for ISKCON News on April 5, 2012
Krishna Kitchen was originally launched as Krishna Camp in 2006 when younger ISKCON devotees from New Vrindaban established a presence at two alternative festivals—West Virginia’s Rainbow Gathering and Nevada’s Burning Man. Since then, Krishna Kitchen has evolved into a full scale prasadam catering company that hit fifteen events across the U.S. in 2011.
In March 2012, the Krishna Kitchen team took part at the Envision Festival in Costa Rica where they catered at their first event overseas in honor of Nitai Das, the founder and Director of Krishna Kitchen who left this world on January 31st 2012 to join Srila Prabhupada and Yamuna Devi in their eternal transcendental pastimes.
A ten person devotee team from Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Alachua and Costa Rica joined forces to continue Nitai Dasa’s vision serving prasadam to the attendees of the Envision Festival in Uvita, Costa Rica.
Amidst art, music, yoga, creative performances, Krishna Kitchen stoves were blazing. Beneath 90 degree clear blue skies and 500 meters from the beach, dedicated devotees prepared and served Krishna prasadam to the thousands of attendees.
“Nitai initiated the Costa Rica incarnation of Krishna Kitchen. All the participants finished it in his honor,” said Jagadhis Caitanya, a close friend and associate of Nitai’s.
Krishna family came together, honoring the service of a dear God-brother, friend and inspiration.
Nitai’s life and service was celebrated with a sunset tribute on Sunday March 4, 2012. Hundreds of participants sat beneath the earth harp that was strung across from the main stage, looked on and listened.
“ ‘For the soul there is never birth nor death nor having once been does he ever cease to be. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing, undying and primeval, he is not slain when the body is slain.” – These are the words of Lord Krishna. We honor our brother, a true visionary. Nitai was the founder of Krishna Kitchen, an extension of Food For Life Global. Though Nitai is no longer with us; we are here to continue his work which is also our work and our service. We honor him in your presence with these words and this dance. Nitai, Yadu, Bhakta Tim… we will see you in the promised land. Krishna family is forever,” stated a Krishna Kitchen spokesperson.
Mohini, a 3rd generation devotee, an accomplished Bharatnatyam dancer, performed for onlookers, just as Nitai had envisioned.
Krishna Kitchen devotees prepared raw, organic, gourmet prasadam. Yamuna Devi, a seasoned raw food chef, created delicious raw food sweet balls daily. For lunch and the evening hours, our amazing team consisting of Pushpavan, Nandi, Yamuna, Jagadhis Caitanya, Dhattatreya, Mohini, Rukmini, Sevya and Ganesh was in the front lines, cutting, washing, cooking, serving, and lovingly distributing Krishna prasadam.
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