COVID-19 impacted the business model of many community-driven caterers, restaurants, and folk artists who, through food and art, provided meaningful cultural connections for people across Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. To ensure that culturally-meaningful food and art would continue on and thrive past the pandemic, we created Community Kitchens.
This grassroots fundraising initiative works in partnerships with these local artists and businesses to offer a curated boxed dinner based in a unique culinary tradition found throughout the Philadelphia region. In addition to a meal for two, the boxes highlight the city’s diverse foodways and the incredible work of some of our closest constituents through ethnographic narratives, interpretative materials, and fun mementos the whole family can enjoy.
When you purchase a Community Kitchens box, you are supporting the Folklore Project’s citywide commitment to work with communities to build upon cultural heritage as a resource for community health and infrastructure. Thanks to our dedicated 50/50 profit sharing model, these same dollars also go directly to our local vendors and creatives as they look to rebuild their businesses and overcome pandemic related losses.
Listed in this page are our past Community Kitchens partnerships, as well as our next venture, available for a limited time.