HOUSTON, July 14, 2021 / PRNewswire / – A new program will take some of the Houstons vulnerable children a world of culinary possibilities. Entitled Restaurant U, the initiative is a partnership between local nonprofits Homemade Hope and the Greater Houston Texas Restaurant Association who takes at-risk children ages 4-18 on immersive excursions to world-class restaurants where they will eat delicious food while speaking and studying with the best chefs, owners and service team members in the restaurant industry.
In the summer of 2021, the participants in Restaurant U will visit a different restaurant every two weeks. The series starts with a stop at award-winning Gatlin’s BBQwhere Star Pitmaster Greg Gatlin– most recently seen on the acclaimed Netflix series “High on the Hog: How African-American Cuisine Transformed America” - will spend time talking to its young guests about his life, barbecue and business.
Homemade Hope was founded in 2014 and helps children in Houstons Network of shelters and affordable housing projects through a variety of programs, all anchored in nutrition. Nutrition and cooking lessons are taught alongside loving shared experiences of breaking bread together. The effort has helped thousands: in 2020 alone, almost 11,050 people took part in Homemade Hope’s personal and virtual programs.
Across Restaurant U, children at risk will address the threat of social distancing by building communities, both with each other and with contributing restaurants. Children not only learn valuable living and cooking skills, they also experience kids Houstons Firsthand cultural diversity, discover new foods and ingredients, practice restaurant etiquette, discover career opportunities, and more. Homemade Hope provides transportation and instructors to facilitate all activities, from cooking demonstrations and cooking classes to behind-the-scenes dining at the restaurant.
“Houston is the greatest food city in the world and anyone can be there, “says Cameron James, President of the Greater Houston Texas Restaurant Association. “Our restaurant community is very excited about the opportunity to connect with young people through delicious food, mentoring and interactive experiences that not only illustrate the professional opportunities that exist in our industry, but actually set them off bring them to grab you. ”
“We believe in the power of food,” says Blair Bentley, Executive Director of Homemade Hope. “For so many children who Homemade Hope serves, food can be a source of insecurity. These children live on food desserts and are not getting adequate nutrition. We want to show them how food can not only nourish their body and soul, but also bring people together. Learning about the culinary world and the restaurant business can tremendously empower these children. “
Rachel Austin, 713-305-0419
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