What’s Cooking in Collinwood: Cooking with Cops Recap
When it comes to improving community and police relations “Cooking with Cops” was a recipe for success. Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corp in partnership with St. Clair Superior Development Corp hosted Cooking with Cops on Thursday November 16, 2017 at Five Pointe Community Center. Participants included local residents, students from Job Corp, volunteers from Cleveland Clinic and officers from Cleveland Police 5th District. We had a diverse group of participants of all ages; everyone was a part of making our full course meal.
“Community building through service” “Cooking with Cops kicks off with a full house of chefs. Nothing brings people together like cooking and eating together!” says Jamar Doyle, managing Director of Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corp
The full course meal included a salad filled with healthy veggies, mashed potatoes, sweet corn, rotisserie chicken, and fall sugar cookies. We also included a vegetarian option which was vegetarian meatballs. We set the room up in cooking stations and each station was in charge of cooking a specific dish.
We prepped together, cooked together, served together, and ate together. We also had a turkey coloring contest for the kids and a 50/50 raffle as we continue our ongoing efforts to help the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Lastly, we raffled off a turkey to a family to eat for Thanksgiving. This event was a true success. Everyone had a good time and definitely made a bond with our 5th District Police officers.
Cooking with Cops was supported by Ward 8 Councilman Michael Polensek, Cuyahoga County Councilman Anthony Hairston, Cleveland Police 5th District, City of Cleveland Community Relations Board and Cleveland Neighborhood Progress.
Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation
The Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation is a non-profit organization created to preserve, promote, and protect the quality of life in our communities. We serve as an economic pump and liaison between businesses, industry, and residents. We work closely with our councilmen, political leaders, and city departments including the Departments of Safety, Health, Community and Economic Development,and Building & Housing. The corporation is operated by a board of trustees representing area residents, churches, business, and industry. Our office is located in Collinwood Village, staffed by 2 full-time and 3 part-time individuals. The corporation is funded through the City of Cleveland, as well as private donations, and other grants.