Dip In Y’all!

About

The Dipping Spoon Foundation is a startup non-profit organization whose mission is identifying and cultivating the next generation of Indigenous and Black Women-Identifying, Non-Binary, GNC, and Femme culinary youth by providing and empowering aspiring chefs with a fully paid culinary scholarship + housing + externships to attend the New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute. 👩🏽‍🍳⚡️🔪

Cultural and gender representation matters in all facets of the culinary and hospitality industry. Diversity in the kitchen is culture in the kitchen.

Food should champion culture + rebel against boundaries. Food unites us all, its the language we speak. Food is the one rare thing that connects all people. Our scholarship is a conduit for inclusive connection. #datmicdrop

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Our Culinary Application is LIVE!

We have a banger on our hands y’all! Our culinary scholarship application is LIVE!

Our mission is identifying and cultivating the next generation of Indigenous and Black Women-identifying, non-binary, gnc and femme culinary youth between 18-26 years old by providing and empowering aspiring chefs with a fully paid culinary scholarship + housing & many other amazing perks to attend the New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute!

Don’t be shy, #DipIn and Apply! We’re making Lemonade a la Beyoncé! How’s that for a banger?! ✨👩🏽‍🍳🍋 #culinaryeducation #representationmatters

Dip In & Donate... —

Your individual and corporate dollars help champion culinary opportunities for Black and Indigenous Women-Identifying, Non-Binary, GNC, and Femme culinary youth (18-26 years old) to attend the New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute.

What’s the cost for one student? $60k.

This includes tuition for NOCHI’s Culinary and Pastry Arts program, school supplies, housing in the historic Lower Garden District in New Orleans, Louisiana; travel, metro card, grocery card upon arrival in Nola, chef mentorship, mental health services and job placement.

Need a breakdown on the type of sugar stacks we’re talking about? Take a gander and meander at the LINK below!

If you or your corporate company are interested in becoming a founding donor, matching, or sponsoring future recipients, please by email us at [email protected]! ✨🔪👩🏽‍🍳

100% of every donation goes directly to programming. We deeply appreciate your support. Issa vibe! Tap link here!

Meaning + Values

A LETTER FROM CHARITY BLANCHETT, FOUNDER | CEO

My mother is Indigenous Yupik Eskimo and my father is Black. My Yupik name is Qalutaq. It means, Dipping Spoon.

The literal meaning of Dipping Spoon is: “from one dip you serve other people, dip into water and the water is given to everybody, it grows and keeps going.”

When I was little girl my Yupik mother would host potlucks or gatherings at our home. Every Yupik, Inupiaq or little native ladies (as I called them) would come over and feast on traditional foods. The ladies would then commune together and take a hot maqiiq (steam bath). Even though my mom didn’t live in her village she found a sense of community and sisterhood in our little town of Wasilla.

That’s what I love about New Orleans. My new hometown. My new roots. My mothers little native lady parties are now my girls night. I love the unity, diversity, sisterhood and community of this creative magical city. The Crescent City is rich, vibrant and ripe with culture at her helm, which is her heartbeat. Which are the people, the music, Second Lines, the giant oaks, the hot sticky sweet weather and of course New Orleans dynamic cuisine.

Cultural representation in the kitchen is so important today. Representation matters. Alaska and Hawaii are rich with culture, tradition and grit. Our Indigenous people are strong, fierce, intelligent, beautiful, brave and not afraid to dip in.

A woman I admire greatly is Elizabeth Peratrovich. She was an Alaskan Native Civil Rights Hero who championed the Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945, the first anti-discrimination law in the United States. She was a civil servant to her people. She eloquently reminded the good ole’ boys club: “I would not have expected that I, who am barely out of savagery, would have to remind the gentlemen with 5,000 years of recorded civilization behind them of our Bill of Rights.” #micdrop

Ms. Peratrovich’s brave actions fought for equality, representation and justice.

I believe food should champion culture and rebel against boundaries. The Dipping Spoon scholarship allows young aspiring Indigenous and Black aspiring chefs to not only be a champion of themselves but their culture.

Our identity is what makes us unique. Culture in the kitchen is diversity in the kitchen. Investing in our community is investing in our youth. Indigenous and Black youth deserve their places in the culinary industry, future legacies await. This scholarship is the conduit for connection. Food, unites us all.

Whatever dip we take in life, I hope its delicious, a little spicy but always evolving.

xx, Charity | founder
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