The Rapidian

Downtown Market's "Cook For A Cause" program benefits community non-profits

Beginning this month, the Grand Rapids Downtown Market’s new “Cook for a Cause” program offers a culinary philanthropic opportunity to take a class, make a meal and lend a hand.
Guests in a class learn about the techniques and history of the dish they are preparing

Guests in a class learn about the techniques and history of the dish they are preparing /Grand Rapids Downtown Market

Underwriting support from:
Adding local cider to the pot

Adding local cider to the pot /Grand Rapids Downtown Market

Class participants listening and learning

Class participants listening and learning /Grand Rapids Downtown Market

Beginning this month, the Grand Rapids Downtown Market’s new “Cook for a Cause” program offers a culinary philanthropic opportunity to take a class, make a meal and lend a hand.

Private and corporate event groups can work directly with chefs in the Downtown Market Teaching Kitchen to create a healthy and delicious “one-pan” dinner, which will then be assembled and delivered directly to those in need throughout the community via a non-profit Market partner of the group’s choice. Non-profit groups include Degage Ministries, HQ, Grand Rapids African American Health Institute, Family Promise and YWCA West Central Michigan Sojourner House.

“Our established community partnerships and teaching kitchen facilities give us a unique opportunity to host these interactive cooking experiences that also help feed our community,“ said Mimi Fritz, president and CEO of the Downtown Market. “The Market is working to create a healthier community, and we hope others will join us in our mission to help nourish those who are facing challenges.”

While the group prepares a meal for the non-profit of their choice, the chef prepares the same dish for them. Focused on healthy and hearty food, “Cook for a Cause” menus include Moroccan chicken with chickpeas, pasta bakes, enchiladas and stir fry vegetables. When the group is finished cooking, they can take a break to enjoy the meal prepared for them by the chef. Recipe cards are included along with the donated meals so the group as well as partner families and recipients can replicate the dish again themselves.

Find more information on the program, visit the Downtown Market's "Cook for a Cause" page.

The Rapidian, a program of the 501(c)3 nonprofit Community Media Center, relies on the community’s support to help cover the cost of training reporters and publishing content.

We need your help.

If each of our readers and content creators who values this community platform help support its creation and maintenance, The Rapidian can continue to educate and facilitate a conversation around issues for years to come.

Please support The Rapidian and make a contribution today.

Comments, like all content, are held to The Rapidian standards of civility and open identity as outlined in our Terms of Use and Values Statement. We reserve the right to remove any content that does not hold to these standards.

Browse