Local Chefs and Ceramic Artists featured in New CRAFTED Cookbook


A new cookbook pairing 20 ceramic artists with 20 chefs was launched last week as part of Winnipeg Harvest’s Soup-er Week. Down to Earth: Homemade Soups in Handmade Vessels is a collaborative project of Ayoko Design and the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s CRAFTED: Show + Sale, coming up on November 2 and 3. Proceeds from the sale of the Down to Earth publication will be donated to Winnipeg Harvest.

CRAFTED is a one-of-a-kind event highlighting over 50 artists from Manitoba and Nunavut. One of the unique features of CRAFTED is a philanthropic component that changes each year. From a call for handmade quilts going to patients in care, to a drive for knitted toques for youth, the handmade becomes the hand-given thanks to CRAFTED and the community who contribute to the cause.

This year’s project is made possible by CRAFTED 2018 Chair Yoko Chapman and her company Ayoko Design, which created this special cookbook issue of aDesigned Magazine. Representing Winnipeg and beyond, participating chefs and artists donated their time and expertise to bring the vision to life.

Quick Facts:

· Chefs range from deer + almond’s Mandel Hitzer and East India Company’s Sachit Mehra, to visiting chefs JD Braid and Larry de Vries from Arctic Co-operatives, and Athina Parasidis from The Nook Diner.

· Some of the featured artists include Robert Archambeau, Chris Pancoe, Anne Fallis Elliott, and Jessica Hodgson.

· Down to Earth: Homemade Soups in Handmade Vessels is available for order online at crafted.wag.ca/cookbook, at the Gallery Shop (300 Memorial Blvd) and WAG@The Forks (Johnston Terminal), during this year’s CRAFTED event, plus Ayoko Design (302-960 Portage Ave), C2 Centre for Craft (1-329 Cumberland Avenue), six of the city and rural Red River Co-op Food Stores, as well as the Arctic Co-operatives Limited head office (1645 Inkster Blvd). See full list of retailers available online.

· The fourth annual CRAFTED: Show + Sale on November 2 and 3 showcases the latest work by over 50 jury-selected artists, presented in partnership with Manitoba Craft Council and Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association.

· This year’s event will offer a soup and beer bar with recipes from Down to Earth: Homemade Soups in Handmade Vessels.

· Tickets to CRAFTED are just $5 or free for kids under 12, and includes entry to the exhibition galleries.


A collaborative cookbook that showcases Manitoba’s vibrant ceramics community is something I’ve dreamed of working on for a long time. Many thanks to Yoko Chapman and aDesigned Magazine for making Down to Earth a reality. What a way to build momentum towards CRAFTED 2018, when we will be featuring work by even more artists from here and the North.

-Sherri Van Went, WAG Manager of Retail Operations

Supporting the Winnipeg community has always been Ayoko Design’s main objective. This CRAFTED cookbook collaboration has not only allowed us to promote local talents and businesses, it has given us the opportunity to support the Art of Craft at the WAG, as well as make a significant donation to Winnipeg Harvest. The partnership has actually inspired us to donate proceeds from all regular issues of aDesigned Magazine to Winnipeg Harvest moving forward.

-Yoko Chapman, CRAFTED 2018 Chair, owner of Ayoko Design, and Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director of aDesigned Magazine

“Over 64,000 Manitobans rely on food from Winnipeg Harvest every month. From working poor parents with children to seniors and people with disabilities on a fixed income, they all benefit from Winnipeg Harvest. Through our committed partnership with local chefs and Ayoko Design, the fundraising from this beautifully crafted cookbook will go a long way to help in our mission to feed hope and fight hunger throughout Manitoba.”

Keren Taylor-Hughes – CEO, Winnipeg Harvest