03/19/14

Thank you for helping the kids!

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So, our double pig roast at The Beer Station was a HUGE success! Everyone had a great time for this “Ides of March” party, the food was great (if we do say so ourselves…) the amazing beers flowed freely, and the generosity in donations to MY KITCHEN (our Independent Cooking Classes) was overwhelming.

We want to take the opportunity to express our gratitude to some amazing folks who made this event, and the MY KITCHEN program, possible.

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First kudos go to our long-time friends over at Sparks of Hope. A wonderful outreach in their own right, they have almost single-highhandedly made it possible to launch our cooking classes next month, by taking us on a mind-bogglingly generous shopping spree for the majority of our kitchen hardware.

We love you guys!

946551_534079563313557_1332576708_nThanks to Rusty Truck Brewing for the amazing beers, and their generous donation of a full keg (the proceeds from those sales were donated to our program).

You guys rock!

And, of course…

THE BEER STATION

 

 

 

02/8/14

Independent Living Cooking Classes

ILP1It’s official!

As part of our expanding Outreach Program, hautemealz.com will be partnering with Impact NW’s Independent Living Program to teach an ongoing series of basic home cooking classes for teens coming out of the foster-care system to live on their own. We’ll fund a portion of these classes from our outreach budget (thank you hautemealz subscribers!) and special cooking fundraisers.

We really want to hit the ground running, and build on the class we held last week, with a second and possibly third class in February.

20140130_171443We’re starting from scratch, so our first goal is to equip 10-12 portable cooking stations with a table, syllabus, burners, pans, pots, and various basic cooking implements.

We can’t tell you how excited we are to build a relationship with these amazing kids, while giving them the tools they need to prosper on their own!

Here’s what the program coordinator told us, following the first class:

“You did a fantastic job with the youth, who really benefited from the experience. I saw self confidence grow in individuals who didn’t have any before. They are excited about signing up for future sessions and we could not be more pleased!”

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Experts estimate that 45 percent of youth leaving foster care become homeless within a year.

Young people who have spent their lives in foster care often struggle when they leave the system. Impact NW’s Independent Living Program (ILP) helps foster care youth ages 14-21 gain the skills they need to successfully transition out of foster care and into adulthood.  They work with participants to set and reach attainable goals through one-on-one meetings, weekly job readiness classes, and social and skill-building activities and events.

ILP2 Each year, ILP ensures a happy, healthy, independent adulthood for more than 60 vulnerable young adults.

Hautemealz is excited and honored to be a part of this program by hosting this ongoing series of “Kitchen Skills” courses for the youth of the ILP.

ILP4These will not be classes that focus on a career in the culinary arts, but instead it will cover the primary skills and techniques required to plan, shop for, and cook healthy, affordable meals at home, using basic cooking equipment that these young people are likely to have available starting out on their own.

We believe that the ability to cook for oneself is a set of basic skills needed by  everyone, and that the confidence and independence that comes along with these skills will transfer into all other areas of these kids lives. In other words, when they learn that they can cook for themselves, they learn that they can do anything else they want to do in life.

We also want to make sure that Impact Northwest can continue to focus it’s time and resources on the important programs that are already in place, without having to divert monies from those, to our classes. We will have several opportunities in the future for people like yourself to help, including one-time activities, cooking events, and student sponsorships in the program. (There is no cost to the students to participate, nor does hautemealz receive any compensation. Sponsorships would be used for ingredients and materials that each student uses throughout the course of the classes.)

There are three ways you can help us change these kid’s lives for the better: Individual Sponsorships

Please consider sponsoring a student (or two…or ten…) for an entire series of six classes. Total cost per student, per class is around $40.00, so full sponsorship in the program would be just $240.00 per student.

Besides the satisfaction of knowing that you’re helping these kids learn life-changing skills, we also want you to know that we’ll be promoting the heck out of each of our sponsors in all of our literature, social media avenues, and live events! Payments will be made to Impact NW specifically for our program. Impact NW is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and will provide receipts for these donations.

Equipment/Ingredient Donations

Most of these students will come to their first class with nothing in the way of cooking gear. If your company has branded cooking hardware (measuring spoons, spatulas, knives, aprons, spices, etc.,) we would love to get it into the kid’s hands. We will also have a lot of quizzes and educational games throughout the course, and if you have small cooking-related items that we can add to the prize box, that will be an ongoing need, as well.

One Time Gifts

Every dollar helps, and is greatly appreciated. If you would like to make a donation to our Independent Cooking Program, payments can be made to Impact NW specifically for our program. Impact NW is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and can provide receipts for these donations.

Thank you very much for your consideration and generosity. We look forward to partnering with you to inspire our next generation toward a healthier, happier, more independent life!

SimplySmartDinnerPlans.com

Perhaps the simplest way to contribute to our outreach programs, on an ongoing basis, is to subscribe to our SimplySmartDinnerPlans service.

Our dinner plans are all about helping busy families get back to the dinner table and share delicious, nutritious meals together, by helping you with the research, planning, and list-making that takes so much time…time that most of us just don’t have.

We create and personally test “real food” recipes for every night of the month, provide an easy-to-follow itemized grocery list for every week of the month, and offer constant support and training through our weekly newsletter, interactive blog, and social media sites…all for just $10.00 a month.

A large portion of this subscription income goes directly towards supporting our outreach programs.

So, you get great recipes for delicious meals, while helping kids learn to cook the same for themselves…that’s what we call a Win-Win!

If you have any questions, please comment below, or contact us at hautemealz@gmail.com

Thank you all!

