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Tailgate Cooking

Tailgate Cooking

Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014
9:00 a.m. – Noon

Salvation Army Kroc Center, 1315 Lime Kiln Rd Green Bay, WI 54311

Just in time for football season, join Chef Arlie Doxtator for a lesson on both traditional and not-so-traditional tailgating foods. Chef Arlie will share his techniques for both gas and charcoal grilling. Whip up simple marinades. Learn how to grill vegetables, proteins and pizza.

$40 per person, includes instruction, food and materials
Register by Aug. 29, 2014 at http://www.snc.edu/languageservices/cookingclasses/tailgate.html or call 920-403-4075.

 

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Meet Chef Arlie Doxtator

June 28th, 2014 By Katie Groe

Chef Arlie at the NACA Symposium in AZ 2012.

Chef Arlie at the NACA Symposium in AZ 2012.

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From Sustainable Food Conference held at the Radisson in 2014.

Arlie Doxtator’s passion for cooking started at a young age when helping his mother in the kitchen. Not only did his ambition begin with cherished memories, it also stems from his Oneida culture. He cooked his own graduation dinner, owned his own restaurant, and was an executive chef for six years at the Radisson Hotel in Green Bay. This year, Arlie was invited to the Smithsonian at Washington D.C. His source for inspiration comes from his most treasured heirloom: his mother’s cookbook. His goal is to one day reach out to families to enrich tradition within the community and to remind each other of our humble beginnings with Mother Earth.

Smoking whole lake trout at the Food Summit at the Radisson, 2014.

Smoking whole lake trout at the Food Summit at the Radisson, 2014.

Arlie currently works at Three Sister Daycare and also part time at Red Restaurant. He’s learned a lot in his years at the Radisson. He enjoys hands-on work, practicing administration, designing menus, and mentoring staff. His beautiful restaurant called Arlie’s had VIP seating and an open kitchen to watch the chefs cook. He had successful business until the restaurant closed due to financial complications at the time. His goal is to rekindle the business. In the meantime, he enjoys working with old recipes and creating new ones to share with his family. His favorite dish is bean and salt pork.

Squash and Oneida White Corn Pudding done for a conference at the Chef's Garden in Ohio. Roots 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZj81DMiOzE

Squash and Oneida White Corn Pudding done for a conference at the Chef’s Garden in Ohio. Roots 2013

Cooking goes beyond business. Working with food is a sacred art. In fact, buzzwords such as ‘sustainable’ or ‘organic’ do not glorify the work done by nature. Respecting natural food and its responsibility to life on Earth is the best way to experience the natural world and to preserve Oneida tradition. Arlie believes in the words recited in the Oneida Nation’s opening prayers which give respect and gratitude to the Earth. Chef Arlie feels it is his responsibility to deliver the nutrients provided by Mother Earth. He is humbled to perform the task which contributes to the flow of life and connects humanity with the world around it.

 

Click here to see a video of Roots 2013: Indigenous Cooking Panel.

NeighborWorks Success Story

Stacy McClellan of Green Bay realized she faced obstacles trying to fulfill her dream; limited credit, not much cash, credit card debt. Yet McClellan wanted, for the very first time, her own home. To get it, she would need “the perfect marriage.”

A project manager for a research consulting firm in Green Bay, McClellan had been renting from a couple, one of whom was a realtor who gave her advice.

“He said you’d be so much better off purchasing a house,” said McClellan.

The tip sent McClellan to the Internet where she made two discoveries: 1) The house she wanted and 2) NeighborWorks Green Bay (http://www.nwgreenbay.org/), a community organization with services that include homebuyer education and counseling. She took advantage of the NeighborWorks Green Bay’s homebuyer education classes.

“People think it’s (purchasing a home) like Saturday afternoon car shopping and two hours later there’s a car in their driveway,” said Jeff Van Rens, a NeighborWorks Green Bay housing counselor. “The class gives individuals a better idea of what they’re getting into.”

Following the class, McClellan returned to the Internet and the website of WHEDA (http://www.wheda.com/root/ ) the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority. There she found Kelly Peterik, a mortgage loan officer at Baylake Bank and a top Green Bay-area WHEDA lender who, despite McClellan’s financial hurdles, guided her through the home buying steps smoothly.

“Stacy did her homework and legwork and took the class. That takes the stress out,” said Peterik.

“During the whole process she was like a mom and helped me feel at ease because it was nerve wracking not knowing what the final outcome would be,” said McClellan.

With Peterik’s help, McClellan was able to secure a WHEDA first-time home buyer loan. The house-hunting journey began in late 2012, and on March 15, 2013, McClellan closed on that Green Bay house she first saw on the Internet and now lives there with her fiancée and two children.

“There’s been a psychological shift going from renting to owning,” said McClellan. “I felt a sense of community immediately, a sense of stability and pride. It felt so good to have a Christmas at our house. At the closing when the keys were put in our hands, it was an amazing feeling.”

