parisoma pop_up series: bbq plates on a mission

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PARISOMA Pop-Up Series: BBQ Plates on a Mission

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Honest food with a mission. This is the best way to describe Artistic Taste 7. From multi-course pre-fixed meals and exquisite desserts to down south BBQ and taco bars; Rashad Armstead is a multi-disciplined chef who can create a food experience for any occasion. Inspired by his great-grandmother who had her own pop-up shops in the 70s, Chef Rashad began doing pop-up food at local bars and co-working spaces through Popupsters, an online vendor marketplace, in April 2015. 

At a young age, Chef Rashad envisioned combining his talents in culinary arts with helping his community to be a part of the positive change for struggling youth in the Bay Area. In addition to Artistic Taste 7, Rashad launched Street Degree - an underprivileged youth employment and training program. The program seeks to engage young people who are often overlooked in society by providing culinary job training and opportunities for kids of the foster care system, former imprisoned juveniles, and those left behind by a plummeting education system. 

Street Degree is on a mission to fund a food truck to not only employ these youth but to promote sobriety, education, and self-confidence through cooking and creative meal planning. By providing the tools to be successful in the food service industry, Chef Rashad and his team are not only trying to raise money with this program, but are also trying to bring greater awareness to the fact that these young people are our future and they need us to help them reach their full potential. 

Join us for our next BBQ Pop-Up with Chef Rashad on Wednesday, March 16 at 12pm at PARISOMA. A portion of the profit will go towards supporting the Street Degree program.

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About PARISOMA Pop-Ups:

PARISOMA Pop-Ups are all about creating unique experiences to take a break from the daily work grind. From BBQ lunches and afternoon tea parties, pop-up massage booths to meditation sessions, and everything in between — we’re curating the best break time moments for our dear members and neighbors. Join us each month for a fresh take on workday refreshment.

Stay tuned for news about upcoming pop-ups across PARISOMA channels. Have an idea for a pop-up? Want to host your own pop-up? We’d love to hear from you!

PARISOMA provides freelancers and early-stage companies with the space and tools they need to support their business.