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Community Cook-Off to Promote Unity

By Aaryn Frazier, October 12, 2018

Ottumwa Citizens Against Poverty is holding a community cook-off on Sunday, October 21.

The day is called titled “Cook Your Culture”, and Ottumwa Citizens Against Poverty (OCAP) hopes it promotes inclusion and celebration of community diversity. Over fifty pounds of pork has been donated by UFCW Local 230 to help feed people at Sycamore Park on the day of the cook-off.

Culture takes many forms but everyone eats. Ottumwa has become as much of a melting pot as America in the last few years,” said Alex Stroda, one of OCAP’s organizers. “We want to celebrate this through food. Breaking bread is a great way to learn about each other and build bonds of community.”

Currently, OCAP is looking for cooks and culinary masters to prepare culturally diverse meals. Those who want to enter must arrive between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. OCAP wants cooks to be aware of food allergens because the dishes will be served to the public after judging.

“Bring a dish or dessert to tickle the taste buds of our judges. Dishes can be anything you like, a side dish to go with the BBQ we’re providing, your favorite ‘hot dish’, or your abuela’s tamales. Dessert can be anything sweet, from a jell-o mold straight out of the 1950s to pies, cakes or whatever you dream up,” Stroda said.

Entry forms can be found on the OCAP Facebook Page: Cook Your Culture-Off, their wordpress website at www.ottumwacap.wordpress.com or the day of at Sycamore Park.

For any questions or assistance contact Alex Stroda at (641) 799-2779 or by email at mr.stroda.teacher@gmail.com

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