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52 Chefs, 52 Weeks, 52 Meals to help Feed The Need

DETROIT, MI - On Wednesday, October 19, the first of 52 nutritious luncheon meals will be served at Detroit's Cass Community Center by Buffalo Wild Wings as part of the 52-week Detroit Area Chefs Feed the Need program. Every Wednesday for 52 weeks a different metro Detroit restaurant or catering company will serve up lunch on a rotation schedule at five soup kitchens in Detroit and Pontiac. Through the course of the program more than 12,000 meals will be served.

“When we called upon the metro Detroit hospitality committee to join us in a volunteer effort to support the work of area soup kitchen’s by cooking and serving a soup kitchen luncheon meal, the response was overwhelming,” said Mindy VanHellemont, a member of the Detroit Area Chefs Feed the Need committee and owner of two Birmingham participating restaurants, Tallulah Wine Bar & Bistro and Bella Piatti. “This program is inspired by the Charleston Area Chefs Feed the Need program in Suth Carolina that began in 2009 and was the recipient of the 2011 National Restaurant Association Restaurant Neighbor Award.”

Mickey Bakst, a former member of Detroit’s restaurant community and current general manager of the Charleston Grill at the Charleston Place hotel, founded the South Carolina Charleston Area Chefs Feed the Need.

“Having a long-time history with the Detroit area made this an easy call to make about two months ago. I knew the Detroit hospitality community was generous in supporting outreach endeavors, and I believed it was the right city to launch the next Feed the Need program,” said Bakst. “Efforts in Detroit will be used as the model to launch Feed the Need nationwide. I am confident that other cities across the nation will embrace the program and make a difference in these tough economic times.” According to Feeding America’s National Hunger study, the number of individual emergency food recipients who receive food each week in Southeast Michigan grew by over 78 percent. [2006: 56,700. 2010: 101,200]

Five area organizations will benefit from the rotating Feed the Need program: in Detroit the Cass Community Center, Conner and Meldrum Capuchin Soup Kitchens, and in Pontiac, Baldwin Center and Grace Centers of Hope.

The public is invited to view the video presentation about the Charleston Area Chefs Feed the Need program at:

Participating Restaurants

Achatz Handmade Pie Company
Atlas Global Bistro
Bagger Dave’s
Beans & Cornbread
Beaumont Hospital
Bella Piatti
Big Rock Chop House
Boston’s Gourmet Pizza
Brio Tuscan Grille
Buffalo Wild Wings
Café Cortina
Café Via
Carrabba’s Italian Grille
Cheeseburger in Paradise
Club Venetian
Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille
Da Edoardo Grosse Pointe
Dave & Buster’s
Delaware North
Detroit Zoo
Epoch Restaurant Group
Famous Dave’s BBQ
Forest Grill
Henry Ford Hospital West Bloomfield
The Henry Ford
Huron River Club
Just Baked Cupcakes
Karl’s Kabin
Kosch Catering
Kruse and Muer
Marriott at Centerpoint
Matt Prentice Restaurant Group
MGM Casino
Ocean Prime
Orchard Lake Country Club
Outback Steakhouse
Pasta Fagioli
P.F. Chang’s
Roberts Restaurant Group
Rojo (Rochester Hills)
Roma Café
Schoolcraft College
Shield’s Pizza
Stage Deli
Steve and Rocky’s
Steven Lelli’s
Supino Pizzeria
Tallulah Wine Bar & Bistro
Townsend Hotel
Treat Dreams
Village Palace
The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit



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