07/12/17

Outreach Spotlight: Kings for the Kids

Kings for the Kids

 Did you know that the average number of days a child spends in foster care is 457?

    Clackamas County has 387 children in foster care.
    Washington County has 754 children in foster care.
    Multnomah County has 2,037 children in foster care.

This adds up to 3,178 children in the tri-county area. The Tri-County area alone accounts for 35% of the total number of children in the Oregon foster care system.

Rick King knows…and that’s why he founded Kings for the Kids, an Oregon Not for profit Organization started to help fund camps, like Royal family Kids Camps, for abused and neglected children in Oregon and Washington, almost twenty years ago. 

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Kings for the KidsRick’s heart is for foster children and the monies he, his volunteers, and local fishing guides raise supports several key ministries focused on kids in the foster care system.  These professional guides volunteer their time, during the height of spring fishing season, to offer an amazing fishing experiencing, as part of KFK’s salmon fishing tournament fundraiser each spring.

Later, the guides and fisher-folk gather for dinner (that’s were MY KITCHEN Outreach come in!) and an amazing raffle/silent auction with many donated items from local artists and merchants.

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Cookin’ up a brisket and chicken BBQ feast for the hungry fisher-folk!

You can fish with your own boat or with a guide or boatsmen and have a fantastic dinner and silent auction to raise money for foster kids here in Oregon.

Kings for the Kids Volunteers

How You Can Help

Kings for the Kids always needs volunteers. Whether it’s administrative work or help at one of the activities, they have a spot available for any amount of time you can commit. Below are some of the specific opportunities. To offer your time, please contact volunteer@kingsForTheKids.org.

Tournament Help: Needs at the annual tourney abound! Contact KFK if you’d like to help. What they need most are bodies willing to serve where needed. Some common needs are: Greeters, Servers, Registration, Setup, Cleanup, and the list goes on! Contact Rick to sign up or get more information.

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Donation Coordinator: Kings For the Kids needs assistance with coordinating donations from local and national sponsors. The donations are used for our silent auction, raffle give-a-ways, and Christmas Boxes.

More Information: For additional details about the supported ministries or Kings for The Kids, please contact Rick King, rick@KingsForTheKids.org, and be sure to follow their official page on Facebook!

MY KITCHEN Outreach is proud to support and promote Rick, and Kings for the Kids, for the amazing work they do on behalf of foster kids!

Kings for the Kids

07/10/17

Support us on Prime Day!

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Support MY KITCHEN Outreach Program
on Amazon’s Prime Day!

Amazon’s Prime Day is here, and will feature more than 100,000 deals exclusively for Prime Members, making it one of the biggest shopping days of the year!

Deals start at 9:00 pm ET tonight, July 10
and run through July 11.

When you #StartWithaSmile on #PrimeDay, Amazon donates to
MY KITCHEN Outreach Program!

CLICK HERE to begin shopping and supporting MY KITCHEN!

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11/4/16

What is a MY KITCHEN “SupperClub” Party?

MY KITCHEN SupperClub

One method of getting the word out for our MY KITCHEN Outreach Program, is to throw “SupperClub Parties” with families, friends, and supporters of our non-profit charity.

It’s all about fun, highlighting the things that the MK chefs do best: teaching hands-on cooking skills, and serving amazing food!

MY KITCHEN SupperClub

Prepping kale slaw for our “Farmers Market” SupperClub

 

MY KITCHEN SupperClub

Fun, Food, & Friends!

How it works:

Each host invites 10-15 friends over to their house, and we share a little bit about what we do, give some hands-on cooking demos of several recipes that follow a specific theme chosen by the host, maybe drink a little wine (at the host’s discretion), and then enjoy the fruits of our labors with a multi-course tapas-style meal of the dishes we’ve just learned to prepare.

Attendees are welcome to participate in the prep and cooking, or not, no pressure.

It’s a casual, low-stress, lots-of-laughs night with friends and family, that helps us help kids…

How’s THAT for a win-win?

See you there!

Chef Perry
MY KITCHEN Outreach Program
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PS – Here are a couple of sample themes:

Kale Slaw

Theme: Farmer’s Market

Synopsis: Three simple vegetable dishes that highlight seasonally fresh produce

Meal: Copper Pennies, Kale Slaw, Italian Green Beans

 Pork Shoulders in Smoker

Theme: Creating Your Signature BBQ Sauce

Synopsis: Attendees will learn the basic elements of a BBQ sauce, then create their own from a wide variety of ingredients.

