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Cooking co ops open in the Short North and on the East Side

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    Tom Over
    Tom Over
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    Actually, that’s just a daydream, at least so far. Leaves on the ground leave a musky smell that casts a spell over me.

    But wouldn’t a cooking co op complement our city’s community gardens, and farmer’s markets ?

    In churches and rec. centers around the city, there seems significant space for storing, cooking, and celebrating food.

    There are likely to be spaces available in Clintonville, the university area, the Short North, or the East Side without high financial or legal hurdles for organizers to clear.

    With the right leadership and commitment from those involved , one or more cooking co ops would be accessible to the general community, not elitist or cliquish.

    Yet these facilities would have a system of accountability— basic screening of participants and other record keeping— to maintain them as wholesome places where people share skills and pool resources.

    I imagine them as places hospitable to vegans, omnivores, locavores and those who profess a values-free enjoyment of food.

    Obviously, many of us have experienced the satisfaction of preparing and eating food with friends, lovers, colleagues, and family members. But why stop there ?

    By growing, preparing and celebrating food within the broader community, we can work with people to prepare for a future which may differ significantly from the life we now live, and enjoy ourselves along the way.

    These places wouldn’t be all things to all people, of course. They wouldn’t replace eating at home or eating at restaurants just as Third Hand hasn’t put Bike Source or Baer Wheels out of business. But, like the bike co op, a cooking co op would likely enrich our community.

    #409328

    JonMyers
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    So start one. What are you waiting on?

    #409329

    lifeliberty
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    there’s really no demand for one. (Most) homes come with kitchens, they do not necessarily come with lawns for gardens or garages for wrenching.

    btw, there are shared kitchens around, utilized now mostly for small businesses. One is in the old Cajohns facility on Oakland park, and I believe there is another.

    I’m not sure if it is still happening or not http://www.columbusdiningguide.com/live/content/features/stories/2010/03/11/TW_Urban-Chefs.html?sid=108

    also here for more info http://www.ediblecommunities.com/columbus/blog/a-food-incubator-space-is-coming-to-columbus.htm

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    Snarf
    Snarf
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    Awesome thread!

    #409331

    duncanfj
    Participant

    Could Walker rename the thread as the title has pretty much no connection to the thread itself?

    #409332

    cbus11
    Member

    Not wanting to belabor this, but I recall seeing a video about a community kitchen that was run just off of campus in the 1970’s by some of the people who started comfest. It was open to everyone and a lot like what TomOver is describing.

    #409333
    Tom Over
    Tom Over
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    JonMyers wrote >>
    So start one. What are you waiting on?

    I intend to present this idea to people such as Catherine Gervis of the University Area Enrichment Association, and others with some experience with similar endeavors.

    Vince of Cafe Bella last night said the facility would work better as a business of some sort, bringing in some money, and not as a not-for-profit depending on grants and donations.

    #409334

    JonMyers
    Participant

    Tom, I’m biased, but I don’t think most things work well as a non-profit either.

    #409335
    Tom Over
    Tom Over
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    lifeliberty wrote >>
    there’s really no demand for one. (Most) homes come with kitchens, they do not necessarily come with lawns for gardens or garages for wrenching.
    btw, there are shared kitchens around, utilized now mostly for small businesses. One is in the old Cajohns facility on Oakland park, and I believe there is another.
    I’m not sure if it is still happening or not http://www.columbusdiningguide.com/live/content/features/stories/2010/03/11/TW_Urban-Chefs.html?sid=108
    also here for more info http://www.ediblecommunities.com/columbus/blog/a-food-incubator-space-is-coming-to-columbus.htm

    Thanks for the links. Urban Chefs and the incubator project seem more business-oriented than what I was thinking of. But, as I said before, at least one person so far–Vince of Cafe Bella–suggests a small business of some sort bringing in money would be preferable to trying to get a not-for-profit started, depending on grants and donations.

    I’ve written a grant and am currently involved with complying with it (for WCRS). It can have its downside. The term ‘not-profit-industrial-complex’ comes to mind, as well as the book “The Revolution Will Not Be Funded.”

    Come to think of it, perhaps I’ve been somewhat prejudiced against the idea of helping with the formation of a business such as this , being ‘anti-business’ as some folk might say regarding environmentalists and human rights activists.

    But who, including sort of socialist-leaning types such as myself, would be against small businesses ? What I am against is businesses being so large and powerful that they have inordinate influence over our government, privatizing gains and socializing costs. I’m not against corporations per se, though the legal concept of corporate personhood seems absurd and destructive.

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