giving back to the community
Since our inception, we have been busy implementing our company vision and working to make a difference in the community. Our goals are to use our passion and creative cooking talent to produce excellent food for our clients, share our knowledge and recipes to help inspire creativity and passion in others, and to act as mentor to those who may have similar aspirations.
Pati has started volunteering for Food Share of Lincoln County here in Newport. A little time spent working with this terrific organization, and you soon realize how much need there is in the community for simple necessities like food and water, and you realize how dedicated the people who run the organization really are towards helping people in need. Pati is learning the basics of the pantry distribution right now and will be working on developing a plan to provide recipes, samples, and eventually cooking classes for the food box recipients.
We are both involved with the Culinary Center in Lincoln City directed by Executive Chef Sharon Wiest. The center offers some great classes for food lovers and has allowed us to connect with some of the local culinary resources. This past weekend, we participated in the Pacific NW Wild Mushroom Cook-off. Some of the event proceeds went to support the Taft High School Culinary Program located in Lincoln City. We had a chance to meet Pam Simpson, the driving force behind the program, and we were very impressed by her vision, passion, and desire to help the students achieve their goals in the culinary world. We may have an opportunity to act as mentors to the students in the future.
Beyond these activities, we are supporting some of our local chamber events by donating gift baskets bundled with our personal chef services. Pati created ‘A Night in Italy’ gift basket and the lucky recipients will be able to enjoy dinner and a movie in the comfort of their home. This past weekend, Bruce spent a day volunteering at the Oregon Coast Cake and Cupcake Camp held in Newport. The charity event raised money for Donate Life Northwest.
We feel good about what we have done in such a short time, and we are looking forward to more opportunities to give to our community in the future.
‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.’