Meal: Pulled Pork Sliders, Cilantro-Sesame Slaw

Mushroom Pan Sauce

Theme: Perfect Pan Sauces

Synopsis: Instruction on three of the basic “Mother Sauces” of French cooking: Mornay (cheese), Tomato, and Mushroom Beurre Blanc.

Meal: Chicken Marsala, Pasta Rustica, Vegetable Trio with Mornay

  • If you would like to consider hosting your own SupperClub, and would like a full list of available themes, please contact us at mykitchenoutreach@gmail.com; Subject line: “SupperClub”

MY KITCHEN SupperClub

The Fine Print

Host pays for the cost of ingredients and materials only. All shopping, prep, delivery, and service are provided at no additional fee by the MY KITCHEN Program. Travel expenses outside of the Portland/Metro area will be considered a material expense. An invoice for food/material costs will be provided by MY KITCHEN. Payment in full must be received at least 1 week prior to the event date. Due to shopping requirements, cancellations within the last 72 hours will be non-refundable.

Host will provide space for a MY KITCHEN information and donation table (which we provide), as well as 10-15 minutes for our chefs to present the outreach to guests (typically just prior to the class).

Additional sides, beverages, and desserts may be added to the base menu for an additional fee. MY KITCHEN is not licensed to provide or serve alcohol, but you are certainly welcome to do so yourselves. Plating and serving-ware are provided by the host, or by us for an additional fee.

10 Guest minimum.*

Per our “Personal Chef” status, the States of Oregon/Washington require that there must be a residential kitchen onsite, and that we use that facility to prepare food.

Gratuities are not included in ingredient/materials pricing, nor required, but if you love the class (and you will) we never turn down a tip! All gratuities will be considered a donation to the MY KITCHEN Outreach Program, and used soley for the outreach. Tax-deductible receipts for tips and donations are can be provided.

*Obviously, our goal in these SupperClubs is to raise funds and support for the MY KITCHEN Program. Please keep this is mind when inviting attendees to your event, and consider those with the ability, means, and desire to partner with charities like ours to help mentor kids and feed the hungry.

Thank you for helping us help kids!


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04/11/16

Sparks of Hope 2016 Gala & Auction!

Sparks of Hope 2016

Hey Friends,

Teaching Kids to CookAs most of you know, Sparks of Hope has been a MAJOR supporter of our outreach program, and they basically outfitted us with all of our gear to get our classes started three years ago.

Their summer and winter survivor camps (for kids coming out of a history of sexual abuse) are two of our major teaching events every year, allowing us to touch the lived of dozens of amazing children, teaching them valuable life skills, and helping restore their self-worth.

For all they have done for us, and continue to do for the kids, we would like to show our love and support for Sparks of Hope by filling two MY KITCHEN Outreach tables at their annual Dinner Auction Lee Ann Mead Sparks of Hopecoming up this May 21st at 5:30 p.m, at the historic Sentinel Hotel in Portland.

The annual auction is the #1 fund-raising tool for the kid’s camps. (Be sure to watch the video, below!)

The night will start with a walk down the red carpet to hosted hors d’oeuvres and wine during Portland’s premiere silent auction. Next you will be seated at your table for a plated dinner, with wine, catered by Jake’s Famous Crawfish as the multimedia/ live auction starts with KGW’s own Cathy Marshal. The evening will conclude with dancing provided by Patrick Lamb.

Couple’s tickets (2 included) are only $150.00 for a night you’ll never forget!

Please join us for an evening that will change the lives of Oregon’s abused children.

Sparks of Hope Gala 2016Reserve your seats here and be sure to add to the notes section that you would like to be seated at one of the MY KITCHEN tables!

(Please let me know when you reserve your seats so I know when our tables are full.)

Only space for 20 couples, so sign up now!

Thank you for helping us help kids!

Chef Perry

07/28/15

BBQ Class at My Father’s House Community Shelter

MY FATHER'S HOUSE BBQ Class

MY KITCHEN Outreach had a fantastic time this week, teaching our “Basics of BBQ & Grilling” for the folks at My Father’s House Community Shelter in Gresham, Oregon!

My Father’s House is a non-profit shelter ministry that opened to meet the needs of homeless families.  The men, women and children in homeless families often sleep in their cars, crash on friends’ couches, or go from home to home just to survive. Many of these families have no idea of how to obtain or keep a job. Some need professional counseling.

All of them need HOPE.

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We had about fourteen students, ranging from seniors to kids, and everyone participated in learning the basics of bbq and grilling, and cooking their own burgers, perfect hot-dogs, and bbq chicken thighs.

MY KITCHEN Outreach BBQ Class

Nobody left hungry, that’s for sure!

Looking forward to returning and teaching 4-week basic cooking sessions this fall!

