The Des Moines Social Club uses various facets of art to engage the Des Moines community. Each week, the social club offers a number of classes and events that are open to the public.
Culinary classes, which are held in the social club’s Culinary Loft, give participants a chance to enhance their cooking skills and enhance their knowledge of cuisines from all over the world.
Chef Cassandra Spence loves getting people together and teaching them how to cook a variety of cuisines. Teaching these classes allows her to not only share her culinary wisdom, but also, bring people together.
“I really love getting people together and people that don’t necessarily know each other and its kind of a networking thing its so much fun to just learn things from other people and also kind of show them that its really fun to cook different, unique cuisines,” Spence said.
Learning to prepare ethnic food is a way in which members of the community can engage in each other’s cultures. Spence believes cooking is one way to connect with those different than us.
“Ethnic food is a way for people to connect with people from other parts of the world and I find that really important,” Spence said.
Bringing the community together through facets of art is one of the fundamental goals of the social club.
Pete De Kock, Executive Director of the Social Club, believes having fun in the kitchen and meeting new people is one of the many ways the Social Club helps bridge together the Des Moines community.
“It’s just a great place to have fun and fun matters,” De Kock said. “It’s important that people have fun. It’s important that we have experiences with art and culture, with artists who create spaces where we can make meaning, create spaces where we can reflect on our experiences, and create spaces where we can grow as human beings.”
By: Summer Brills