Dear Alieska, Brian, Amanda, Chad and Carl,
As you enter the next phase, having completed the extensive and exhausting studio work, I want to publicly thank you for contacting me and including me in this ground-breaking project. What an immense task you have undertaken to bring both the culinary and agricultural community to the attention of the larger public. Your impact as artists, innovators, communicators and community builders is more than admirable. I have tremendous respect and appreciation for the dedication, talent and skill everyone involved has brought to this initiative. I also want to acknowledge the generosity of McKaskell Haindl for providing a creative and collaborative studio space for all involved. It is this type of support and community spirit that has enhanced this project from the beginning.
People coming together with mutual understanding and expectations provide a place to build and foster a stronger food community. Passion and commitment need to be acknowledged but so does your professionalism. The manner in which you have proceeded with the Forest City Cookbook goes a long way to advancing and giving voice to the agricultural and culinary sector. As well, you have provided a fresh platform for community engagement.
Many people who are employed in kitchens feel they are working in a vacuum, in the absence of connections with their colleagues and other professionals in the industry. There has been a lack of sustained, dedicated support in giving voice to and highlighting the profiles of people in the culinary and agricultural community. I know the Forest City Cookbook will go a long way in not only elevating but providing insight into the tremendous amount of local talent and culinary innovation.
Bryan Lavery November 10, 2017
In response to the Forest City Cookbook’s crowdfunding campaign, London developer Joe Carapella is pitching in to help. Carapella’s Tricar Group has pre-ordered 200 books to help fund the production and printing of London Ontario’s community cookbook. This donation pushed Forest City Cookbook past its minimum goal of 1000 books pre-ordered. If you don’t have a copy reserved yet, be sure to place your order by December! forestcitycookbook.com