Be an Impact Champion for at-risk youth with Cooks Who Care

Be an Impact Champion for at-risk youth with Cooks Who Care

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Join forces with Cooks Who Care to build a wall ... not to divide, but to unite and build peace. Help us build an interactive "Peace" Wall, which will be the backdrop of our 2016 Philly Art & Food Event and will help...

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Update #20

almost 3 years ago

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead

Thank you to all who have contributed towards our goal to bring joy to so many people; assisting at-risk youth and saying creative expression is important with your #heartsforthearts. Although we are still short on our goals, we will continue to push forward to create opportunities to support @tallerpr and the students they serve.

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Cooks Who Care is a supportive community for food industry members who collectively encourage each other personally & professionally.  Together we have joined forces to be the change we want to see in the world, by supporting our "Mighty Underdog" charity Taller Puertorriqueno

Help us continue to build a “Peace Wall" that will be the extend the theme of community engagement to Taller through messages of hope and unity. The chalkboard canvas is more than just a photo op- it’s the start of a conversation that will last well beyond the Philly Art & Food 2016.

Learn more about the organization we are fighting for, and organization that has worked for more than 40 years to show the value of cultural acceptance and diversity. Studies show that arts education can encourage success for students of all socioeconomic levels, we want to show the students that Taller serves that people  outside of their neighborhood value them and their educations.  

Meet Taller: 

Did you know about this fantastic organization?  Maybe not, that's why we call them our "Mighty Underdog" Charity partner.  In Dec. 2016, http://www.tallerpr.org opened a brand new arts and culture building called El Corazón Cultural Center, solidifying them as PA's largest Latino arts organization. It will be a home to Philadelphia’s vibrant Latino art community & to the many children, neighbors, and community members that Taller has uplifted through education and outreach programs since its founding 42 years ago.

How You Can Help?  

Funds donated to Taller Puertorriqueño will help us give a gift of peace and acceptance to inspire at-risk students by showing them that strangers care about low-income neighborhoods.  Share your positive messages of hope by donating to our cause. Your donation will build a large scale canvas, where we can continue collect your messages following the Philly Art & Food event.

This January, the Peace Wall will go home to Taller’s new home in the El Corazón Cultural Center as a gift that will remind them of not only a wonderful night of art, food, and diversity- but of the lasting impact of a community coming together.

Allow more students to engage with the arts in this new 25,000-sq ft. facility and give them a chance to see beauty in this world.  As public schools take away funding for art/culture programs, your donation tells these children that their creativity matters too. 

With this expansion, Taller Puertorriqueño assumes a greater responsibility to maintain their strong ties to their Latino neighborhood.  Your donation strengthens their mission to promote and further the understanding of Puerto Rican and other Latino identities in Philadelphia. 

Financial support is a direct investment in the preservation and elevation of Latino art and culture in our own community. Taller’s engaging programming has encouraged pride of Puerto Rican and Latino culture, and is stimulating conversations that create opportunities for you to join us in building lasting connections with dedicated advocates across this great city.

El Corazón Cultural Center will allow Taller Puertorriqueño to expand their existing programs. Your donation allows the great work they do continue. See how: 

  • Education: Taller’s education program reaches out to the deep desire to learn and create. Children from ages 5-18 have access to summer camps, cultural exploration programs, young artist programs, and after-school programs. Educational opportunities, led by a group of bilingual artist and teachers, introduce children to a creative outlet to explore their culture while building self-esteem.  

  • Exhibitions: The gallery at Taller Puertoriqqueño is the only space in the region dedicated solely to displaying work by Puerto Rican and Latino artists, giving voice to contemporary artists from the local community and beyond.

  • Outreach: Building community is central to Taller Puertorriqueño’s mission. Outreach programs engage people of all ages through a wide variety of mediums.

Taller Puertorriqueño has been “building community through art” for over four decades.  During that time, the depth and need of that mission has outgrown their previous location.  Beauty is for all and Taller's neighbors will see first-hand with see how the construction of the El Corazón Cultural Center will bring beauty to their neighborhood. 

Your contribution supports Taller’s program expansion reach to a larger number of children and youth, from the current 60 participants per semester to 160.

Join Cooks Who Care in showing Taller Puertrorriqueño that even strangers have #HeartsfortheArts. 

