Columbus, OH (September 4, 2014) – Young Gun chefs from seven local restaurants will join together to present Eat Up! Columbus, an evening culinary fete to benefit Freedom a la Cart – a social enterprise and workforce development program that aids and employs local survivors of human trafficking.
The culinary adventure will feature hors d’oeuvres and a seven-course tasting menu with drink pairings, on November 15, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. ET at St. Charles Preparatory School and will showcase some of the city’s trailblazing, young kitchen talent.
“It’s rewarding to use our creativity and passion for food as a means to give back to an organization that helps survivors of human trafficking turn their lives around,” explained Dustin Brafford, executive chef at The Crest Gastropub in Clintonville.
Brafford will lead the Eat Up! culinary team and will be joined in the kitchen by the following chefs:
- Chef Deborah Quinci, Freedom a la Cart
- Chef Miki Ashino and Eric Allen, Tokyo GoGo and Brothers Drake
- Chef Patrick Caskey, Skillet
- Chef Tom Kimura, Kihachi
- Chef Jessica Bryant, Pistacia Vera
- Chef Jullian Menaged, The Market Italian Village
“Eat Up! Columbus is a collaborative effort focused on sharing resources to benefit others, which is a value we strive to emulate daily as an organization,” said Keturah Schroeder, Managing Director of Freedom a la Cart. “We want to bring the community together to enjoy delicious local dishes and celebrate working together toward a mission, all while raising awareness and funds to fight human trafficking in Central Ohio.”
The November 15th event will begin with a cocktail hour and a silent auction starting at 6:00 p.m. ET. Tickets go on sale September 15, 2014 at EatUpColumbus.org for $150 each. A limited number of ten-top tickets can be purchased for $1500. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities or to donate auction items, please visit EatUpColumbus.org or email EatUp@freedomalacart.org.
About Freedom a la Cart
Freedom a la Cart is a Columbus, OH catering business and workforce development program that prepares local, adult survivors of human trafficking for economic self-sufficiency. We showcase local and delicious food, while providing a supportive work environment for those on a journey towards restoration.
We believe that women who have lived in slavery should be empowered to gain freedom through economic independence. Freedom a la Cart provides an introduction to the basics of workforce with a holistic foundation in life, social, and work skills to women who were trafficked at the average age of 13. Visit our website at freedomalacart.org or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.