Common Threads Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary with Chef Takeover Event in Washington D.C.

By Common Threads | Jan 22, 2020

The non-profit continues to celebrate its 15-year anniversary with its favorite notable Washington D.C chefs as part of their Chef Takeover series

WASHINGTON D.C. | January 21, 2020 – Common Threads, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting health and wellness to children, families and communities through cooking and nutrition education, continues to celebrate its 15th Anniversary in Washington D.C. on February 5. The second Chef Takeover event will be a one-night-only ticketed evening in the nation’s capitol and inaugural event of the new Sazerac House (507 C St. NE Washington DC 20002) from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Each event in the Chef Takeover series features a group of renowned chefs collaborating to create a locally-focused cuisine. The Washington D.C. event will be a dine-around reception featuring chefs Chef Rock Harper (RockSolid Creative Food Group), Chef Kevin Tien (Emilie’s), Chef Huda Mu’min (Chef Huda’s Kitchen), Chef Pedro Lopez (Pisco y Nazca), Chef Mario Raymond (Washington Court Hotel) and Chef Dawn Alston (Ravy Cakes).

“We are delighted to celebrate our 15th anniversary through our Chef Takeover event series,” said Linda Novick O’Keefe, Common Threads’ co-founder and chief executive officer. “These events are a great way to reconnect with the community leaders, chefs and educators who have helped us accomplish our mission of promoting health and wellness, while also meeting new friends who will support our future work.”

Common Threads’ 15th Anniversary Chef Takeover Series began in late 2019 in Austin, and continues to Chicago on March 16, 2020 and Los Angeles on April 2, 2020. All funds raised will benefit Common Threads’ cooking and nutrition education programs and will help the organization deepen its impact within each local market. For additional information and to purchase tickets, please visit General admission tickets for the Washington D.C. event cost $100 per person.

As part of the event, guests will have a chance to participate in PepsiCo’s #BackpacksForGood campaign, which focuses on stuffing backpacks with nutritious, shelf-stable food that will be provided to kids in need at local Washington D.C. PepsiCo partner, DC Central Kitchen.

Sponsors for the Washington DC Common Threads Chef Takeover event include PepsiCo, Epstein Becker Green, The Russell Group, Sazerac, Giant Food, Nestle Waters North America, Terlato Wines, Lagunitas Brewing Company, the Walmart Foundation, Quaker, Whole Kids Foundation, Capitol Hill Community Foundation, ext.54 and McGuffin.

Common Threads is a national nonprofit that provides children and families cooking and nutrition education to encourage healthy habits that contribute to wellness. We equip under-resourced communities with information to make affordable, nutritious and appealing food choices wherever they live, work, learn and play. We know that food is rooted in culture and tradition, so we promote diversity in our lessons and recipes, encouraging our participants to celebrate the world around them.

Common Threads was founded in 2003 and is currently operates in 12 major cities including Austin, Texas; Chicago; Dallas-Ft. Worth; El Paso, Texas; Erie, Pa.; Houston; Los Angeles; Miami; New York City; Pittsburgh, Pa.; San Antonio, and Washington D.C. During the 2018-2019 school year and summer, it provided hands-on cooking skills to more than 105,000 students, parents and teachers; worked with over 900 schools and partner sites; and served nearly 750,000 healthy meals and snacks. In total, the organization provided more than 1.1 million hours of cooking & nutrition education.

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