With another summer approaching, the family has a new addition. McClellan’s thirteen year old daughter had wanted a dog her whole life. That was impossible while renting. But in March they adopted Lucas, a two-year-old American Eskimo from the Bay Area Humane Society. The idea was then to create a fun place for the kids and Lucas to play safely this summer. Once again the family turned to WHEDA, this time to help add a fence.

“We plan to use a WHEDA Advantage Home Improvement Loan to finance this improvement, which makes this totally affordable,” said McClellan.

“To me, there’s no better combination of programs than WHEDA,” said Peterik. “I can use WHEDA with NeighborWorks Green Bay, there’s down payment assistance, an option for no private mortgage insurance, Easy Close (designed to help home buyers get into a home sooner) and now the WHEDA Tax Advantage (qualifying home buyers can claim a tax credit against their federal income tax liability of up to $2,000 a year). I don’t know why you wouldn’t go with WHEDA. It’s a perfect marriage of services.”

Since 1972, WHEDA has helped more than 110,000 families like Stacy McClellan’s to purchase their first homes. For more information, visit wheda.com or call 1-800-334-6873.

To sign up for NeighborWorks Homebuyer Education classes call 920-448-3075.

 

Community Conversation II

At our latest Community Conversation, Multicultural Center board members and volunteers led discussion groups on various topics relating to diversity and improvements we can work toward in Green Bay. Thank you to all who attended and offered their great insights.

If you missed the event, take a look at the notes below. If any of these topics interest you, or if you have any ideas, feel free to comment on this page or email us at multiculturalgreenbay@gmail.com. We love to hear from our community!

 Randell:

On the night of the conversation I had the pleasure of dealing with two topics at my table.

Fund Raising:  As a group we agree that we would look at similar programs and organizations in our area and find out what sources fund them.  In addition, the MCC will look to collaborate fund raising efforts with other groups to combine resources and share in returns.  Some first steps will be accumulating contact info as well as networking.

Cultural Learning:  Our unit felt as though groups like ours, particularly the MCC, need to take a more deliberate approach to addressing the issue of more culturally specific learning. We agreed to come up with a statement of need utilizing area statistics which highlight the need for a change in our educational systems and finding a format(s) by which to draw attention from local media and business. Similar to other groups that night, we spoke of the importance of rallying around students and finding ways to make cultural learning not only an acceptable idea but a necessity.  Members of the team also reiterated the need for cross-cultural education that would foster mutual respect among the communities. The next step is to sit with the diversity coordinator to find out exactly what we as a community can do to be a catalyst for these changes in the Green Bay Public School System.

Rozlyn: 

The Networking group discussed why networking is important to the community. We also discussed networking in our current jobs.

From our discussion, we listed several groups in the community that we can join to network.  Groups include Green Bay Chambers Minority Group, St. Norbert and UWGB Diversity Group,  Current Young Professional Group, Society for Human Resources (SHERM), networking with schools and community groups, interest networking group, and the different minority groups.

For the Networking Group plan of action.

Adults and Families

1. Networking Tree- A list of contact of diversity groups in the area.

2. Networking Social- We will use MEETUP.com to plan socials and events for different group to network.

3. Networking Webpage- We will use social media to introduce and connect others with different groups.

4. Learn how to Network Events.

Children and Teens

1. Work with schools to create diversity networking groups.  UWGB student to talk at these schools. Our committee can plan the agenda.

2. Themed socials and/or interest socials for minority teens.  This will help teens promote diversity through interests and activities.

3. Events with food and music- Taste of the World (This could be the MCC children’s event in the summer)

4. Cultural Fashion Show- Fashion from different groups.  (This could be done at the MCC children’s event in the summer)

5. Invite youths to co-chair projects and/or form a youth committee diversity group.

6. Network with other youth groups that promote diversity, Girl Scouts/Boys and Girls Club/ Young Life

Next Meeting:

At the next conversation, set a timeline for the projects and start planning how and when to implement the projects.

Pete:

We discussed two problem areas extensively:  1.problems with public transportation for youth, the elderly, students, all people without cars, and 2. knowledge of available resources in the community.  We noted that there were resources for translation, the elderly, health care and more that many people were unaware existed, and discussed ways of getting information of those resources to people who might need it.

We decided we would like to continue working, and that we would start looking at ways of compiling information about community resources, perhaps starting with the Multicultural Center’s web site section on community resources, and then finding ways to make people aware of the web site or other ways to access the information.  Then we would work on transportation issues, first doing our own research, then consulting a retired UWGB professor who is an expert on public transportation and active in local transportation issues.  We will explore working with Joshua on the issue.

Megan:

Our group focused on issues at the university level. What we saw as the biggest challenge to promoting diversity among college students is getting word out about events and getting students to attend. Marketing at the university level needs to improve.

We also discussed internship and networking opportunities for college students in multicultural fields. The group felt Multicultural Center members could collaborate with the university to find more opportunities for students.