Our Intuition Kitchen: 8-week Virtual Communal Cooking Series

Learn how to cook meals and build community together

Special Event
Monday June 15
Virtual Online
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


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We are excited to partner with Beautifully Fed to bring you our 8 week series, taking place Mondays 6pm-7:30pm (June 15, 2020- August 3, 2020)

Join our 8-week virtual cooking series where you'll learn to draw on the wisdom of our cultures, ancestors, and develop your own kitchen intuition so you can make something from nothing in no time. We will be cooking meals together as a community, where you’ll learn healing properties of food, meal planning, and new and easy ways to prepare foods we know and love. We will share stories of familial current and past traditions/experiences around cooking and growing food, as well as, discussions about food justice and sustainable ways for us to live our best lives! 

 Key learning outcomes:

  • Learn basic and new knife skills 
  • Prepare your own adobo and Lawry's style-inspired seasoned salt 
  • Prepare your own sofrito, sazón, green seasoning 
  • To present new and easy ways to prepare foods they already know and love 
  • Celebrate how cooking and eating home-cooked meals makes us feel and to introduce fruits and vegetables people may be less familiar with 
  • Healing properties of food and how it can be used as medicine 
  • Understanding our current food system and ways to engage in the movement for food justice 
  • Understanding of the process of becoming a worker-owned business 

About the Instructors: 

Karen Cherfils, MPH | Culinary Nutrition Education Consultant & Co-Creator of Beautifully Fed 

Karen Cherfils was born and raised in Bronx, NY. She received her MPH from the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University and a Certificate in Culinary Nutrition from the Natural Gourmet Institute. Karen lives in Brooklyn where she trained to become a Community Chef with Just Food. She is one of the co-creators of Beautifully Fed and now more than ever, Karen believes our minds, bodies and souls need to be fed with lots of intention and gentleness.


Merelis Catalina | Community Chef & Co-Creator of Beautifully Fed Food 

Merelis Catalina is a visionary, educator, and New Yorker with roots in the Dominican Republic. Merelis comes from a long line of impeccable cooks, such as her abuelas, mother, and tías that have taught her to be intuitive in the kitchen. She is a member of Beautifully Fed, where she brings her skills in food justice culinary education with a language justice lens. Merelis recognizes the power we hold when we nourish our whole selves, and is committed to being a vessel that reminds people of this wisdom. You can follow her on Instagram @MerelisCatalina.


Maya | Urban Farmer, Food Educator & Co-Creator of Beautifully Fed Food 

Maya is an urban farmer and food educator who was born and raised in Baltimore, and has called Brooklyn her home for almost 10 years. After graduating from Kingsborough Community College's Culinary Arts degree program, Maya apprenticed at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz to get her certificate in Ecological and Sustainable Horticulture. Upon returning to NYC, Maya began leading cooking workshops around the city and training students in ecological farming practices at KCC Urban Farm. She's invested in creating accessible spaces to learn about food and health that center personal stories and traditions, allowing communities of color to engage with their history and power through food.


Fiona Adams | Community Chef, Fitness Instructor, & Co-Creator of Beautifully Fed Food 

Fiona Adams is a community chef and fitness instructor with a passion for educating communities about the power they hold to achieve and maintain optimal health. Born in Guyana and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Fiona was steeped in West Indian traditions that helped her develop a strong belief in the healing benefits of food. She was inspired to start a career in wellness after caring for her mother, who suffered with Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic illnesses for almost 10 years. Fiona trained to be a community chef through Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation’s Culinary and Nutrition Knowledge Sharing program. Fiona believes in meeting people where they are, honoring their wisdom, and building communities that share knowledge, resources, and hearty laughs that inspire people to live their most vibrant lives.