Sunday, November 2, 2014
1st Saturday Cooking Demos at the Riverwest Food Pantry with Chef Paul Bender
Helping the less fortunate can come in many different forms. Using your time and talents to offer others assistance and a sense of self-worth at the same time is very beautiful and generous. Chef Paul Bender, a local corporate chef hailing from West Allis, Wisconsin, who is also my Dad, does exactly that. Despite working two jobs, Chef Paul has been spending the first Saturday of every month for six months, donating his energy and passion for food by holding food demonstrations at the Riverwest Food Pantry at St. Casimir Church in Milwaukee, showcasing healthy and unique spins on many of the foods available at the pantry.
In past demonstrations, Chef Paul has displayed vegetarian chili, lettuce wraps, low calorie macaroni and cheese, cucumber radish salad, guacamole, and butternut and spaghetti squash, using ingredients that are available at the food pantry. The Riverwest Food Pantry has found that many clients refuse to take certain foods home because they don't know what to do with it. By demonstrating the wide variety of options with some of these foods, Chef Paul and the food pantry hope to assist clients not only by providing an abundance of tasty food ideas, but also to improve their health with nutritious recipes.
Chef Paul Bender is doing the good work that we are all called to do in the Gospel. We are called to give of ourselves for the benefit of others, using the talents that God has given us to help others and to bring about a deeper relationship with Him through our good example.
If you would like to volunteer your time, talent and your love of people please feel free to assist at the Riverwest Food Pantry located at Our Lady of Divine Providence Parish (St. Casimir Site) on the corner of Bremen and Clarke streets in Milwaukee.
Please feel free to contact Vincent Noth, Coordinator of the Riverwest Food Pantry at 262-518-2009
or visit http://riverwestfoodpantry.org/ for more information on how you can get involved.