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Mar 3, 2021 | Events


April 1st, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In honor of Cesar Chávez’s legacy and birthday (March 31, 1927), CARECEN is hosting a virtual cooking class and you are invited!! We have partnered with Immigrant Food and Chef Mile Montezuma to learn how to cook Venezuelan Arepas. Immigrant Food is D.C.’s first cause-casual restaurant, which celebrates the successes of past immigrants and positively impacts today’s immigrants who have come to America to remake their lives.

Cesar Chávez dedicated his life to what he called la causa (the cause): the struggle to defend the rights of farmworkers in the United States. La causa focused on improving the working and living conditions of farm workers through organizing and negotiating collective contracts with employers. Committed to the tactics of nonviolent resistance, practiced by Mahatma Gandhi & Martin Luther King Jr., Chávez founded the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers of America). During the late 1960s and 1970s, he won many important victories which resulted in pay increases and the improvement of working conditions for farmworkers. 

Resembling the efforts led by Cesar Chávez, CARECEN focuses on promoting the rights of immigrants and improving their quality of life by empowering the Latino community. For the last 40 years, we have remained true to our history to foster comprehensive development for the Latino population in the Washington, DC area.

Please join us on April 1 as we celebrate both Cesar Chávez’s legacy and CARECEN’s work! You can buy your tickets here.

Cooking kits will include all the ingredients required to make two large arepas (vegetarian or chicken). All you need to provide is the water! Are you looking to add a bit more to the experience? You can add a bottle of wine, an Argentinian Malbec, to your kit (see ticket options) which will perfectly pair with the classic Venezuelan dish.

To be able to receive your kit for the class, you must live within a 5-mile radius from the restaurant, 1701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC. If you do not, you can pick it up! Just let us know. 

A few days before the event check your email for a zoom link through which you will be able to join the class & your kit will arrive 24 hours before. 

If you do not live in the area but still want to join, you can purchase a reduced-price ticket (after March 19) which will grant you access to the cooking class along with a list of ingredients you can purchase at your convenience.

Proceeds from the event will support CARECEN’s work to transform immigrants’ lives by facilitating their transition process, helping them integrate into their new home, and strengthening them to play an essential role in their community.

Any questions? contact Gisela Alvarez