A Taste of Hill Center: Community in the Pandemic with Bonny Wolf and Chef Erik Bruner-Yang
Thursday, October 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm$10 – $45
Whether you jumped on the sourdough train or tried your hand at Dalgona Coffee, most of us found comfort and community in food during the pandemic. It’s a period of time that we may want to forget, but there were also bright spots of gathering (virtually) and coming together (metaphorically) to support each other and our communities. Bonny Wolf, a recipient of the 2021 Capitol Hill Community Achievement Award and Hill Center board member, gathered hundreds of recipes from the Hill Center community – from notable chefs to home cooks to delivery devotees – that were compiled into a true community cookbook. The origins of community cookbooks harken back to the Civil War era, befitting our Civil War era building, and were used to raise funds for the war effort. Today, Hill Center is transforming this model to raise funds and rekindle a sense of community in the emerging post-pandemic times.
Erik Bruner-Yang knows about community-building. And in arguably the worst moment for the restaurant industry, Erik did not focus on simply surviving the pandemic with his restaurants intact; he chose to be expansive in his approach. He looked at what needed doing and dug in. He founded the Power of 10 Initiative by calling investors and raising funds to support both the restaurant industry and those who are food insecure. Funds are donated to restaurants to keep their employees employed, and the meals they turn out are then donated to those in need. He told the Washingtonian, “A lot of people were just trying to figure out how they were going to save their businesses. But what if the only thing left standing where I live was just my business? It was really about keeping our community intact.” He founded Toki Underground in 2011 and has since opened Maketto, ABC Pony, and Yoko & Kota at The Roost DC.
Erik and Bonny will discuss how food created fellowship during those extremely isolating and stressful months, and how the resonance of food helps communities raise funds and find common purpose.
Join us for the launch of “A Taste of Hill Center” – our community cookbook to support this community gathering space.
*We are thrilled to celebrate Hill Center’s 10th anniversary and its post-pandemic revival!*