Chef Perry

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06/12/15

WE DID IT!

MY KITCHEN Outreach Van

WE DID IT!

Thank you all so much! Here’s the new outreach van, suited up and ready to play!

We’re going to leave this account open, as we still need to get new tires, ongoing maintenance, and a few odds and ends. If anyone feels like contributing, well…we’ll put it to good use!

1924363_980453261989507_1223448435796426515_nEach one of you have made a HUGE influence in the lives of countless children who will learn new skills, self sufficiency, and gain important self-worth though the MY KITCHEN Program!

Also, a massive, never-ending THANK YOU to Bob Lees at The Sign Shack llc in Hillsboro, Oregon for the FANTASTIC job he did on the outreach van (at cost!!!)

If you need signage of any kind, please give Bob a call!

Thank you Bob, so much, for helping us help kids!

– Chef Perry

MY KITCHEN Outreach ProgramBy the way, if you’re enjoying this post, please subscribe to our free newsletter! We’ll send seven amazing dinner recipes and a shopping list to your inbox each Friday. Plus, you’ll be helping us teach nutrition, shopping, and hands-on cooking classes to at-risk kids.

 

 

05/16/15

Bigger and better things…

MY KITCHEN Outreach Van

Apologies for my lack of Photoshop skills, but you get the idea! :)

SimplySmartDinnerPlans “MY KITCHEN” Outreach is growing…and that’s a great thing!

The more we grow, the more ministries and outreach programs we can partner with to teach at-risk kids to cook healthy, and the more hungry kids and families we can feed!

Unfortunately, our growth has also brought about the demise of the old mini-van we used to haul all of the gear we need to set up classes, kitchens, deliver food, etc.

So, it’s time to move on to better, and much bigger means of transportation…a MY KITCHEN cargo van!

Many of you have been asking how you can help, or donate towards this project, so I’ve created this GoFundMe page to help you do just that.

Thank you all so much for your continued support and generosity, every dollar is appreciated and no gift is too small!

Also: every single penny that’s donated will go directly towards the purchase and set-up of the van. If there are any leftover monies, they will be placed in the general outreach fund, to be used for future classes.

Thank you very much!

Chefs Perry, Terry & Chris
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05/4/15

The “ministry” of the MY KITCHEN Outreach Program

MY KITCHEN Ministry

So, I was asked the other day what I consider to be the “ministry” aspect of our MY KITCHEN Cooking Classes.

I gave the question a lot of thought, and I want to share with you the answer I came up with.

MY KITCHEN MinistryMany of the kids we work with have severe self-esteem and self-worth issues.

Many come from a history of abuse, neglect, or abandonment.

The world, as they know it, has hurt, marginalized, or just plan abandoned them, and they live daily questioning their worth and wondering if they are “just a mistake” (as one student told me last summer.)

These kids have lived much, if not all, of their lives in “survival mode”, simply trying to make it through each day without being hurt again, and never having the time, resources, or support to develop the kind of skills, interests, or passions that many of the rest of us take for granted.

MY KITCHEN MinistryChef Chris, Chef Terry, and I, when we teach a child a cooking skill, have seen time and time again how at the end of that day, or weekend, or six-week course…when they successfully flip that omelet, or taste that delicious chicken piccata that THEY made from scratch, and hear the cheers, praise, and compliments of their peers and leaders, they begin realize that they can do something, that they can have a skill that is unique to them, and that they, alone own.

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MY KITCHEN MinistryThey begin to see that they may have something of value to offer; that they may have worth after all.

Sometimes for the first time in their lives.

And we believe that realization begins to open the door of their hearts to the possibility that they are not a “mistake”, that God knows them, He values them, He intentionally created them, and that He does have a plan and a purpose for their lives that they can achieve.

That is our ministry.

Chef Perry

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01/5/15

Join MY KITCHEN

MY KITCHEN Outreach

Did you know that you can help support our MY KITCHEN Outreach Program, helping us cook for the hungry, and teaching important cooking skills to at-risk kids…just by signing up for our free weekly meal plans?

It’s true! Even if you never click on a single ad, just by visiting our page to get the latest recipes, download the weekly plans, and watch our latest videos, you help increase our search engine ratings, which brings more people to our page, increasing our ad value and revenue!

That ad revenue is our sole income to provide meals, class gear and materials, marketing and advertising, etc., for the outreach.

Please consider signing up today, and sharing this information with folks you know. They’ll get some great recipes, new cooking tips and tricks, one-on-one Q&A with our chefs, and be helping a great cause at the same time…all for free!

Here’s the sign up link: www.joinmykitchen.com

Thank you!

Chefs Perry, Terry, & Chris
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