About Dash Against Discrimination

Dash Against Discrimination 2021 will be held on June 8th at 6:30 PM CST

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Dash Against Discrimination Cook-Along Event

The Dash Against Discrimination Cook Along featuring Chef Allen Chambers of A to Z’s Catering and Parties will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday June 8 live via Zoom. The cost to attend is $10 and includes spices from Common Ground Grocery, recipe cards, YWCA gear and an entry to win a prize pack from Bloomington Spice Works. Registration is required, event will be broadcast live via Zoom.

“The art of cooking is rich in shared culture,” said YWCA McLean County Board Chair Tiffany Grant. “Cooking invokes the feeling of family, bonding, and creating something together. We hope this event will bring provide a bridge to understanding that is so important in confronting and overcoming discrimination.”

Chef Allen Chambers will lead the audience in cooking blackened catfish fillets with fruit salsa, medley roasted potatoes, sautéed spinach with bacon and onions, and a cream cheese mousse.

Throughout the event, hosted by Grant, audience members will receive links to anti-racism resources and information on The Immigration Project’s Race and Restorative Justice Reading of the book Evicted.

“This incredible event will offer an entertaining way for participants to learn about race and culture, leaving with ways to continue to be involved,” said YWCA McLean County CEO Liz German. The Zoom live cook along is a new format for Dash Against Discrimination, which for years was held as a 5K. “Dash Against Discrimination is evolving as we look to engage with audiences in new ways,” she said.

Chef Allen and A to Z's Catering

Born in Chicago and raised on the west side of Bloomington-Normal by a single mother, Chef Allen Chambers has been hosting cooking nights since he was 10 years old. He speaks openly about how cooking helped him overcome challenges and his belief in the restorative nature of entrepreneurship. Chef Allen and his lifelong friend Zach Schobernd founded A to Z’s Catering and Parties in 2018. Chef Allen has a bachelor's degree in culinary arts and an associate’s degree in applied studies. For him, cooking is a way of life.

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