CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck was back in Charlotte supporting Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina this week. The chef held a fundraiser at his newly-branded WP Kitchen + Bar in Phillips Place.
Chef Puck is passionate about the work of Second Harvest. He has said he relates to the struggle of feeding a family because he grew up poor in Austria, and wants to help local families avoid the hardship his family faced.
Second Harvest Executive Director, Kay Carter, on Chef Puck's visit, "Second Harvest Food Bank appreciates all of the support that Chef Puck has provided for our child hunger programs over the past several years. Starting with our Chef's Best event back in 2011, through the opening and grand re-opening of his Charlotte restaurant and right up to his personal appearance this week. Chef Puck has helped feed hundreds of thousands of hungry children in the Metrolina Region. We are honored to have his support."
Those who gathered at the private affair got a chance to help Second Harvest, while getting a taste of some of the new menu items at WP Kitchen + Bar. I spoke with Pricilla Perry of Perry's Fine Jewelry, a company which is a huge supporter of Second Harvest. Pricilla was raving about the food.
"This is such a lovely way to support one of our favorite charities and the food is delicious," Perry said.
Chef Puck joined executive chef Stephen Schmitt in the kitchen as they previewed some new dinner menu items at the party, including Squash Soup and Maryland Style Crab Cakes.
As we enjoyed so much delicious food the conversation turned to cooler weather, and of course, the holidays.
"For so many in our region, the holidays are not a time of happiness. Instead it's a time where families and seniors struggle to put any food on the table, much less a holiday meal. The support of Chef Puck and WP Kitchen + Bar will help us make the holidays brighter for many children in need in the communities we serve. We appreciate Chef Puck's personal interest in feeding children and are honored to have his support as we work to end hunger in our region."
When I asked Carter what we as regular citizens can do to help in her mission she told me there are three things the Food Bank needs to survive and serve people in nineteen counties. She said they always need food donations, monetary donations, and volunteers.
To learn how you can be a part of making sure our seniors and children at not at risk of hunger, look for opportunities on the Second Harvest website here.