Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Urban Chicken Farming with John Cassidy

Here's a video shot by the KDF for Hollygrove Market and Farm. John isn't at Hollygrove M&F anymore, but can be found at www.cassidyoutdoor.com

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The KDF Chicken Killing Demonstration

Everyone who eats meat should participate periodically in its killing. If you're not a vegetarian then do yourself a favor and eat something that you kill. There would be a lot less meat consumption if us omnivores were a little more attached to the killing portion of our meat consumption. The industrialization of our food is doing something to our subconscious; can't say exactly how it has and will effect us but it can't be good..

Thursday, December 3, 2009

To do good, and do good for ourselves

There are 3 kinds of good people:

1) Those who do good.
2) Those who do good for themselves.
3) Those who do good deeds and do well for themselves.

Throughout our childhood we are told to do good and good things will happen to us. 
Then we get a job, move out, call home and hear about how we need to do good for ourselves.
These are the 2 golden rules.

When I look around now I see that we are losing our "good middle class" - those people that do both good and do good for themselves. This decline is directly related to the demise of the small business. The small business owner is the epitome of a person doing good and doing good for oneself. We've all heard the old time stories of business owners who made their living serving their community, extending credit when needed, calling it in when it was needed.

Now when a person is in business the goal is not just to own a corner store, it's to expand, franchise, brand, grow. But these business owners still have the desire to do good, so they set up foundations, trusts, and endowments to pay others to do the good they don't have time to do themselves.

Now we have the for profit world (who do good for themselves) and the not for profit world (who do good). and continue to lose that middle class of small business owners who played each of those roles. 

Now there is a group of people who look down on their peers if they have a car that cost's less than $15,000 and a group who looks down on their peers if the car cost more than that.

Basically, I wanted to explain how the Krewe De Food's goal is for the individual cooks to do good, but also do good for themselves. We will give opportunities to others AND ourselves, and know that the desire for both is absolutely human.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The New Home of the Krewe De Food

The Krewe De Food was instated over a year ago in response to the opportunity to utilize a commercial kitchen at a school given over to arts education programing through a Recovery School District partnership with the New Orleans Creative Alliance. 
See the dream here:


It seemed like the perfect opportunity to create our city's 1st culinary incubator... all we had to do was completely rebuild the kitchen, and we did, and it took a long time and alot of my personal $, and we provided the food for a great Jazz Fest event, and then, we were kindly asked to vacate the school - the RSD decided they wanted the school back as a school and needed to start construction asap - that was July 2009. If you drive by and see any construction please let me know.

Insert long, depressing, interim moving a kitchen/ looking for a space part here.

About a month ago I got a mass email c/o Susan Spicer about a woman at the New Orleans Mission who was asking for financial / equipment donations.

Insert short, positive, moving kitchen equipment for a great cause part here.

In exchange for giving The Mission the equipment that was donated to us, we get to use the kitchen as an incubator on the weekends. 

What is the Krewe De Food?

The Krewe De Food is a cooperative of culinary professionals who work individually and together as part of New Orleans' first culinary incubator kitchen (Culinary Inc.).
To be a member of the Krewe one has to have worked in a professional kitchen for at least 2 years, have a food handlers certificate and, most importantly, posses a drive to enrich yourself and the community. 
Each Krewe member must:
- Have an idea for a food product that he or she wants to develop.
- "Pay" for personal incubator kitchen time with culinary service.
- Leave the kitchen how you found it.
That's it.
If you or someone you know is interested in being a part of the KDF, you/they can contact me through this blog.