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NETWORKING – Cook Along with Kitchenistas®: The Power of Communities to Use Food as a Platform for Change

May 5, 2021 @ 2:30 pm 4:00 pm PDT

Presented by International Community Foundation

Grab a snack or cook along with Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center and the International Community Foundation (ICF) as we experience authentic connections that mirror the important ways we connect over food and how food can be used as a tool for change.

We invite participants to pull up a chair in our virtual kitchen to cook along with the Kitchenistas®. Don’t want to cook? No problem, feel free to watch the recipe demo, ask any questions, and store that recipe away for later! We’ll also enjoy a screening of The Kitchenistas® of National City documentary trailer to see the impact of Olivewood’s Cooking for Salud® and Kitchenista® programs. Then, enjoy our snack and an opportunity to get to know colleagues better through meaningful conversations about the power of community as it relates to food, equitable and nutritious food access, community building through peer led education, and how to inspire impact through cross-border partnerships.

If you’d like to cook along, click the links below to find the two recipes that we’ll be making together. If you don’t have all the ingredients, don’t worry – this is a very forgiving meal that you can easily sub in whatever you have on hand. Quesadillas aren’t your thing? Don’t fret, you’re welcome to bring any snack or meal you’d like. 

Session goals:
  • Session participants will learn about Olivewood’s Cooking for Salud® and Kitchenista® programs.
  • Participants will have an opportunity to network and get to know each other in a more informal setting while enjoying a snack or meal.
  • Participants will leave seeing the potential impact of collaborative community-based nutrition programs.


McKenzie Campbell – Moderator, International Community Foundation; BCS, MX

McKenzie Campbell

McKenzie Campbell is currently a Program Officer with the International Community Foundation (ICF), where she manages ICF’s growing portfolio of special projects in Baja California Sur, Mexico. McKenzie is expanding ICF’s food system impact in the Baja Peninsula by incubating new initiatives and catalyzing collective action around; equitable access to fresh, healthy food, improved community health and resilience, regenerative production practices and regional marketplace connectivity. McKenzie has 18 years of community organizing, leadership development and nonprofit management experience. Before coming to ICF, she served as the Director of the Colorado State University Center in Todos Santos, where she helped launch CSU’s first international facility, and founded Living Roots (Raíces Vivas), a nonprofit promoting remote ranching communities’ unique cultural heritage through social enterprise. She holds an MBA, in Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise from Colorado State University and a BA in Political Science with a concentration in International Development from Oberlin College. An avid outdoor enthusiast, McKenzie enjoys exploring the coast and mountains with her two young kids.

Callie Brust, Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center; CA

Callie is the Director of Programs for Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center. She has her Masters in Public Health and is also a Registered Dietitian. Over the last 10 years, Callie has worked with nonprofits in Atlanta, Georgia and San Diego County, California to implement nutrition education and food access programs. She has experience developing science-based nutrition curriculum and teaching classes for kids, families, and older adults. Callie is grateful for the opportunity to support all of the wonderful Olivewood Garden programs and cultivate community partnerships. She enjoys spending time with friends and family in the kitchen where food and love abound.

Jacqueline Ante, Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center; CA

Jacqueline Ante is from Mexico, born and raised in Tijuana BC. She currently lives in National City, California with her husband and two kids. Jacqueline is a proud Kitchenista® from the 10th Generation of the Olivewood Garden’s Cooking for Salud® program. She’s witnessed how a lack of access to quality and nutritious food impacts your life and health negatively. Jacqueline facilitates free Kitchenista® programming, coordinates nutrition education classes throughout the community, and recruits and manages other Kitchenistas® to lead because they see the importance of how education can teach ways to improve your health and the health of your family.

Patty Corona, Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center; CA

Patty Corona is a first-generation and professional Kitchenista®. She is Mexican, growing up in both the city and country with deep indigenous roots. Patty coordinates each generation of Cooking for Salud®, equips other program graduates to lead and teach, and explores new partnerships with local chefs, community organizations, and others working in the food system. She loves being a Kitchenista because she’s passionate about sharing and reconnecting new generations with their culture through food, using the universal ingredient of love. Patty is part of a 4-generation matriarchy: her grandmother is 101, her mother is 79, she is 51 and her daughter is 19 years old.

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