Let's cook our way through this.
LIVE COOKING SHOW FROM HARLEM & VIRTUAL DINNER ACROSS THE NATION CELEBRATING TEN OF OUR SWING STATES IN TEN WEEKS
FEATURING “CHEF OF THE SOUL” SAMIR SELMANOVIĆ WITH HOME CHEFS MARK SANDLIN, ALLI MALAFRONTE, AND THEIR SWING-STATE CULINARY STYLINGS
WITH A GUEST MASTER CHEF FROM EACH STATE
2020 Election Day on November 3rd is fast approaching. Let's nourish ourselves and love our country a little more by celebrating people and cuisines from these fine swing states. We will enjoy the people, tastes, and stories from Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Florida, and North Carolina.
Staying at home and preparing food for yourself, your family, or your neighbors has never been more natural. Let's gather our Common Good cooking community and dish out some faith, hope, and love for each other.
Every week, let's connect virtually, cook, eat, and take action together. Chef Samir Selmanović will share custom-made recipes for American Love focused on all-American as well as local swing-state recipes that are heartening, wholesome, and fun to make. Come in and make yourself comfortable.
REGISTER BELLOW, then make two simple steps to join us on Mondays and Thursdays:
Watch American Love LIVE Cooking Show (Mondays 8-9pm ET)
From Samir's kitchen in Harlem, New York City, streaming on Facebook on Monday 8-9pm ET. (Recording and the recipe available the next morning on Facebook and YouTube.)
From Tuesday to Thursday, check out the recipes, prepare one of the dishes. Improvise as necessary.
Enjoy American Love LIVE Virtual Conversation with Vote Common Good cooks, friends, and families. (Thursdays 8-9pm ET)
It's time for the joy of sharing the meal. Connect with all other homes to share your story and hear from local chefs.
You will have options to Zoom in or Facebook in.
When you register we will...
- Keep you informed about all the options you have to watch American Love LIVE Cooking Show (Mondays 8-9pm ET) via Zoom or Facebook
- Make sure you have access to the recording and the recipes after each Monday live cooking show (via Facebook and YouTube)
- Help you connect with others for American Love Live Virtual LIVE Dinner (Thursdays 8-9pm ET) via Zoom or Facebook
- Give you an opportunity to take action for the common good every Thursday
- Offer you extra resources as needed
- Welcome your common good recipes, experiences, stories, and feedback
What makes us American?
When the Hebrew Scriptures advise us to treat the alien and refugee as you would want to be treated, because God desires compassion for the widow, the orphan, the poor, and the vulnerable, they are calling people to seek the common good.
When Jesus says to love your neighbor as yourself, and when Paul says not to seek your own interests only but also the interests of others, and when John and James say that no one can say they love God or have faith in God if they fail to demonstrate love for their neighbor, they are calling people to seek the common good.
When the Quran says that no one is a believer until they desire for their brother or sister what they desire for themselves, and teaches that God made us different so that we would seek to understand and know one another, the Quran is calling humanity to seek the common good.
When the great leaders of Sikhism say to value others as you value yourself, and to avoid creating enmity with anyone because God is within everyone, when Taoists say to regard your neighbor’s gain or loss as your own, when Buddhists and Hindus say do not hurt others in ways you would find hurtful, and when secular humanists advocate the principle of reciprocity, they are calling humanity to seek the common good.
This means that good-hearted Christians, Jews, Muslims, and people of all traditions cannot simply vote for what is best for themselves as individuals or even what is best for their religion, party, race, or nation alone, but must be concerned about the common good.
That's why we are American.
Coming weeks of AMERICAN LOVE...
