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Mera Kitchen Cooks Up Confidence

Savoring flavors and conversation over a meal can bridge cultures and bring people together. Today we learn how the Mera Kitchen Collective puts that idea in action. Two of its co-founders -- Liliane Makole and Aishah Alfadhalah -- tell us what’s behind the community-driven, food-based cooperative and how it empowers refugee and immigrant women by tapping into their passion for cooking, expressing goals and creating community.

Mera Kitchen's next event, Refugee and Immigrants Arts Feast, is Sunday, Dec. 16, from 4-7pm. They're having a hygiene fund drive as well, collecting things that aren't available with food stamps like diapers, toothpaste, deoderant, etc. Visit this link for more info.

There are so many places to support local artisans this weekend! Here are a few suggestions:

Sixth Annual Art Market ++ Great Goods Holiday Market ++  2nd Annual Polish Christmas Foods Sale ++ 

Christmas Village in Baltmore ++ First District Shop Local Challenge Kick Off ++ Oliver Street Holiday Open Studios 

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Melissa Gerr is a Senior Producer for On the Record. She started in public media at Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minn., where she is from, and then worked as a field producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. She made the jump to audio-lover in Baltimore as a digital media editor at Mid-Atlantic Media and Laureate Education, Inc. and as a field producer for "Out of the Blocks." Her beat is typically the off-beat with an emphasis on science, culture and things that make you say, 'Wait, what?'