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Urban Co-Op Peoples Kitchen to bring people together through food

The Urban Co-Op will be holding its first ever Urban Co-Op Peoples Kitchen this month. Pictured are Ann Maher, Aisling Finucan, Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Urban Co-Op, Tracey Lynch, Tait House Community Enterprise CEO, Deirdre McMahon and Paul McLoughlin, Urban Co-Op. Picture: Cian Reinhardt/ilovelimerick

Urban Co-Op Peoples Kitchen to bring people together through food

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Maxine Bramley

The Limerick Community Grocery store The Urban Co-Op is hosting its first Urban Co-Op Peoples Kitchen this month.




An invitation is open to all to join in on the event celebrating the power of food to bring people together.

 The Limerick Community Grocery store is Limerick’s first grocery store to be owned, controlled and operated by the community. The community comprises the consumers who shop in the store and the workers who work there and membership is open to all. Their aim is to sell wholesome food at affordable prices, providing maximum transparency in the process.

Urban Co-Op Peoples KitchenIn its new spacious premises, the Urban CoOp offer locally sourced produce and seasonal vegetables from granola, wholemeal bread and raw milk to squash, kale and pumpkins.

In that respect, the Urban Co-Op Peoples Kitchen event takes inspiration from not for profit events where food is given out at cost price and community cooking is promoted so anyone who fancies it can take part in the preparation.

Kate O’Shea is organising the event with Urban Co-Op and has already had huge success with it in Cork, where Peoples Kitchen takes place on a monthly basis.

“Food is a really nice way of bringing a range of people together to do something that doesn’t involve money and profit and this will provide a space for people to be creative in a community effort,” said Kate O’Shea organiser of the Peoples Kitchen event.

For any one interested in attending this event an abundance of tasty food, good music, and lively conversation is a promise.

The Irish Chamber Orchestra and the newly formed band Pamela Dunne and Friends will be bringing a fun music ensemble on the day.

There is a suggested donation of 5e for your meal. How it works is all donations go towards paying for the ingredients and what’s left over goes to next month’s People’s Kitchen. This project is being supported by The Gaff and the Urban Co-Op. If you would like to get involved contact Kate O’ Shea on 083 354 1695.

“Our hopes for this not for profit event is to make it a monthly event, like it is in Cork, as so many people enjoy it there and hopefully we will get the same response here,” Kate O’Shea said.

The Urban Co-Op Peoples Kitchen event will take place this Saturday, August 26 from 1 pm to 4 pm at The Enterprise Building, Tait House, Roxboro Road, Limerick.

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