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Woke Foods


Awakening The Healing Traditions of Dominican Food

 

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Woke Foods


Awakening The Healing Traditions of Dominican Food

 

Woke Foods is a women owned food service cooperative THAT TAPS INTO THE healing traditions of Dominican and other afro-caribbean food TO CREATE RECIPES, HOST COOKING CLASSES, teach workshops, AND CATER EVENTS.


What is WOKE? Woke is a state of consciousness that allows us to understand how politics influences our personal lives. Woke Foods believes mindful eating and ancestral foods is a way to keep our cultural traditions alive. Our food is influenced by the flavors of the Dominican Republic, and prepared with plant-based ingredients -- in other words: no meat. We are a socially conscious, sustainable green food business. We use food as a tool to leverage our political and spiritual power. Sourcing our ingredients from local New York community gardens and farms, using earth-friendly materials, composting our waste, and running as a worker-owned cooperative, is how we create economic power and commit to our community and Mother Earth.  

 

stay woke about your food.

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Our Story


Our Story


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In May 2016, Ysanet Batista quit her non-profit job to focus more on work that addressed racism and systems of oppression, shortly after Woke Foods was born. Ysanet who had been cooking for most of her life and at the same time have dived into community organizing, began to see the intersection of food, health, and race, and how our current food system was negatively impacting the health of our black and brown communities. While living in Washington Heights in the apartment of her friend Heidi Maria Lopez, she started preparing foods to address these issues by offering food that was healthy and culturally relevant in the form of meal planning and catering. Woke Foods truly began to take shape with the advice, input, and word of mouth marketing of Ysanet’s close friends at the time, Heidi Maria Lopez, Luis Tapia, and Merelis Catalina Ortiz. As Woke Foods was embraced by Washington Heights and South Bronx, the need for this work became increasingly apparent and necessary. When the opportunity to enroll in Green Workers Cooperative Co-op Academy, a development program that guides and aides people of color to launch cooperative businesses, Ysanet reached out to two potential business partners to grow the business into a worker coop, Merelis Catalina Ortiz and Claudia Mena. Merelis worked in food justice and had been studying traditional Dominican food practices and connected with Ysanet in 2015 at a women’s circle gathering in Washington Heights. Claudia had worked with Ysanet at NYC Farmers Market and has successfully launched a juicing business. They started coop academy and learned about Ysanet’s goals for Woke Foods and found their values were aligned in many ways and wanted to be a part of growing the business. In February 2017, Woke Foods graduated from Green Workers Cooperative’ Co-op Academy, and formed as a green cooperative business. This piece is important to Woke Foods because the business is part of a movement that is much larger than themselves. A movement working towards food sovereignty (where all people exercise the right to control our own food systems), building a strong local economy within the Bronx and Northern Manhattan rooted in democracy and environmental justice.

Last year, Merelis and Ysanet launched an Indiegogo campaign and their people donated and they raised 2k in start-up funds. A few months, with the help of Sanjana Khan (formerly their Cooperative Developer at Green Worker Cooperatives), Woke Foods was accepted into the incubator commercial kitchen, Hot Bread Kitchen in East Harlem AND receive a loan from The Working World. Claudia Mena and Merelis Catalina Ortiz have moved on to do other work within food movement and wellness. Much of the development, experimentation, and success of the business and vision is attributed to the collective work of Claudia, Merelis, Ysanet + their friends & family.

Today, Woke Foods is ran by Ysanet Batista and employs 4 women of color. They have catered for events at non-profits, grassroots organization, social justice conferences, and even the wedding of two beloved community organizers! Recently, they were awarded a grant by Citizens Committee for New York City, to offer free cooking classes for community organizers living in affordable housing in NYC. Woke Foods has been featured on Harlem Focus via Medium, Blavity and Vibe Viva and has been named NYC’s first Dominican vegan food business.

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Chef Ysanet Batista

Chef Ysanet Batista is a queer Black-Dominican woman, born in Harlem, NY and raised in between the Dominican Republic and Hialeah, FL. Ysanet graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI and spent a couple of years working in major hotel companies before transitioning to community based work. When is she not cooking or develping Woke Foods, Ysanet is helping other people start their own cooperative businesses through her work at Green Worker Cooperatives as the teaching assistant for their Coop Academy Her passions include holistic cooking, farming, writing, community organizing, and spending time with her partner. She is inspired by the power and magic of Black and Brown people, the ocean, and the Now. She is currently a student at Farm School NYC earning a certificate in Urban Agriculture.

Ysanet loves eating Platano Maduros and talking gut health!

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Work With Us


Work With Us


 

LETS WORK TOGETHER  

As a cooperative business we strive to work alongside people through food! We envision people using food to heal and nourish their body, mind, and spirit. Woke Foods is here to work with you by providing catering, meal planning, and cooking classes! Our services allow us to build a relationship with you that will add quality, nutritious, and culturally relevant plant-based foods to your life. Sourcing our ingredients from local New York community gardens and farms, using earth-friendly materials, and composting our waste. We are dedicated to running a sustainable green food business that protects our Mother Earth and you.

 
 

Catering

We provide full - service catering for your meeting, conference, party, and other gatherings. Woke Foods prepares plant-based and seasonal dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We choose biodegradable catering supplies, offer delivery, and pride ourselves in offering loving and attentive customer service. Our catering supports our community directly, by sourcing our ingredients ethically from local partners and providing jobs to immigrant women of color living in NYC. We have had the pleasure of providing food for social justice oriented events, organizations, and institutions throughout NYC and NJ. Take a look at our seasonal menu and let us cater to you!


