Familia has been fostering a sense of community through several activities and programmes throughout its 35 years history. Such activities include the Cooking Club. This unique culinary initiative has been bringing together people from diverse cultural backgrounds (along with Finns) under the same roof. Lauttasaaren Alpaja Nuoristotalo served as the backdrop for these cross-cultural exchanges.
Soon after its first sessions, the Kitchen Club evolved into a vibrant and dynamic hub where everyone was welcome to come and celebrate the richness of culinary traditions, have a good time, and make new friends. What distinguished Familia’s Kitchen Club apart was its ability to transcend cultural barriers through the universal language of food.
Tuula Jakowleff emphasized:
The kitchen is the heart of the home. In addition to pinata, the art club also taught papier-mache work, handmade paper, woven work, marbled and silk-dyed eggs, stick horses and so on. There they sat tightly side by side on kitchen benches. The chatter was exhilarating as recipes were exchanged, tastes were guessed at and good advice was showered down in spades.
In Tuula Jakowleff's words:
Cooking gave them back something of their own from their own country, and the room was full of happy, laughing people all the time, excitedly talking about things like the customs of their country, their own families and their mothers' secret recipes. They were at home, you could say.
For Familia, the Cooking Club, later known as the Kitchen Club, it’s not just about cooking, it’s about creating a deeper understanding and appreciation for diversity found in Familia’s community.
Familia's Kitchen Club stands as a shining example of how the simple act of cooking can bridge cultural gaps, connect generations, and build lasting connections.
Haluamme kertoa juhlavuotemme kunniaksi 35 tarinaa kahden kulttuurin perheistä
ulkaisemme 35 viikon ajan 35 erilaista tarinaa, jotka kuvastavat monia haasteita ja mahdollisuuksia, joita kahden kulttuurin perheet jokapäiväisessä elämässään kohtaavat. Haluamme näiden tarinoiden heijastavan todellisuutta ja tarjoavan vertaistukea, voimaannuttavia kokemuksia ja inspiraation lähteitä sekä lisäävän tietoisuutta kulttuurienvälisyydestä ja monikielisyydestä Suomessa.
For 35 weeks, we will be publishing 35 different stories that reflect the many challenges and opportunities intercultural families face in their everyday lives. We want these stories to reflect reality and serve as an accessible peer support, source of empowerment and inspiration, and increase awareness of Interculturalism and Multilingualism in Finland.