Community Events

Fall 2017

Dinner and a Movie at Robin Hills Farm: September 16th. For the third year, CCK is co-hosting a farm to table dinner at the farm, followed by a screening of a film about local food. The meal will be prepared by Chef Emily van der Waard and students of Robin Hills Farm’s “Garden Party Series”. The film will followed by a discussion by local food experts.


Spring 2017


Join CCK for this fundraising event to help support our youth programming. Profits will enable us to hold our Kids Cooking Programs. Join CCK for a driving tour of three of Chelsea’s local beer businesses. All stops include a tour, beer tasting and food pairing. Click here to learn more and register.

Winter 2016

Fl!p Your K!tchen Book Signing – Chelsea Community Kitchen partnered with Liza Baker, one of our class instructors, to launch her new book Fl!p Your K!tchen on Thursday, November 10, 7-8 pm at the Chelsea First United Methodist Church.  The book not only features over 150 recipes, but time saving strategies, cooking techniques, and tips on shopping for ingredients on a budget. Visit Liza’s website at

Summer 2016

Robin Run – CCK partnered with Robin Hills Farm on September 17 for their Robin Run event. This included a 5K or 10K adventure race on the farm’s trails with various obstacles, music, food, dancing and beverages. CCK ran the beer tent during this event, and received all of the profits from the tent to help our mission.

Dinner and a Movie at Robin Hills Farm – September 29. For the second year, CCK co-hosted a farm to table dinner at the farm, followed by a screening of a film about local food. The meal was prepared by Chef Emily van der Waard and students of Robin Hills Farm’s “Garden Party Series”. The film was followed by a discussion by local food experts from The Common Grill, Fluffy Bottom Farm, and The Brinery/Community Farm.

SAVOR- A Local Hops and Beer Tour: October 15. Join CCK for a tour and tasting of 3 of Chelsea’s beer businesses: The Groovy Hopster, the Chelsea Alehouse, and one other location TBD. Click here for more details and to register. $45/ticket

Fall 2015

Join CCK and Robin Hills Farm on Sept. 26 as they present Growing Local, a documentary about the local food movement.  For details click here.

Summer 2015

Did you see CCK at the Chelsea Wellness Foundation table at the UMRC Employee Health Fair on Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015?  Look for us again next year.

CCK was at the Ironclad Vintage Baseball Festival, Saturday, July 18, 2015.  Chelsea High School athletic fields.  Free admission. 9am-4pm.

Summer 2014
CCK was at the Chelsea Community Center Open House, August 12, 2014. Washington Street Education Center, 10-2.

Summer 2013

Attention all who have an interest in canning.  Chelsea canning enthusiast, Terry Peyton, is planning a busy summer and fall – second Saturdays at St. Paul’s UCC.

open canning days

At the Bushel Basket Market, Wednesday, July 24 and Chelsea Farmers Market, Saturday, July 27 – Peter di Lorenzi presented “Budget Market Meals” – a demonstration and tasting.  Check out the article in Chelsea Update.

2012 Community Events

5H Community Read Finale!
Saturday, November 10,  1 PM
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street
Drop-in, All Ages

Senior associate editor at Mother Earth News, and author Robin Mather discussed her book, The Feast Nearby, a collection of essays and recipes from a year of eating locally on a budget of $40 a week.  She related her book to Michael Pollan’s book “In Defense of Food” and interacted with the audience on topics such as food sovereignty.

Canning Day (led by Terry Peyton, local canning aficionado)
Saturday, September 29, FREE
9 AM until ?
St Paul United Church of Christ, 14600 Old US 12, Chelsea

Participants brought their own produce and jars. Terry provided canning equipment and supervision.
Excess harvest dropped off benefited the Faith in Action food pantry.

A flyer with more details is available here.

Dr. Oran Hesterman’s lecture on “Fair Food” – September 23rd

Dr. Oran Hesterman, President and CEO of Fair Food Network ( and author of Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All, presented a talk on “Fair Food” as part of the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor’s Klein Lecture series.

Dr. Hesterman advocates changing not only what we eat, but how our food is grown, packaged, delivered, and sold. Believing that we can’t fix our broken food system one problem at a time, Dr. Hesterman shows how we can redesign that system as a whole.

CCK was one of the co-sponsors of the event, providing food for the reception that followed the lecture.

Community Read Kickoff
Saturday, September 15, 12–2 PM
McKune Room, Chelsea District Library
Drop-in, All Ages

The kickoff will featured live music, a visit from food luminary Kim Bayer, and food events for kids. People picked up copies of In Defense of Food to read and pass along, sampled healthy snacks, and joined members from all five healthy communities to promote health and wellness.

Photos from the event are on CCK’s Facebook page.

Festival of Food – a luncheon fundraiser for the Chelsea Senior Center, June 23, 2012.  CCK designed and hosted a “Vintage Kitchen” table for the Festival.  You can see photos of our creation and some delighted guests on our Facebook page.

Connecting to Your Local Food System – Members of the Chelsea Community Kitchen Board of Directors enjoyed talking with visitors to our booth at the Chelsea Spring Expo on Saturday, April 14, 2012.  in addition to learning about what CCK does, visitors could view a slide show about what’s going on in and around Chelsea when it comes to finding, enjoying and supporting sources of food that is locally grown and raised. 

Healthy, Flavorful, and Easy Dishes From Your Garden – Part of the Garden Mill’s “Green Thumb” series: March 17, 2012, 2 pm.  Educator, speaker, and Chelsea Community Kitchen board member, Peter di Lorenzi demonstrated delicious, healthy, recipes using ingredients grown right outside your kitchen. We enjoyed meeting the attendees and telling them about CCK!

A Taste of Summer:  (February 2012) – great conversation about preserving fruits and veggies as they are harvested; great tastes, too!  See our blog post for details and our Facebook page for photos.

More:   Check our “Cooking & Healthy Food Classes” page for information about classes for the general public presented in 2012.  Eat Better is the theme of this year’s Community Read and CCK is a major contributor to the design and staffing of the programs offered.

5H Community Read Programs
(See all events for all 5 towns at the 5H Community Read web site)


Savor: A Local Wine & Food Tour (November 2011) – photos on our Facebook page. We visited 3 gems located in the nearby Waterloo State Recreation Area: Lone Oak Vineyard Estates, Mill Pond Bread and Sandhill Crane Vineyards.

5 Healthy Towns Party (September 2011) – check out this short YouTube video of the event.  We had a great time staffing the Chelsea Community Kitchen’s table for Eat Better Food Samples brought to you by the event’s sponsor, Chelsea Wellness Foundation.  Let us know if you’d like a recipe for quinoa tabouli or hummus, or if you want to know where we got the cherry berry nut mix.

Cooking demos & presentations:

Our 2011 events in partnership with the Chelsea District Library and the Chelsea Senior Center were well-received. Watch for announcements about future programs.



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