Cooking Classes 

We invite you to discover a world of delicious plant-based foods and explore your kitchen skills through our hands-on cooking classes. We offer cooking classes that allow you to learn how to prepare fresh and easy plant-based dishes while building relationships with people. Our classes are taught by one or two experienced chefs that will teach you how to make different plant-based dishes. You'll learn knife care skills and to eat seasonally to energize your body. Our classes provide a space of positivity, community building, and learning that will give you confidence to go home and share your new learned knowledge with your people. Check out photos from our recent cooking classes. 

        

      


Food and Land Education 

BRING US TO YOUR CONFERENCE, PANEL, OFFICE, SCHOOL, COMMUNITY, CITY, OR COUNTRY!

We facilitate interactive workshops and discussions for both adults and youth as well as speak at conferences, panels and events on the following topics throughout NYC, other cities in the United States, Latin America & Spanish speaking Caribbean countries:

> HOLISTIC HEALTH AND NUTRITION (including cooking demonstrations) 

> FOOD JUSTICE AND SOVEREIGNTY

> VEGAN AND PLANT - BASED FOOD PRACTICES IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC & AFRICAN DIASPORA

> RELATIONSHIP TO FOOD AND LAND THROUGH A RACIAL EQUITY LENS

> SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICES FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR

For rates and honorariums, please email us at connect@wokefoods.com

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2018 Just Food Conference

At this year's Just Food Conference 2018, we will be featuring the amazing voices of social justice rooted healers and practitioners who highlight how healing is a form of resistance and how it is integral to the long term commitment of achieving racial equity and food justice.

Catch them in action at our PM Plenary:
HEALING AS RESISTANCE
What is Meant by Healing and What Does That Have to do with Food Justice and Resistance? 
Speakers: 
Aki Baker, founder, MINKA brooklyn
Karen Rose, Master Herbalist, Sacred Vibes Apothecary
Jenny Deida, Master Trainer: Movement, Revolutionary Fitness
Ysanet Batista, Worker-Owner, Woke Foods
 

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Catering


Catering


 

CATERING OPTIONS

We provide catering for social events, meetings, private lunch or dinner parties, outdoor events, and weddings. Woke Foods prepares plant-based and seasonal dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We choose biodegradable catering supplies, offer delivery, and pride ourselves in offering loving and attentive customer service. Our prices range from $18 to $24 per person and we also offer delivery of platters of traditional Dominican plant-based foods. To plan your next event with us email us at order@wokefoods.com or give us a call at 707-800-WOKE (9653). Please make sure to order with 2 weeks of notice. Interested in ordering lunch or dinner platters of food from our traditional Dominican plant-based menu? Check out our menu below and order using the form at the end of the menu.

traditional dominican plant-based menu:

Full Trays

(each tray serves 30 - 40 ppl) 

Pastelitos/Empanadas de Vegetales $150

homemade turnovers of seasonal vegetables

Pastelon de Vegetales & Queso $230

mashed ripe plantains layered with vegetables and cheese

Pastelon de Vegetales & Queso Vegano $260

mashed ripe plantains layered with vegetables and vegan cheese

Chicharrones de Coliflor $110
crispy cauliflower

Tostones Rellenos $220

fried green plantains scooped with stewed seasonal vegetables

Canoas de Platano Maduro $320

Ripe Plantain Boats filled with eggplant and other vegetables, topped with cashew cream

Arepitas de Yucca $140

cassave fritters

Arepitas de Maiz $130

corn meal fritters

Maduros $55

fried ripe plantains

Ensalada Rusa $100

Dominican vegan potato salad with beets

Seasonal Roasted Vegetables $85

Seasonal Salad $70

Grain or Rice Options $70 - $80

Habichuelas $70
red or black beans


Half Trays

(each tray serves 10 - 20 people)

Pastelitos/Empanadas de Vegetales $75

homemade turnovers of seasonal vegetables

Pastelon de Vegetales & Queso $120

mashed ripe plantains layered with vegetables and cheese

Pastelon de Vegetales & Queso Vegano $135

mashed ripe plantains layered with vegetables and vegan cheese

Chicharrones de Coliflor $60
crispy cauliflower

Tostones Rellenos $110

fried green plantains scooped with stewed seasonal vegetables

Canoas de Platano Maduro $160

Ripe Plantain Boats filled with eggplant and other vegetables, topped with cashew cream 

Arepitas de Yucca $70

cassave fritters

Arepitas de Maiz $65

corn meal fritters

Maduros $30

fried ripe plantains

Ensalada Rusa $55

Dominican vegan potato salad with beets

Seasonal Roasted Vegetables $45

Seasonal Salad $40

Grain or Rice Options $40 - $50

Habichuelas $40
red or black beans

*Please note the following:

  • menu items do not include biodegradable plates, serving utensils, napkins, tray holders, or chafing dish fuel canisters
  • sales tax will be applied to each order (8.875%)
  • pick-up in East Harlem or delivery available to all boroughs of NYC
    • DELIVERY FEES: $20 - $45 (depending on location) 

TO ORDER, CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT OUR CATERING FORM

We will reach out to you within 48 hours. If you have additional questions, do not hesitate to contact us at order@wokefoods.com or call 707-800-WOKE (9563)