Donation Information: 

www.tallerpr.org, Tax ID: #23-1946165. To answer any of your organizational financial questions please see the following document listing Taller's varied accomplishments:  http://tallerpr.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Accomplishments-2014-15.pdf

Proof of 501(3)c status visit: http://bit.do/5013c-tallerpr

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Cooks Who Care posted a new update:
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Update #20

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead

Thank you to all who have contributed towards our goal to bring joy to so many people; assisting at-risk youth and saying creative expression is important with your #heartsforthearts. Although we are still short on our goals, we will continue to push forward to create opportunities to support @tallerpr and the students they serve.

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Update #19

This stand out judges panel from Philly Art & Food 2016 event, came out to support #Philly chefs in the community sharing their art to inspire at-risk youth from @tallerpr. See this beautiful line up standing in front our crowd making an impact for others success! Thank you!

Chef Brian Duffy (Chef & restaurant consultant featured on Bar Rescue& Beat Bobby Flay) who just opened Crafthouse
Chad Durkin (Event Host and R&D/Corporate Pastry Chef at Carlos Bakery)
Cher Harris (Executive Pastry Chef of Hershey Hotel & International Pastry Queen Winter)
Cheldin Rumer (Excecutive Producer and Host of “This Is It” TV)
Parisha Smith (Culinary Producer of MyNewPhilly & Food Network and Cooking Channel)
Alex Tewfik (Eater Philadelphia Editor)
Napoleon Garcia (Impacto Newspaper)

Everyday people are becoming Champions too! How about you? Consider donating to our campaign supporting the creative arts. Thank you!
Photo by: Kerry McIntyre Photography

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Update #18

Meet the 12+ Impact Champions of Philly Art & Food 2016! As Cooks Who Care, we stood proud in front of the living Peace Wall to be placed in the new home of Taller's cultural center on 5th St., Philadelphia, PA.

Jennifer Zavala (Private Chef & Staffing)
Angela Ranalli Cicala (Brigantessa & Le Virtu) Winner of the People's Choice Award for "Best Table Presentation"
Maranda Burns (Vedge) Winner of the "Amaretti Pastry Champion Award"
Eric Leveillee and Alex Busch (Whetstone Tavern)
Malik Ali (Neuf Restaurant)
Marqessa Gesualdi (Pastry Chef)
Ange Branca (Saté Kampar)
Alex Boonphaya (Circles Thai)
Jess Gaspero (The Farm & Fisherman) Winner of the People's Choice Award for "Best Flavor Composition"
Ted Torres (Coa Catering) Winner of the "Singer Equipment Culinary Champion Award"
Stephanie Musick (The Valley Green Inn)
Adam Diltz (Johnny Brenda’s)
Adan Trinidad (Sancho Pistolas & Jose Pistolas)

Congrats! So many chefs w/ compassion supporting creative outlets & have #heartsforthearts. Thank you ALL for supporting at-risk youth! Want to make impact too? Consider donating to support our cause.

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Update #17

"The world can change in an instant. So can the way you choose to see it. Why not choose to see the good in yourself and others" - Bob Perks

We are grateful for @cooks who care like @kikiaranita and @Chrisvacca, world travelers and owners of @poidogphilly. Thank you for your donation and good luck on your new opening! You can learn more about this world traveling team https://www.facebook.com/PoiDogPhilly/

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Update #16

Joining forces for good, @Masha Lipkovsky, thank you for your #HeartfortheArts and donating to our @cookswhocare campaign.

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Update #15

Chang87 decided to inspire at-risk youth this holiday season. Thank you for your generous donation to our Philly Art & Food campaing hosted by Cooks Who Care, where we engage the community to have #HeartsfortheArts.

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Update #14

Walls are powerful symbols. Walls can divide & separate. The Cooks Who Care group chooses to look at walls differently. Walls support, they provide strength & connect. Help us build a mural wall and promote #peace with us.

Our community needs you starting this #givingtues!
Your donation inspires peace: http://bit.do/PeaceWall

#togethergoodthingshappen #collaborate #inspire #makeadifference

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Update #13

Build a Wall for Peace! Get ahead of #Givingtues!
Promote peace with us: https://fundly.com/philly-art-food-2016

We firmly believe #connection is the MOST important element in our Cooks Who Care group. As hosts of the Philly Art & Food 2016 event, we are working with an organization who preserves Latino Heritage, Taller Puertorriqueño. Bridging cultures together by having fun we decided to build a wall, not to divide our groups, but to create messages for #peace, #love & #acceptance.

