Artist: Chef Chiwishi Joy Abney

Bread & Pastry

Cancer Fighting Menu For LIfe
Program Description: A loved one has been diagnosed with some form of cancer. After meeting with the hospital’s dietitian you may need additional meal planning and preparation techniques. This Cancer -Fighting cooking class is for you! We will dig deep into our ‘culinary pharmacy’ and create a ‘Menu Action Plan’ for your loved one with an emphasis on organic foods and sourcing from local farms. The entire menu is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals. This workshop is specifically designed to assist patients, families and caregivers with incredible recipes and a ‘Menu ActionPlan’ that will give a much needed boost during this daunting time of (naturalistic or traditional ) treatment. Cookbook Reference: The Cancer Fighting Kitchen by Rebecca Katz and Mat Edelson. Teens and adults are welcome to join this cooking class which lasts 2 hours in duration. Cooked food prepared with love can be packaged for travel to take and share immediately. Nourish the body, bless the soul during this time to help patients thrive during treatment and beyond.
Length of Program: 2 hours
Maximum Number of Participants: 10
Venue Requirements: Agency must have a sink for food prep and clean-up, tables for the activity, stove, and oven.
Cost: $425
Bread Baking for Healing
Program Description: Healing through Bread Baking is a life changing experience designated for people who face challenges in life that can become overwhelming or those that just need help with coping. This workshop is a chance for spiritual renewal with self. The bread represents us, our lives and our essence. Just like the bread baking process, we as individuals have many stages of development. We are stretched and ‘kneaded’ too! Using a combination of demo and hands on activities, participants will experience the ‘letting go dough’ activity as well as the ‘taking hold of …’ segment. The act of pounding and kneading dough is an awesome time to get revived, rejuvenated and refreshed. Time to let go of the negative and take hold of the positive! Bread Baking is special because of the many stages in the process. As we develop and grow we can begin to appreciate the positive stages and let the challenging ones pass behind us. Each process has a purpose; we will discuss how our everyday lives relate to the bread baking process. Recipes include challah, honey-whole wheat and/ or pizza dough. A powerful workshop designed to release stress and anxiety and embrace peace and clarity! Recipes, Introduction and Stages of Bread Making photocopied from The Essentials of Baking by Willams-Sonoma.
Length of Program: 2.25 hours
Maximum Number of Participants: 40 (ages 6+)
Venue Requirements: Agency must have a sink for food prep and clean-up, tables for the activity, stove, and oven.
Cost: $325
Pastry and Poetry for Girls
Program Description: Everyone has an innate need to be heard. Dessert time is a happy time. A time to relax, unwind and take pleasure in something sweet. Pastr & Poetry 4 Girls exists to give young ladies of all ethnicities, cultures and backgrounds a chance to be heard, and a chance to create her own tangible version of sweet. Poetry is a form of sharing, just like you would share a meal or dessert. This program allows young women to creatively express themselves with the spoken and written word as well as through food. Participants will explore, share and interpret the work of some of America’s best modern day poets: Dr. Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni and Sonia Sanchez. We will also enjoy recipes by celebrity chef and cook book authors Cat Cora, Ina Garten and Delilah Winder. Each session will explore various points of view, tastes, textures and techniques while recognizing each girl’s own special story. Participants can create their own poems about themselves, whether it’s about past disappointments, present determination or future dreams. Desserts are intended to complement the poet’s region of origin and /or the specific ingredients mentioned in the poem. For example, “Fruits had a fight,” a poem by Marinela Reka. Recipes: Pear Crostata with Raspberry glaze and Cherry Pocket Pies.
Length of Program: 2.5 hours
Maximum Number of Participants: 40 (ages 9-19)
Venue Requirements: Agency must have a sink for food prep and clean-up, tables for the activity, stove, and oven
Cost: $325

Chiwishi Joy Abney is a chef and community based culinary arts educator. She enjoys event planning, teaching and catering to a large range of diversified groups. Chef Chiwishi has over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry with a passion for the achievement and spiritual development of today’s children and youth.