Chefs Perry, Terry, & Chris SimplySmartDinnerPlans.com

12/22/13

Another amazing year of feeding kids at the Impact NW/KOIN6 Holiday Store!

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This is the second year that the chefs at hautemealz.com have been privileged to prepare meals for the children and families coming in to the Impact NW Holiday Store.

3The Holiday Magic Store embodies the mission of Impact NW providing an opportunity for families to shop for free from a store filled with brand new items for their children, their household and themselves. Families that have shopped through the store have shared that this form of empowerment has had an immeasurable impact on their life – providing them with a sense of dignity and comfort in knowing that people within their own community truly care about them.

“Thank you, hautemealz.com, for serving three delicious meals to the shoppers and volunteers at our Impact NW Holiday Store! Your generosity and kindness never cease to amaze us!” – Mari Tamiyasu, Impact NW

A BIG thank you to our weekly meal plan subscribers, as a large portion of your subscription fees go to supporting and cooking for these types of outreach programs and events!

View the full slideshow here, on our Facebook page!

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Chefs Perry, Terry, & Chris

11/8/13

No Kid Hungry

no-kid-hungryAt hautemealz.com we sponsor several charities and non-profits through our outreach program, including The Amy Roloff Charity Foundation, The Father’s Heart Street Ministry, Sparks of Hope, Impact NW, and the national No Kid Hungry campaign.

Our involvement includes financial contributions, volunteering our time and resources, auctioning off our private chef services at fundraisers, and preparing and serving meals for fundraising and outreach events.

No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals through its Cooking Matters program.

This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, public officials, nonprofits, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities.

If you’re subscribed to a hautemealz.com menu plan, you’re a part of this outreach, and on behalf of ourselves, and those we support…thank you!

Chef Perry

07/25/13

How we give back: The Amy Roloff Charity Foundation

Little People Big WorldYou probably know Amy Roloff, and her family, from their hit reality-television show, Little People, Big World, on TLC.

Our friend Amy is proof that amazing things can come is small packages…as well as being the leading lady of her own television series, she’s a business professional, wife, mother, speaker, and author.

BTW – “Little People, Big World” just finished it’s eighth season and is currently working on specials, making the show the longest running family reality TV show in history.

But, that’s not ALL Amy does…

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“The Amy Roloff Charity Foundation (ARCF) will advocate, inspire and add value to the lives of youth who face personal life challenges.” – ARFC’s Mission Statement

Amy founded the non-profit Amy Roloff Charity Foundation (ARCF) in 2009 and has developed a successful grassroots organization that advocates, supports, inspires and changes the lives of kids facing life challenges.

HT_2010-06_Roloffs1In the first four years, ARCF has raised over $750,000 in donations. Her goals for ARCF’s is to surpass the one-million in giving and donations above and beyond and to be one of the leading non-profits that advocate and impact kids lives in the years to come. Amy and the ARCF team believe and know they are making a difference in the lives of kids one at a time.

A little help for a BIG World leads to little steps for a BIG Change in lives.

The ARFC supports some fantastic organizations, including Bridge Meadows, Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, the Children’s Cancer Association, Generosity Water, Friends of the Orphans, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Special Olympics Oregon, and many many more.

“You do so much for many. Thank you, Chefs…you are an inspiration!” – Amy J. Roloff

We met Amy when she M.C.’d at the first charity auction for Sparks of Hope, another child-advocacy program that is near and dear to our hearts, and we were fortunate enough to strike up a conversation with her.

pulled_pork_sliderWhen we all realized the similarities of our missions and outreaches, Amy invited us to participate in several upcoming charity events, including the 2012 Portland Street of Dreams, and the 2012 ARFC “Starry Night” Dinner and Auction Gala, where we donated all of the ingredients to cook and serve our pulled-pork sliders to guests .

Hautemealz was included in the auction as well, raising $2,800 to cater dinner parties  for two winners.

photoaLater in the year, we had the honor of joining Amy, once again, at Portland’s Metro Holiday Toy Drive, feeding the families who were coming in to pick up gift boxes.

Join Us!

“We are continuing to be a little help for a BIG world,” says Amy, “in taking little steps for a BIG Change in impacting kids lives.”

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This year’s event, the 5th Annual ARCF Dinner and Auction Gala will be held on September 14th,  at Portland’s Leftbank Annex, and we will once again be on the auction block!

If you’re interested in joining us, we’d love to see you there! Be sure to reserve a seat (or host a table) at the online reservation page, and help make a BIG change!

“Your support will help us raise awareness for the communities and organizations we support. Help us make this event a success for kids again for the 5th year in a row!” – Amy

Last but not least, we want to extend a BIG “thank you” to all of our meal-plan subscribers…

photo4 (800x592) - CopyEvery month that you’re subscribed to one of our meal plans, you help support, through the Hautemealz Outreach Program,  life-giving organizations like the Amy Roloff Charity Foundation, The Father’s Heart Street Ministry, and the No Kid Hungry project…thank you!

We have BIG outreach plans for the coming year, and we couldn’t do it without you…you rock!

Chef Perry
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02/13/13

Ham & Turkey Cassoulet

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hautemealz.com is more than just a business for us, it’s a means of helping and supporting our community and those who need us most, by doing what we love…feeding hungry folks. In fact, a significant portion of our subscription income sponsors and supports charities and non-profits that share this goal.

Today we had the opportunity to cook, once again, for some of our favorite people, the staff and visitors at The Father’s Heart Street Ministry, in Oregon City. On the menu today was Ham & Turkey Cassoulet (because, well…we had a ham and a turkey, lol).

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