RAISE the ROOT is a cooking collective consisting of Chefs, Food Artisans and You! the community, Our community. We want to challenge the current culinary model by making food education accessible to anyone who desires to get to know their food.
We believe that if you give people the knowledge and tools to navigate the culinary landscape it will empower them to make informed decisions that will affect the health and well being of themselves, their families and their local communities. By understanding where our food comes from, developing relationships with the people who produce our food and supporting our local food system – together we can be the change. For us, health starts in the fields and culminates in the kitchen.
Real People Cooking Real Food™
As a second generation urban gardener living in the heart of Berkeley, my love of gardening is a natural extension of my love of food, of both cooking and eating in community, a love passed on to me from my mother.
My passion for teaching is fueled by fourteen years in Latin America, where I taught English and business.
I combine my twin passions, teaching and cooking, with my experience, to bring real local food to real people, reconnecting them to their local food shed and giving them the knowledge and the skills to prepare good food using traditional cooking techniques that are both healthy and delicious.