Collective Cooking Groups

These groups are a way of stretching food dollars, strengthening community ties and fostering resource and skill sharing. Our program is modeled on established successful cooking group networks in Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. A typical group will meet once a month or once a week, divide into recipe teams to cook large quantities of each recipe, share a meal together, and then take home portions of each recipe to freeze.

Sample Schedule:

  1. 5:30. Welcome, introductions, overview of group goals and plan for evening, safety and food handling basics.
  2. 5:50 Divide into teams for each recipe, with a recipe leader, handwashing, organize tasks.
  3. 6:00 Make recipes
  4. 7:30 Share meal, discuss recipes and roles for next session
  5. 8:00 Divide up portions to take home, clean up
  6. 8:30 End time

Sample text for a flyer/e-mail announcement
Collective Cooking Group: Save money on food, share skills with your neighbors and make food you will love! We will save time and stretch our grocery dollars by cooking a lot of food as a group and taking home meals ready to eat. Each month we’ll also share a meal together. During the first session, the group will decide on recipes for the future sessions. In addition to leaving each session with food and a belly full, you’ll gain cooking skills, fresh ideas, nutrition awareness, and perhaps best of all, new friends.

Some ways to help:

  • Participate in a cooking group and document it with photos and a newsletter article
  • Design cooking activities for children that can be incorporated into the groups
  • Identify sources for ingredients
  • Solicit ingredient donations
  • Be a general “as-needed” helper for the cooking group interns
  • Outreach to new locations that might be interested in hosting future cooking groups

Contact volunteer@kitchencommons.net for more info and to get connected, or select “cooking groups” on our volunteer interest form. For information on starting a cooking group, see the Collective Cooking Group Handbook.