Cooks Who Care Releases New Cookbook Supporting Mental Health

Cooks Who Care releases new cookbook for mental health


originally published: 11/13/2022

Cooks Who Care releases new cookbook for mental health

(PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania) — Attentive cooksa non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of workers in the food and beverage industry, celebrates the upcoming virtual and in-store launch of the first-ever Cooks Who Care Community Cookbook: Entertaining for Mental Health (Philly Edition) with “Nobody Knows,” an evening fundraiser at the Stratus Rooftop Lounge on Monday, November 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This industry night-inspired event includes entertainment from DJ Romain and roller skate dancers, in addition to food and alcoholic (+non-alcoholic) beverages courtesy of the chefs and mixologists featured in the book, raffles and prizes, and a live auction.

Led by founders Maria and Scott Campbell, Cooks Who Care is no stranger to hosting citywide events to support local restaurants and bars. Their cookbook project was designed as a way to give back to workers in the food and beverage industry, improving their access to much-needed mental health support services. On Monday, November 21, the Campbells are inviting hospitality folks and anyone interested in supporting the cause to enjoy an evening at the Stratus Rooftop Lounge in Old Town, in an effort to raise funding for the publication. printed from the first Cooks Who Care community. Recipe book.

“I’ve always been moved by the lyrics to ‘Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out’ by Derek & the Dominos. People salute you when you cross the finish line, but where are they when you’re I never wanted people to feel like this,” said Maria Campbell. “Nobody knows about mental health issues (because they’re hidden), and nobody knows what it’s like to be in this business, except us! Let’s come together not just as an industry, but as a community that cares.”

This one-of-a-kind cookbook is a compilation of seasonal recipes shared by chefs, mixologists, beverage professionals and health experts who are dedicated to supporting mental health advocacy within their industries. Just in time for the holiday season, the book includes plenty of recipes and home entertainment ideas for cooks of all skill levels and learning styles. Featured chefs and beverage experts include Chef Jen Zavala of Juana Tamale, Kate Duffy of Laurel and In The Valley, Chef Chad Durkin of Porcos and Small Oven Pastry Shop, Joshua Scheid of Rex at The Royal, Casey Parker, Chef Jose Luis Ruis and Chef Guadalupe Ramirez Mozo of Pistolas Group, Christoper Devern of Red Owl Tavern, Chef Reuben Asaram of Reuben’s Indian Kitchen, and more.

All proceeds from the purchase of Cooks Who Care Community Cookbook: Entertaining for Mental Health (Philly Edition) will benefit a community fund for people working in the food and beverage industry in the Greater Philadelphia area, including South Jersey and Delaware County.

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Tickets to “Nobody Knows” at the Stratus Rooftop Lounge are priced at $25/person and include free bites and drinks, as well as various forms of live entertainment. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking HERE. For those unable to attend but still wish to donate to the cause, click HERE.

The digital edition includes how-to videos filmed by cinematographer and producer Eric Lovett Jr., and can be previewed by clicking below. Stay tuned for a release date for the virtual cookbook, falling in December 2022. The release date for the print publication will follow, pending additional funds raised by the Monday, November 21 event.

Cooks Who Care (CWC) is an organization dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of people working in the food and beverage industries. Based in Media, PA, CWC is currently focused on supporting food service workers in the greater Philadelphia area, with the goal of expanding nationwide. Founders Maria and Scott Campbell are tireless advocates, raising awareness of specific mental health issues to their industry peers.

The food and beverage industry is in the midst of an ongoing mental health crisis. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought this situation to the forefront of a national conversation, but the conditions have existed for years. In light of the mental health issues that many of our industry friends have faced recently, we’ve been inspired to do more to help. With the new CWC Community Fund, we are raising money to fund mini-grants for food service workers in the Philadelphia area who need mental health support. Our CWC Community Cookbook is a fundraiser for this initiative and 100% of proceeds will fund grants focused on mental health.

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