Cleveland’s Young Chefs Compete to Feed You Well at Freshtoberfest

Cleveland’s Young Chefs Compete to Feed You Well at Freshtoberfest

Have you ever wished that you could watch a live episode of Top Chef?  What if you could watch Cleveland’s youth battle for the freshest taste, Top Chef Style?  Guess what? You can!

Join the fun and experience gourmet food and drinks at the 5th annual  Freshtoberfest, Thursday, October 3, 2019, at 6 p.m at Tri-C’s Hospitality Management Center, 180 Euclid Avenue.

Cleveland’s Young Chefs Compete to Feed You Well at FreshtoberfestNine different teams from nine different student-run gardens will work with professional chefs to prepare tasty and unique dishes.  At least one ingredient in each dish will come from the student’s garden.  Watch teams flex their skills and be inspired to grow, cook and eat fresh.

“Your support at this event helps to motivate and empower youth to become creative, healthy leaders,” event founder Doc Harrill shares. All proceeds from this exciting event support Cleveland’s youth through Refresh Collective‘s non-profit arts and youth development. As their website explains, Refresh works to “refresh the heart of the city one song, one shirt, one story at a time.”

Refresh Collective offers free hip hop camps during the summer as well as workforce programming.  Students who participate in these programs often live in parts of the city where access to fresh foods is difficult.  At Fresh Camps, campers use fresh foods to prepare their own lunch, and a seed is sometimes planted. The idea that students feel better, that they  try and often like new types of food, is exciting for Doc and his team. Harrill notes that it’s “a slow process to incorporate all of this into a habit, but we have seen it happen.”

Arianna, (Air for short) proves Harrill’s point. A Refresh Collective camper, workforce participant, and Freshtoberfest veteran, Air has taken the Fresh Camp garden and cooking skills home and planted her own garden. Further, she has worked with her family to incorporate healthy meal choices for everyone.  All of this, as well as working with a professional chef at Freshtoberfest, has influenced Air to choose a major in culinary arts when she heads to college next fall. She hopes to someday be a personal chef.

Cleveland’s Young Chefs Compete to Feed You Well at FreshtoberfestThis carryover of skills and enthusiasm is exactly what Doc likes to see. He hopes that students like Air all across Cleveland will learn and incorporate healthy lifestyle choices and share them with friends and family.

Freshtoberfest is a family-friendly, date night option for everyone.  Tri C Culinary students will manage the event, feed participants, and provide tantalizing appetizers for guests.  Freshtoberfest provides student participants with a memorable, enriching experience, but they are not the only ones who have fun.

Professional chefs enjoy themselves just as much, if not more. “What a treat this has been, as a chef, to act as a role model, knowing that some of these students could envision becoming a chef one-day,” Chef John Selick, a participant in the 2018 Freshtoberfest, enthused.

Fresh food, prepared by Cleveland’s young chefs–what an opportunity to support our youth AND enjoy a healthy, flavorful meal!  Click here to learn more about the event and to book your ticket.

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