May 2, 2019
Thanks to a generous partnership with CHI Health, we are the proud new owners of the “Gather” mobile kitchen classroom. Custom-built by Imagi-Motive of Austin, TX, this is a fully-functional kitchen trailer outfitted with a 4-burner gas stove & oven, a refrigerator, handwashing sink, and commercial dish sink.
We intend to take this trailer to our school classes and other local foods events. The mobile kitchen will also accompany our Farmers Market Tours this summer where participants learn how to shop & prepare foods from the Farmers Markets. Having a mobile kitchen classroom will allow us to provide hands-on food and cooking demonstrations in conjunction with our garden education classes. This will help us to increase knowledge around preparing and eating garden-fresh produce for our participants.
The “Gather” mobile kitchen classroom made its soft launch at the CHI Midlands Community Health Fair in March. At that event our educators prepared vegan Memphis style BBQ street tacos, slaw, and vegan lemon bars for people participating in the Health Fair at the hospital in Papillion. The mobile kitchen classroom made its big, official debut at City Sprouts South’s Earth Day event in April. At that event, we served salad with locally-grown purple radishes, fresh asparagus, lavender lemonade, and a fresh slaw to accompany chicken sandwiches that City Sprouts provided.
We are incredibly thankful to CHI Health for this generous gift, and we look forward to using it to strengthen our local food systems for many years to come. You can see the trailer for yourself at our Omaha Gives party on May 22nd when Chef Isaiah of Dire Lion food truck will be onhand serving up fresh, tasty foods. Hope to see you there!