Here is this reflection from Chef Carolyn Gilles of the Wholesome Chef:
Recently, I was fortunate enough to participate as a guest chef with Seedleaf’s Soup’s On event, held in the kitchen at Woodland Christian Church. I so enjoy working with community groups, so I was especially eager when Ryan asked me to join in.
At Soup’s On on September 6th, we used seasonal foods from Seedleaf gardens to make a gorgeous salad of summer squash, carrots, green onions, and tomatoes and a roasted garlic and beet soup with fresh herbs and bread from Sunrise Bakery. Yum!
The event is not all about food in it’s simplest form. The sense of community that happens at Soup’s On is incredible. I’m so used to teaching cooking skills that I immediately went into teaching mode. However, I quickly realized that the dozen or so participants weren’t really there to learn how to cut a carrot, but just to cook with their neighbors. This delighted me to no end! Everyone really got to know each other, shared gardening and cooking tales, and generally just shared an evening together that may have otherwise been spent alone. And everyone was brought there for one reason: they all had a love and support for Seedleaf, including myself.
Our next Soups On comes up on October 4th, but you can join us in kitchens on the North Side of Lexington on Thursday, September 20th (at Epworth UMC), and Tuesday, September 25th (at New Beginnings Church on Bryan Ave), for some canning/preserving. We will be focusing on canning tomatoes. Email me if you are interested in participating in these: email@example.com.