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ReSoup: Unique Community Dinner in Covington Has City's Health in Mind

It may be one of the most informative dinners you'll ever attend

Covington residents are invited to a "Community ReSoup" dinner in Orchard Park on Sunday, September 25. The Center for Great Neighborhoods's artist in residence Calcagno Cullen initiated the event which will take an artistic and creative approach to community building and information gathering. 

The ReSoup is hosted by the Center, LiveWell NKY, the Northern Kentucky Incubator Kitchen, and Coving10. The community soup dinner will be able to accommodate up to 600 guests who will make art and participate in a discussion.

Here's how it works: Tables for the event will be set up at Orchard Park (Orchard Street in Covington's Westside) and will be covered in butcher paper containing a series of questions about nutrition, food, and health in Covington that aim to spur conversation. Guests will share thoughts and feelings by writing and drawing on the tables, and answering questions like, "What recipe do you remember by heart? Share it here."

Also, "What food do you wish was available in your neighborhood?"

Cullen will use the responses to lead the next phase of the Center's Freshlo initiative, a program that serves to guide the evolution of Covington's food system.

Residents of Covington are invited to a Community ReSoup dinner in Orchard Park on Sunday, September 25. The event will run from 5-8pm and is free and open to the public. Initiated by The Center for Great Neighborhood’s (The Center) Artist in Residence, Calcagno Cullen, the event will take an artistic and creative approach to community building and information gathering.

Two producers from the Northern Kentucky Incubator Kitchen, The Pickled Pig and Passion in my Pans, will prepare the meal, which will be created from ‘rescued’ foods and produce. Organizers worked with local farmers to secure the produce that will go into making the soup. Blue Oven Bakery is donating bread, which will accompany the meal.

In addition to dinner and discussion, attendees will hear ideas for creating positive change in Covington through nutrition and local healthy foods from community members who are participating in a Healthy Quick Pitch competition. Dinner guests will vote on their favorite ideas, with the top two receiving up to $500 in funding from LiveWell Covington and Covington’s Nutrition Action Team. Attendees will also have a chance to learn about and get involved with all of LiveWell Covington’s Action Teams: Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Tobacco Cessation.  

The Community ReSoup and Healthy Quick Pitch competition are part of The Center’s efforts to use food-oriented creative placemaking to spur conversations about nutrition, healthy eating, local food, and community in partnership with The Kresge Foundation and LiveWell NKY. More information can be found online here.  

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Kate Greene, The Center’s program manager of community development at [email protected] or 859.547.5552.

-Staff report