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Palenke Experience at Power to Be


We were invited by the Victoria Foundation and Power to Be to host our La Caldosa, Palenke Experience for the big launch of the new Power to Be kitchen and cook up some delicious Afro Cuban and Mexican cuisine with a West Coast twist for 40 people.



It was definitely a challenge, but with so many helping hands and good energy we pulled it off. Karina from Food on the Run, our best partner, made the most amazing tamales and shared with the audience how to make Tamales. While cooking, we danced to some great tunes from my brother Dj Jigue and traditional Cuban Music, and reflected on our love for plant-based food and its intersectionality with trust-based philanthropy. It was so rewarding to see everyone, especially the kiddos, enjoying the meal together.


At the core of our love for cooking is our desire to share our ancestral wisdom and cultural heritage. It was truly an honour to showcase our Palenke Experience, which celebrates the rich culinary traditions of Afro Cuban with a West Coast twist. We are grateful to the Victoria Foundation and Power to be for this incredible opportunity to cook and share our passion for plant-based food in the community.


We couldn't have done it without the support of our community, our Program Coordinator Anna-Maria, and especially Karina from Food on the Run, who made the most amazing tamales and shared her knowledge with the audience. With so many helping hands and good energy, we were able to pull it off!


What was on the menu? We started off with a Hibiscus coconut refresher, almond oat bread, then had mains of Afro Cuban Fufu and Eggplant and Okra Stew, and closed out with brownies and strawberry and banana Ice cream!


We can't wait to keep sharing our learnings in community - stay tuned for more delicious adventures!


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