- Come in, come in, to our laboratory of faith, hope, and love! (Kickoff/dry-run episode: Mon 4/27/20 8-9pm ET)
- WEEK 1: WISCONSIN (Show: Mon 5/4/20 8-9pm ET | Conversation: Thu 5/7/20 8-9pm ET) Guest Chefs: Chef Shack from Bay City, WI
- WEEK 2: MAINE (Show: Mon 5/11/20 8-9pm ET | Conversation: Thu 5/14/20 8-9pm ET) Guest Chef: Chef Kelly from Rockland, ME
- WEEK 3: COLORADO (Show: Mon 5/18/20 8-9pm ET | Conversation: Thu 5/21/20 8-9pm ET)
- WEEK 4: NORTH CAROLINA (Show: Mon 5/25/20 8-9pm ET | Conversation: Thu 5/28/20 8-9pm ET) Chef: Mark Sandlin
- WEEK 5: IOWA (Show: Mon 6/1/20 8-9pm ET | Conversation: Thu 6/4/20 8-9pm ET)
- WEEK 6: BREAK - WEEK DEDICATED TO BLM CAMPAIGNS (Show: Mon 6/8/20 8-9pm ET )
- WEEK 7: PENNSYLVANIA (Show: Mon 6/15/20 8-9pm ET | Conversation: Thu 6/18/20 8-9pm ET)
- WEEK 8: GEORGIA (Show: Mon 6/22/20 8-9pm ET | Conversation: Thu 6/25/20 8-9pm ET) Guest Chef: Tracy Wuel
- WEEK 9: MICHIGAN (Show: Mon 6/29/20 8-9pm ET | Conversation: Thu 7/2/20 8-9pm ET) Guest: Christy Berghoef
- WEEK 10: ALL AMERICAN (Show: Mon 7/6/20 8-9pm ET | Conversation: Thu 7/9/20 8-9pm ET)
Born and raised New Yorker and a multi-hyphenate performer, appearing in a variety of productions, film, theatre and TV, and a teaching artist at Carnegie Hall working with incarcerated youth. www.bridgetbarkan.com
Presbyterian minister, husband, father, writer, and speaker from North Carolina with a passion for good food, red wine, and any bourbon
Single mom of two amazing college kids, talented cook and fanatical foodie, fierce cardiovascular nurse, Georgia Peach, from Georgia
Samir Selmanović, Ph.D. PCC
Leadership coach, chef, and retreat facilitator from New York City, helping people normalize their transformation and discover and achieve their goals through poetry, transformative cooking and other in-life practices
I want to talk about love...
For me, the United States has been a portal into the joy of preparing and sharing food from all over the world. Each experience with food and the people who prepare it has been sensory, storied, and nourishing. Food disarms, builds bonds, and reminds us of our capacity for faith, hope, and love in the midst of any crisis.
However, it has not always been this way. As an immigrant from Croatia, I remember walking the strange streets of Chicago, hoping to find my way here. At first, I was amused but not interested in those who were different from me. I was barely keeping my head above the water of overwhelming diversity. There was simply too much to learn, too much to adjust to, too much change.
And that's when Americans, people who were here for generations before me, came into my life and helped me. They loved me into belonging here, creating space for me where I could embrace this place as my new and true home. They also loved me into becoming who I wanted and could be. They were gracious enough, not only to give but also to receive. They laughed with me, at me, and at themselves.
I realized that everyone in the United States is, actually, an immigrant. Even them. Even you. With so much change, we all feel displaced. And are here to gift each other with this unique kind of American grace.
Eventually, with respect and support of both red and blue Americans, I was welcomed and embraced into American citizenship.
For me, America is love. As I realized that over the years, I have turned my attention to American food, American stories, and incredible American people, from the prairies, the seacoasts, and the mountains. From highways to subways, from city avenues to country roads. Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike. Oh, there are so many great people everywhere you turn, it's overwhelming.
We all come to our kitchens and dining tables to center ourselves, comfort each other, and create something new. There are simply too many great people and too much good food for anyone of us to be owned by a political party. We have enough courage and love to defy our separation and isolation.
Who are you? Turn on your range or pull up a chair and tell me. Let's live, love, and cook more closely, more compassionately, and more courageously.
Chef Samir Selmanović (Harlem, New York City)