-based (in their 2nd year of plant medicine therapy/naturopath studies), informed by their experience of chronic health issues and based in social and environmental justice. Plant friends have helped her to make peace with her body, mind and spirit, reconnect to the Earth and ground herself; they hope they can inspire others to do the same.
May 17 / 12pm / MK Garden on McGill Campus
DIY Sub-Irrigated Container Gardens
We live in a city where every recycling day one can find enough materials to build container for growing food. This workshop will outline how to build and source the materials for a container garden for growing food. The principles of container gardens and requirements for growing food. This will be a hands-on workshop! Participants will get to make their own container to bring home and grow something cute this summer.
The facilitator will bring a few extra containers and other supplies, but please bring a 4-6 gallon container if you can find one! Photos and more information about type of container preferred are available in the comments below.
Atom Cianfarani is a queer artist and designer whose practice is founded in the repurposing of refuse. Working from an ecological restoration ideology, she aims to reconcile urban architecture with its ecological habitats thereby making the urban reality more compatible with our natural world.
Tuesday March 5 / 6pm / 2450 rue Workman, Centre culturel Georges-Vanier
Farming While Black: African Diasporic Wisdom Uprooting Racism
Talk: 6:30pm (sharp)
Join us for a free dinner and keynote featuring special guest Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm, author of the newly released book "Farming While Black." Books will be available for sale by Racines.
Some of our most cherished sustainable farming practices––from organic agriculture to the farm cooperative and community supported agriculture (CSA)––have roots in African wisdom. Yet, discrimination and violence against African-American farmers has led to a decline from 14 percent of all growers in 1920 to less than 2 percent today, with a corresponding loss of over 14 million acres of land. Further, black communities suffer disproportionately from illnesses related to lack of access to fresh food and healthy natural ecosystems.
Soul Fire Farm is committed to ending racism and injustice in our food system. Through programs such as the Black-Latinx Farmers Immersion, a sliding-scale farmshare CSA, and Youth Food Justice leadership training, Soul Fire Farm is part of a global network of farmers working to increase farmland stewardship by people of color, restore Afro-indigenous farming practices, and end food apartheid. And now, with the new book Farming While Black, Soul Fire Farm extends that work by offering the first comprehensive manual for African-heritage people ready to reclaim our rightful place of dignified agency in the food system. Join us to learn how you too can be part of the movement for food sovereignty and help build a food system based on justice, dignity, and abundance for all members of our community.
This keynote is co-sponsored by Midnight Kitchen, Qpirg Concordia | GRIP Concordia QPIRG | GRIP McGill, & Jardins de la Résistance
AUTHOR BIO: Leah Penniman is a Black Kreyol educator, farmer, author, and food justice activist who has been tending the soil for twenty years and organizing for an anti-racist food system for fifteen years. She currently serves as founding co-executive director of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York, a people-of-color led project that works to dismantle racism in the food system. She has been recognized by the Soros Equality Fellowship, NYSHealth Emerging Innovator Awards, and Fulbright Distinguished Awards, among others.
You can preview Leah's book in her conversation with Civil Eats here: https://civileats.com/2018/11/02/farming-while-black-is-a-guidebook-to-dismantle-systemic-racism/
Monday December 10 / 5:30-7:30pm / 3471 rue Peel
HoliGAY Support Dinner
Hey friends of MK!
For some, going “home" for the holidays can be a big stressor. If you feel any anxiety, fear or concern around the holiday season- we at Midnight Kitchen would like to invite you to a dinner in support and celebration of you in all your fabulousness!
This event was created with racialized students and those whose families do not accept their sexuality, gender identity or expression in mind, but we welcome anyone who feels they need some support!
Your host will be Nat, & while they don’t claim to have all the answers for how to deal with these things - they know some strategies that make things easier :)
We will offer a delicious dinner, a couple of chill activities, and potentially some take home surprises.
Participation is capped at 20 and there is a link for registration on our Facebook event, or email us for more info. If you change your mind about attending please cancel your registration so there's room for someone else.
Wishing you all the best,
Friday November 30 / 12pm / 3471 rue Peel
Lunch n' Learn! Food Politics from Campus to Community
Ever wonder about the history of Midnight Kitchen and Food Politics on Campus?
Come eat lunch with us and get to know us a bit better!
Aside from the history of food on campus we will be discussing:
-How food can be used to uphold or dismantle systemic oppression
-Local issues when it comes to food access
-& Personal opportunities for involvement in the city.
Wednesday November 14 / 6pm / Arts Building, RM 260
Community Works: Panel Discussion on Localized Poverty
MSA McGill Presents a Panel Discussion on localized poverty.
In collaborations with Project Genesis, Midnight Kitchen and The Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW).
Join us for an informal panel discussion to explore the work that is being done by the participating community based organizations (described below), and take part in an engaging dialogue addressing topics relating to local poverty, food justice, social housing, marginalization and more.
And learn about how you can get involved within your local community!
Date Wednesday, November 14
Location: Arts Building rm. 260
Friday October 12 / 12pm / 3471 rue peel
Lunch n’ Learn - Intuitive Eating with Lisa Rutledge
Lisa is an intuitive & mindful eating expert, weight inclusive & non-diet dietitian. She helps people reignite their relationship with food and their body. Giving hope that there are solutions to your food and health worries is her passion. She works with people who are struggling to ditch diets, feel better in their body and rediscover joy & peace with food and eating.
She blogs, counsels people virtually and in-person as well as shares her non-traditional (radical?) nutrition and food view with the media to give diet culture a run for it’s money! She is an intuitive eating expert, weight neutral & non-diet dietitian and truly believes that all foods fit into a healthy and happy lifestyle. She has unique personal experiences that help her understand the struggles we face with dieting and changing our food habits.
This event is happening on October 12, 2018: please RSVP on Facebook!
Friday September 28 / 12:30pm / 3471 rue peel
Lunch n’ Learn - Herbalism 101, with Blueberry Jams
Our first workshop of the semester!
This workshop will be preceded by a tour of our garden and some harvesting. Lunch will be served.
“If you know how to cook, you can make effective herbal remedies. Even if you are a novice in the kitchen, you can still make great herbal remedies” - Rosemary Gladstar
In this workshop, participants will learn about different methods for making herbal preparations. We will cover herbal infusions, decoctions, infused oils, salves & balms, tinctures & vinegars, hydrosols, and best practices.
This workshop is aimed at beginners and intermediates (who are looking to troubleshoot & discover how another kitchen herbalist crafts).
Participants will get a zine to take home as well as herbal preparations made during the workshop.
Pamela is a disabled queer settler, artist, activist, crafter, keen fermenter, community organizer, and sometimes scholar. The kitchen and working with and around food is what Pamela considers her hearth. Her project, Blueberryjams , offers a variety of crafted products, penned texts, and skillshares with a focus on DIY, radical home economics, and herbalism through an emphasis on sustainability, creativity, and community. Everything made by hand, with heart.