Although most classes led by a Bon Appétit chef take place inside a café on a Bon Appétit-served campus, sometimes they bring these skills into the community.
For example, Case Western Reserve University Chef/Manager Jonathan Barger, who has volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House in Cleveland many times (as has Executive Chef Derek Ivancic), recently led a team-building culinary exercise benefiting the House’s families.
The Ronald McDonald House is a no- or low-cost resource for families whose children receive medical treatment in nearby hospitals or medical centers. The House allows families to focus on their kids rather than cooking, cleaning, or paying bills. For Jonathan’s class, he showed House volunteers, employees from nearby Lincoln Electric, how to make ravioli from scratch as well as roasted root vegetables, creamy polenta, Italian braised beef, and fresh cannolis. (The Bon Appétit team at Case Western donated the ingredients.)
The hearty, delicious meal served more than 50 families that night, and sent community members home with new skills.
Submitted by Colleen Reynolds, Marketing Manager