“We consider love an ingredient. When we prepare our meals, we are fully aware of who we are cooking for and why we are doing it.” – Chef Jon Emanuel
Project Angel Heart “delivers nutritious meals to improve quality of life, at no cost, for those coping with life-threatening illness.” On top of that, they pursue ambitious sustainability and local purchasing goals.
Project Angel Heart started in 1991 supporting a dozen AIDS sufferers with donated lasagna. They have since expanded to serve all life threatening illnesses and today, serve 1,100 people with weekly food deliveries, at no cost, in their time of need. That’s six chefs and countless volunteers making and delivering 5,500 restaurant-quality meals per week, customized to the unique dietary needs of each client. At the same time, they sourced 30% of their food locally and diverted over 50 tons of waste from landfills through composting and recycling in 2014. That’s impressive scale and complexity and Project Angel Heart plans to nearly triple in size over the next ten years.
– IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN –
- What cooking in Antarctica teaches you about sustainability…and eating what you’re served
- Why the 8,000 volunteers are what Jon loves most about his job
- Why composting is his favorite sustainability initiative
- What “Responsible Food” means and why minimizing waste is one of the biggest pieces
- How they balance food cost with their sustainability goals
- Why buying local food supports not only high quality food but stronger communities
- How they plan to triple in size without losing their sustainability mission
- How individual and community organic gardens are their best source of organic produce
– LINKS & RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE –
- Project Angel Heart
- Racines Restaurant (first food donor in 1991)
- Denver Food Rescue
- Denver Certified Green Businesses “Certifiably Green Denver”
- American Grassfed Association
- Rosedale Community Garden (part of Denver Urban Gardens)
- Delaney Farms CSA (part of Denver Urban Gardens)
- Dining Out for Life (spring fundraiser)
- A Taste for Life (fall fundraiser)
- Pie in the Sky (winter fundraiser)
- Bread & Butter Club (monthly gift program)
- Ryan White Foundation
- Chef Jon’s personal blog, Don’t Tell Chef
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