Free Root Operation will host a dinner for participants of their food program which delivers free groceries to Chicago’s South and West side residents to address food apartheid and bodily agency. Primarily serving women and mothers, this dinner is the first in-person programming coming from the organization in 2022. They will be partnering with the Black-owned South Shore-based establishment, Majani Restaurant, for a gourmet three-course vegan dinner as a part of Chicago’s Restaurant Week.
“Majani is committed to building community through innovative plant-based cuisine, we welcome our guests from the Free Root Operation and are looking forward to a spirited dialogue”, Chef Tsadakeeyah of Majani says.
During the dinner Free Root Operation will be joined by Camesha Jones, a licensed social worker and founder of Sista Afya, to moderate a conversation on nourishment, self-care, and transformation for a group of Black and Brown women. The goal of this program is to build community among these women and give them the opportunity to experience the annually anticipated Chicago Restaurant Week.
“There is so much empowerment that sparks from having control of our bodies and engaging in new experiences,” says Free Root Operation Founder and Executive Director Eva Maria Lewis, “Leisure is a human right, and no matter their socioeconomic status, our community members deserve to enjoy themselves. When I think about a future where the south and west sides of Chicago are an oasis, I think about everyone having opportunities like this one. I think about everyone eating good while experiencing joy”.
The small dinner with the invited guests will take place at Majani Restaurant between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm.
Free Root Operation is an organization founded by recent Reebok Human Rights Awardee Eva Maria Lewis which seeks to prevent poverty-induced gun violence by investing in the healing and empowerment of Black and Brown communities in Chicago. They center compassion and opportunity as they fight to make resources—such as jobs, food, housing, and financial agency—available to communities plagued by gun violence. They are striving for a Chicago with accessible food, quality education, leisure, health services, safety, and love on every block.