Sponsor a “Place for Peace” to support your neighbors’ self-expression or donate “Building Materials” from @theresourceexchange to create a message board for valuing diversity, illuminating the love we have for all.

#cwc #cookswhocare #morethanacook #heartsforthearts #diversitymatters #loveconquershate #communitysupport #

Inspiration Photo: "Peace Wall" Peter Pagast & Jane Golden. 29th/Wharton Philadelphia Graysferry

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Update #12

Bridging Communities Together Takes Heart!

Meet Angela Branca! Chef Angela is chef and co-owner of Saté Kampar, a restaurant serving traditional #Malaysian street fare in Passyunk Square, Philadelphia. She will also be competing at the upcoming Philly Art & Food 2016 event as an Impact Champion Chef. She sees creative expression as force to be shared with the world and we are grateful that she is bringing the power of creativity to others by sharing her #HeartsForTheArts in support of Taller Puertorriqueño.

See their art first-hand at our intimate venue Coda up to 10% off http://bit.do/phillyartandfood2016

Malaysian culture is very multi-cultural and this husband and wife team, Angelina & John participating in our #cookingforcharity event, are additionally very dedicated to supporting diversity, acceptance and peace. We are excited to see their upheld cultural traditions and how they openly share to our community.

#phillyevents #phillychef #phillyartandfood #southphilly

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Update #11

Passion goes beyond food and ingredients!

Jessica Gaspero, pastry chef at The Farm and Fisherman Tavern & Market has joined our Cooks Who Care's annual event by becoming our 2nd yr. Impact Champion Chef at the Philly Art & Food 2016!

Taste this #morethanacook's pastry art at our grassroots event to help inspire our diverse city: http://bit.do/phillyartandfood2016

Their expanding farm-to-table location, is a tavern just over the bridge in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, that prides itself on serving locally sourced produce and meats. Chef Jessica expresses her creativity through designing and plating inventive desserts using hyper-local ingredients to drive her art. Previously working under Chef Peter Scarola from R2L, she has spread her wings into her first Executive Pastry chef role.

Tour their local food haven, http://www.fandftavern.com/home.

At the upcoming Philly Art & Food 2016 to support our 'Mighty Underdog', Taller Puertorriqueño, she will share her #HeartsForTheArts by competing in the Top Chef competition. We are thrilled to have her passion & art on display for our cause to inspire at-risk youth.

#localfood #farmtotable #phillyfood #phillyrestaurants #pastrychef #femalechefsrock #pastryart #cookswhocare #morethanacook

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Update #10

Being More Than a Cook....Takes Heart!

Don't miss meeting him and tasting his food to vote on his art: http://bit.do/phillyartandfood2016

Meet Adan Trinidad, 2016 Impact Champion Chef! As chef & partner of Sancho Pistola's and Jose Pistola's, this community driven chef displays his art of cooking on a daily basis where he is inspired by native Puebla, elevated with modern ingredients & techniques. He is on this year's Billy Penn list for Who's Next: Chefs. We are excited to have Chef Adan competing with our other Impact Champion Chefs for the 2nd year in our Chef competition at our upcoming Philly Art & Food 2016.

Check his new lunch menu in Fishtown, Philadelphia, http://sanchopistolas.com/menu/ He will share his #HeartsForTheArts as he shares his creativity & passion for food to support Taller Puertorriqueño & art education in Philadelphia.

We can’t wait to see what he will share with us on Dec. 14!
#Mexican #cookingforcharity #phillyfoodevent #Latinopride #morethanacook #chef

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Update #9

Art is related to the craft of cooking!
We are proud to introduce Stephanie Musick! As one of our 2016 Impact Champion Chefs, Stephanie will be sharing her #HeartsForTheArts by competing in the Top Chef competition at the upcoming Philly Art & Food 2016 to support Taller Puertorriqueño.

Support our giving chefs and buy tickets: http://bit.do/phillyartandfood2016

Get To Know Her: Since Sept. 2016 she has been Executive Chef at the historic Valley Green Inn on the banks of the Wissahickon Creek Valley Green Fairmount Park, (visit their website by clicking here and check out the menu for their upcoming #Thanksgiving brunch www.valleygreeninn.com), but she has been community driven since long before that.

Cooks Who Care is excited that she has chosen to share her drive with our cause!

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Update #8

Working hard for others! Meet Angela Ranalli Cicala! Chef Angela is the pastry chef at both Le Virtù and Brigantessa, (find these restaurants on the web here and here levirtu.com/ and brigantessaphila.com/).

