At Taste of Home, getting into the holiday spirit begins in the kitchen and continues in the community with acts of kindness.
Last year, Taste of Home declared the second week in November National Cooks Who Care Week — to celebrate the generosity of those who are giving back through food-related efforts.
The purpose of Cooks Who Care is to use one's passion for food and cooking to benefit those in need. There's no limit to the possibilities!
How Taste of Home is Participating
Here's how we are celebrating national Cooks Who Care Week. We hope you'll get involved in your community, too. (Cooks Who Care Event Planner)
Kick-Off: Editor-in-Chief Catherine Cassidy kicks off Cooks Who Care Week at the 92YTribeca in New York City with a lecture, cooking demonstration and food drive.
Bake Sale: Employees will host a company bake sale with the profits going to Milwaukee's Children's Hospital.
Food Drive: All month long, RDA Milwaukee along with Greendale businesses will be collecting items for Milwaukee's Hunger Task Force.
Meal Programs: Employees from RDA Milwaukee will be volunteering to serve breakfast and dinner at a variety of local meal programs including St. James' Episcopal Church (The Gathering), The Cathedral Center and the Salvation Army Waukesha.
Thanksgiving Dessert Raffle: On Wednesday (Nov. 11), bring a non-perishable item to the Taste of Home Outlet Store in downtown Greendale. For each item of food donated, customers will receive an entry into our Thanksgiving Dessert Raffle. Two winners will be able to choose one of six holiday desserts made by the Taste of Home Test Kitchen. For donations of three or more items, customers will receive a free cookbook. Limit one per day.
Kathy's House: Healthy Cooking Food Editor Peggy Woodward and Food Director Diane Werner will be delivering homemade cookies to Kathy's House of Milwaukee.
Boys & Girls Club Cooking Class: As part of the Eat Smart program, Healthy Cooking Food Editor Peggy Woodward and Food Director Diane Werner will teach a cooking class at the Mary Ryan Center for 150 members of the Boys & Girls Club. The class will concentrate on cooking with fresh veggies & meat.
Kitchen Drive: Taste of Home employees will host a community-wide kitchen drive to completely outfit 24 apartment kitchens at United Methodist Children's Services in Milwaukee, Wisconsin — with everything from pans and utensils to food. The new apartments will provide housing to families that are trying to get back on their feet. The public will have the opportunity to donate their new or "like new" items at the Taste of Home Outlet Store in downtown Greendale, Wisconsin during Cooks Who Care Week, November 9-15, 2009.
Several companies have already generously donated their products to the kitchen drive including the following:
- 24 Circulon Contempo collection 10-piece cookware sets
- 24 Hamilton Beach slow cookers
- 24 8-piece dinnerware sets of Corelle Rivage dinnerware
- 24 sets of Pyrex glass and metal bake ware, new tools and gadgets and glass prep ware
- 50 Chicago Cutlery knives
- 24 Corning baking dishes
- 24 Taste of Home Cooks Who Care Cookbooks plus additional cookbooks
- King Arthur Flour
- Rishi Tea
- Stone Creek Coffee Roasters