Jeff Henderson fundraiser for the Sweet Potato Project
In support of an effort to arm at-risk youth with business skills, celebrity chef Jeff Henderson will be fundraising for the pilot Sweet Potato Project on June 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Cardinal Ritter College Prep, 701 N. Spring Ave.
The project focuses on one product, sweet potatoes, and teaches students how to grow the vegetable, develop a product and then brand, market and distribute it. It aims to highlight community-based alternatives to illegal drugs and crime.
After serving time in prison, Henderson became the first African-American executive chef at Caesar's Palce and the Ballagio in Las Vegas. He is now known for his Food Network show, The Chef Jeff Project. He is also a New York Times best seller and author of Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, from Cocaine to Foie Gras.
The Sweet Potato Project will be an eight-week summer program for 10 to 20 youth. The project will pay students a minimum wage salary. Tickets are $20 and are available at www.showclix.com/event/236123. To find out more, go to nacda.wordpress.com/the-sweet-potato-project/