Cooks Who Care, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the mental health and well-being of food and beverage industry workers, has partnered with The Pineapple Club, the informal community and platform helmed by River Twice Owner Amanda Rucker and Her Place Supper Club Chef/Owner Amanda Shulman, to hold an online fundraising raffle now through Thursday, March 30 with prizes spanning culinary-focused evenings spent at Forsythia, Ember & Ash, and June BYOB, and private classes from Holy ‘Que Smokehouse and Small Oven Pastry Shop.
This newly-debuted fundraising raffle supports the print edition of Cooks Who Care Community Cookbook: Entertaining for Mental Health (Philly Edition), which released digitally in December of 2022 and includes numerous recipes and home entertaining ideas for cooks of all skill levels and learning styles. 100% of proceeds from book sales will benefit a community fund that will provide mini grants for food service workers in the Greater Philadelphia Region who are in need of mental health support.
Raffle prizes have been contributed by some of the most exciting restaurants, bars, and businesses in the area. Please see below for a list of current raffle participants and their donated prizes, and click HERE for additional information on how to enter the online raffle:
- Camuna Cellars and MFW Wine Co.: Wine Bundle (value $225)
- Cornerstone Bistro: Wine, Cheese, and Oyster Pairing for Seven at Chef’s Counter (value $1,120)
- Ember & Ash: Chef’s Table for Six (value $525)
- Fishtown Pickle Project: Learn How to Pickle Class (valued at $135)
- Forsythia: A Day in the Kitchen with Chef Chris Kearse + Special Dinner for Two (value $200)
- Her Place Supper Club: Chef’s Counter for Two (value $150)
- Holy ‘Que Smokehouse: BBQ Lesson from Pitmaster Tom Peters (value $500)
- June BYOB: Dinner for Two (value $110)
- Oloroso: Chef’s Counter for Two with Wine Pairings (value $400)
- Pocono Organic: Mini-Mushroom Farm Grow Kit (value $40)
- River Twice: Chef’s Counter for Seven (value $1,115)
- Roxanne BYOB: Dinner for Two (value $170)
- Small Oven Pastry Shop: Pastry Class for Six (value $300)
- Stereo Flavors: Branding, Logo, and Website Design Package (value $5000)
Additionally, there is also a massive gift card bundle up for raffle that includes gift certificates from local hotspots and fan-favorite destinations including (but far from limited to) Juana Tamale, Oyster House, and Vernick. More gift cards are being added to the bundle over time, so those interested should check regularly for updates. More raffle items may be added as well, pending further donations.
“The industry is incredibly blessed to have people like Amanda Rucker and Amanda Shulman, people who are willing to step up and make a difference, but this is just the beginning,” said Cooks Who Care Co-Founder Chef Maria Campbell, “We need all the support we can get to keep building momentum and enacting change.”
The raffle is a joint initiative with Cooks Who Care’s Break the Ice Nights charitable series of dinners and experiences that began last month. Those attending Break the Ice Nights events can expect top notch food and beverage offerings, with informative commentary on mental health conversation starters and the organization’s ethos as well as cookbook samples from Chef Maria Campbell, Co-Founder of Cooks Who Care. Participating business and events planned for Break the Ice Nights dinner series include the following:
- Wednesday, March 22: Karaoke at Jose Pistola’s
- Saturday, March 25: Cooking demonstrations at Chabaa Thai Bistro
- Tuesday, March 28: Love City Brewing
A portion of proceeds from all Break the Ice Night dinners (5-15% depending on event) will also benefit the print edition of the Community Cookbook and the growth of the community fund.
Cooks Who Care Community Cookbook: Entertaining for Mental Health (Philly Edition) is available to purchase and download on amazon.com or directly through Cooks Who Care’s website.
For more information about the Cooks Who Care and Pineapple Club fundraising raffle, click here, and for additional details pertaining to Break the Ice Nights, click here.
ABOUT COOKS WHO CARE:
Cooks Who Care (CWC) is an organization dedicated to supporting the health & well-being of people working in the Food & Beverage Industries. Based in Media, PA, CWC currently focuses their efforts on supporting food service workers in the greater Philadelphia area, with the goal of expanding nationwide. Founders Maria & Scott Campbell are tireless advocates, raising awareness about the mental health challenges specific to their industry peers. Learn more by following on Facebook, Instagram & at www.cookswhocare.org.
COOKS WHO CARE MISSION STATEMENT:
The Food & Beverage Industry is in the middle of an on-going mental health crisis. The Covid-19 pandemic brought this situation to the forefront of a national conversation, but the conditions have existed for years. In light of the mental health struggles that many of our friends in the Industry have faced recently, we were inspired to do more to help. With the newly launched CWC Community Fund, we are raising money to fund mini-grants for food service workers in the Philadelphia area who are in need of mental health support. Our CWC Community Cookbook is a fundraiser for this initiative & 100% of proceeds will fund mental health focused grants.
ABOUT THE PINEAPPLE CLUB:
The Pineapple Club, started by River Twice owner Amanda Rucker and Her Place Supper Club chef/owner Amanda Shulman was a way for two restaurant owners to spread awareness and fundraise using their platforms. They host one big culinary event each year and collaborate with their community to benefit an organization like Cooks Who Care.