Le Virtù just announced that their annual Panarda Feast, which began in 2011, will be held just three days before our Philly Art & Food 2016 supporting Taller Puertorriqueño, so we are especially are honored that this busy chef has made time to share her #HeartsForTheArts and compete as one of our 2016 Impact Champion Pastry Chefs.

40 courses in 10 hours! To learn more of their gastronomic feast, check out what's in store: http://bit.do/panarda-feast-2015
Get your tickets for Philly Art & Food 10% off: http://bit.do/phillyartandfood2016

Photo: Le Virtù by Kerry McIntyre Photography
#pastrychefs #cookingforcharity #morethanacook #phillyfood #southphillyfood #phillyevent #femalechefsrock

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Update #7

Meet Cooks Who Care Chef, Adam Diltz! Chef Adam has been involved with Cooks Who Care since the beginning and we are thrilled to have him joining us again this year as one of the Impact Champion Chefs who will be competing at the Philly Art & Food 2016 to benefit Taller Puertorriqueño.

He is the executive chef at Johnny Brenda's in Fishtown, Philadelphia (visit their website by clicking here, http://www.johnnybrendas.com) an establishment that is known for their support of local performing arts and local food. Chef Adam is #morethanacook … he has #HeartsForTheArts, do you?

Support our Chefs by sharing our info, thanks! http://bit.do/phillyartandfood2016

#pubfood #cookswhocare #phillyevent #cookingforcharity #foodandmusic #musicvenue

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Update #6

We are proud to introduce Alex Boonphaya as one of our 2016 Impact Champion Chefs! Alex is the chef/owner of Circles Thai and has dedicate himself to be apart of this important cause to show the importance of diversity and art expression.

Opened in 2008 as a Thai takeout/delivery business in South Philly, Circles Thai quickly grew to an upscale, full service restaurant, and added locations in Northern Liberties and Collingwood, NJ.
http://circlesthai.com/

Chef Alex was the winner of our Philly Art & Food 2015 Top Chef competition, and we are thrilled to have him join us again this year to show his #HeartsForTheArts in support of Taller Puertorriqueño!

#thaicuisine #chefforcharity #chefevent #phillyfood #thaifood

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Update #5

As Cooks Who Care, we do more than cook...we mobilize a community. This coming Monday, we will release all of the names who are standing tall to join forces with us and fundraise alongside us for at-risk youth to support the need for creative expression with our art education partner www.tallerpr.org. Hope is possible only with you and only 5 weeks left!

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Update #4

We are proud to introduce Malik Ali as one of our newest Impact Champion Chefs to be at our Philly Art & Food event, Dec 14th! Working as a Pastry Chef and Sous Chef under Chef Joncarl Lachman at Restaurant Neuf in Bella Vista, he draws his inspiration from the vibrant food culture of his neighborhood.

Check out our video produced by Freddie Patane. If you have #HeartsForTheArts, like our video & subscribe to our channel. More chefs to come! https://youtu.be/RudnX6roCRk

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Update #3

Working hard to finalize our stand out list of participating chefs this Dec. 14th. We are grateful for the amazing community business support that has over 17+ Philadelphia Impact Champion Chefs and Judges involved. We will release the list shortly so stay tuned.

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Update #2

Recently opened Rodin Square Whole Foods, Philadelphia has donated Dinner for 4. When you donate $25 or more until Oct 28th, you will be entered to win this giveaway. This new store also carries mini, local restaurants inside. Your entry will be added when you become a Champion donor at the $25 level or higher & announced at the end of the month. Good luck to you and thank you for your generosity!

"This Whole Foods location partnered up with some big-deal chefs in Philly and by opening smaller, in-store versions of popular area concepts. Shawn Darragh and Ben Puchowitz's ramen bar Cheu Noodle Bar, CookNSolo's hummusaya Dizengoff, Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby's vegan fast-food concept Wiz Kid (opening next to V Street this winter), plus Severino Cucina Rustica, a restaurant offshoot of South Jersey's famed Severino Pasta Company, will be joining their two pubs, a mobile cocktail cart, and coffee and juice bar, inside the 140-seat food hall, thus forever changing the meaning of "food shopping" in Philadelphia." - Eater Philadelphia

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Update #1

Chef Angela Ranalli Cicala, co-owner Brigantessa & Le Virtu in Philadelphia is standing up with www.tallerpr.org to show her love and compassion for the arts. She has #HeartsForTheArts do you?

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