Ericka Foster

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The Cook’s Nook is Nominated for a Mosaic Award

In August 2019, the Cook's Nook was nominated for a Mosaic Award. The Mosaic Awards celebrate diversity in the Austin Area. The Cook's Nook was in good company in the accelerator category, joining Capital Factory, Founder Institute, Mass Challenge, Techstars, and the winner, DivInc. In 2019, diversity is not just a feel-good notion, it is [...]

2019-08-27T07:29:07-05:00August 27th, 2019|News|

Juneteenth Celebration at James Beard House

Joi's dish highlighted "Glory". On Thursday, June 18th, 2019, seven of the country’s most prominent chefs cooked and presented dishes in honor of Juneteenth. One of those chefs included the Cook’s Nook’s founder Joi Chevalier. “For us, Juneteenth is about food, family, and celebration,” Joi explained. On June 19th 1865, 2.5 years after [...]

2019-07-08T19:48:56-05:00July 8th, 2019|News|

Let Freedom Ring! Enjoy a Juneteenth Shoebox Lunch from the Cook’s Nook

On Saturday, June 15th, the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center presents “Let Freedom Ring!” a Juneteenth celebration. This FREE event features crafts, carnival games, human hamster ball races, bungee/ joust jumper and a mobile arcade. A Juneteenth Marketplace includes Melanated Marketplace with local vendors, character reenactments of the "Texas Slave Narratives", and [...]

2019-06-04T20:28:04-05:00June 4th, 2019|Announcements|

Joi Chevalier and Friends Participate in the Taste of Black Austin

On Thursday, June 20th, the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce presents the Black Taste of Austin. This year’s event showcases Victor H. Green's "Negro Motorist Green-Book”. The book served as a guide for African Americans traveling through the segregated South. The book included homes, churches, Black-owned establishments. Taking place at the Peached Social House [...]

2019-06-06T18:03:49-05:00June 4th, 2019|Announcements, Member Events|

Cook’s Nook and Vinder Collaborate to Highlight Local Resources

The Cook’s Nook members collaborated with Vinder to highlight local growers and produce. Taking advantage of local resources doesn't just boost the local economy, local produce that hasn't been on a truck for days is fresher and packed with nutrients. Vinder is an organization that connects home growers with community members looking for local produce. [...]

2019-05-08T19:23:05-05:00May 8th, 2019|News|

Joi Chevalier Presents at the James Beard House

Any foodie worth her salt has heard of the esteemed James Beard Awards. The mission of the foundation is to “celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America's food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone.” The organization does more than give out awards, it fosters a community of culinary excellence through [...]

2019-06-06T18:10:57-05:00May 6th, 2019|Announcements|

The Cook’s Nook Founder as Thought Leader on Food and Tech

The Refresh Working Group brings together farmers, small business owners, researchers, corporate partners, nonprofit leaders, educators, community organizers, and innovators to integrate food and technology in a responsible way. Joi Chevalier is a board member of the Refresh Working group. Recently, she participated in a SXSW panel on Re-Linking the Food Supply Chain. Along with [...]

2019-03-26T20:08:51-05:00March 26th, 2019|News|

Joi Chevalier Weighs in on Re-Linking the Food Supply Chain

The Refresh Working Group, Google and Swell Creative Group have come together for a daylong discussion on how innovative technology is changing the way we produce, eat, distribute and manufacture food. If the future of food is in technology, how can companies use technology to meet the challenge of feeding the population with innovation and [...]

2019-03-04T19:00:04-05:00March 4th, 2019|News|

Black History Is Happening All Around Us

The Cook’s Nook own Joi Chevalier is making history right here in Austin. KVUE recently profiled her experience and contribution to Austin’s food scene. “I was obligated to be better, to do better, to do more...," Chevalier said in her interview. Watch the entire interview to learn more about Joi and her inspiration to create [...]

2019-02-24T12:54:52-05:00February 24th, 2019|News|