Businesses and influencers in Staffordshire are being invited to a unique event to launch a vision of community kindness using fine dining to share skills and beat poverty.
It’s the brainchild of Stoke-based chef Cris Cohen, who along with his team, use fine dining experiences to help young people, who might be struggling with numerous challenges, gain the skills and confidence they need to work in the fast-moving world of hospitality. The event’s called Opposites Attract, and it takes place at the North Staffordshire Medical Institute, Hartshill on April 25 2023, from 7pm. It is sponsored by business big-hitters KMF and The Hubb Foundation and tickets are available at https://www.feasted.co.uk/shop/p/opposites-attract
Champagne and canapés will welcome guests who will then hear about a powerful new vision: how fine dining and poverty can be inextricably linked to make a difference and help those people who need it most. Organisers also offer a few surprises during the evening.
Cris said: “They say opposites attract… and in my world gastronomy and food poverty sit quite comfortably together. There is no need for them to be polarised and in fact the need is for them to sit side by side.
“Cooking and especially fine dining can be a wasteful process. The future for chefs does not lie purely in the kitchen, especially for those with ambition to create rapid change in our community. At this event we and some serious, like-minded partners will share our vision. We’ll show how this formula is working here in our city of kindness. We’ll show kindness can be scaled to reduce poverty’s influence.
“And we’ll feed all our guests with some tasty, and inspirational, dishes… all made, with love, in Stoke-on-Trent.”