Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Calling on a few good chefs!

Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR) is Calling On a Few Good Chefs With a Little Time and a Lot of Heart! 
Friday, May 7, 2010 1:30-3:30 pm
Aria Restaurant at the Ronald Regan International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW  
Help fight hunger where it counts most—in the kitchen! Help Operation Frontline teach low-income families how to prepare tasty, nutritious meals on a limited budget through hands-on classes. It’s the difference between feeding families just for one night, and making sure they have the knowledge, skills and resources to prepare healthy meals for a lifetime.  
In conjunction with Share Our Strength and the Capital Area Food Bank’s Operation Frontline program, and hosted by Equinox’s Ellen Kassoff Gray and Capital Harvest on the Plaza (CHOP), Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR) is offering a hands-on orientation and informational program to culinary and nutrition professionals interested in volunteering their time and talents to help Operation Frontline serve up a better future for kids and their families.   
    Operation Frontline knows that the best way to help families in need is to teach them how to help themselves. Since 1993, chefs and nutritionists have volunteered to lead hands-on cooking courses that teach adults, teens and kids how to prepare tasty, nutritious meals on a limited budget. All Operation Frontline courses promote making the healthiest food choices possible, even with limited resources. Instructors teach lifelong cooking skills, practical nutrition information and food budgeting strategies that participants can use right away – and adult and teen participants receive groceries each week to practice the recipes they’ve learned in class at home! Operation Frontline makes it easy to volunteer by providing the curricula, kitchen, cooking supplies, groceries and staff support. 
Not only did this class teach me about healthy, good meals to cook, but it also showed me how to save money. The chefs are great! I have found healthy meals that even my picky kids will eat and have chopped my food bill by at least $50 a week!” – Eating Right graduate 
This event will take place in conjunction with the opening of the new Capital Harvest on the Plaza Farmers Market (CHOP), located on Pennsylvania Avenue NW at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, and will be held on its opening day Friday, May 7th 2010 at 1:30pm. Come early and see a demo from Equinox Chef Todd Gray from 12:30-1:30 pm. We’ll gather at his demo booth at 1:30PM and kick off our event with a tour of the market. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and develop new relationships with area farmers and suppliers of local foods. We’ll then move to the Compass Room of Aria Restaurant for the remainder of the program.
To register for this event, please contact:
Monica Thomas at chefmonica@tailoredtaste.net or 301.699.9597
Ellen Kassoff Gray at Ellen@EquinoxRestaurant.com 
About WCR:
The mission of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs is to promote and enhance the education, advancement and connection of women in the culinary industry. Formed in 1993 by eight of the nation's top women chefs and restaurateurs, WCR has grown to a membership of over 2,000 members in all segments of the culinary world, offering a variety of networking, professional and support services. For more info, visit www.womenchefs.org.  
About Share Our Strength® and Operation Frontline®:
Share Our Strength is a national organization working to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry. Through the leadership of its national network of chefs and grassroots activists, innovative culinary fundraisers, and pioneering cause-marketing partnerships, Share Our Strength has raised more than $265 million and funded more than 1,000 anti-hunger organizations since its inception in 1984. Operation Frontline is a hands-on, cooking-based nutrition education program that teaches families how to make the healthiest food choices possible, even on a limited budget. With 25 programs operating in 19 states and the District of Columbia, Operation Frontline gives chefs the opportunity to have a real and lasting impact in their communities. Locally, Share Our Strength has partnered with the Capital Area Food Bank to offer Operation Frontline to low-income families in the DC Metro Area. For more information, visit www.OperationFrontline.org and www.CapitalAreaFoodBank.org/OFL .   
About the Capital Area Food Bank:
The Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) is the largest public, nonprofit food and nutrition education resource in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. Last year, the CAFB distributed 25 million pounds of food through more than 700 partner agencies. In conjunction with partner agencies, the CAFB helps nourish children, seniors and families in need. The Capital Area Food Bank has served the National Capital Region over 30 years. CAFB works with schools, agencies and organizations all over the DC Metro Area (including NOVA, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County) to offer Operation Frontline’s hands-on cooking, nutrition and financial management courses to participants with limited resources. For more information, visit www.CapitalAreaFoodBank.org.  
About CHOP:
Capital Harvest on the Plaza is a project of the US General Services Administration (GSA) and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW). CHOP showcases weekly healthy eating education along with local food producers and chefs. The International Trade Center underwrites Capital Harvest on the Plaza (CHOP), which holds its spring debut on Woodrow Wilson Plaza on May 7th 2010.   

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