Work Options for Women (WOW), an innovative job placement and job training program that helps women move out of poverty and towards self-sufficiency, will host a fundraiser dinner WomenCook! Dining for a Difference event on Monday, May 7, 2012 at Temple Emanuel. More than 500 attendees participated last year and helped raise $107,000 to combat homelessness and poverty through WOW’s program.
The Curtis – a DoubleTree by Hilton and The Corner Office has valued the relationship built with Work Options for Women this year and have been fortunate to hire two students from the program. Lanette Keever, Director of Human Resources for the Curtis states, “The students have been great additions to our culinary team. It was evident that WOW taught them basic kitchen skills to build their confidence in the kitchen as well as their excitement for being employed, learning, and growing in hospitality. We look forward to building future success stories with WOW!”
WomenCook! is an elegant evening of culinary delights prepared by Denver’s most respected and creative chefs representing top-rated restaurants. Presented as a walk-around dinner, guests will enjoy signature dishes while having the opportunity to interact directly with this year’s participating chefs:
• Aniedra Nichols – Elway's Cherry Creek
• Elise Wiggins – Panzano
• Dana Rodriguez - Bistro Vendôme
• Kathleen Kenny – Gateaux
• Lisa Bailey – DBar Desserts
• Sheila Lucero – Jax Fish House
• Sandra Adams – Grand Hyatt Hotel Denver
• Mary Nguyen – of Parallel 17 & Street Kitchen
• Rachel Kelsey – WaterCourse Foods
• Rhonda Banks – Gaetano's
• Yasmin Lozada-Hissom – Duo and Olivéa
• Summer Polson & Ashly Quibodeaux – Project Angel Heart
Participating chef instructors representing WOW include Paul Schutt and Craig Dixon.
Money raised goes directly toward job training, job placement and finding housing for WOW students and graduates. To purchase tickets or to sponsor the event, please visit www.workoptions.org.
About Work Options for Women
Work Options for Women was founded in 1996 with a mission to combat homelessness and poverty by providing unemployed women with the confidence and skills they need to become gainfully and permanently employed in the food service industry. WOW has trained and placed more than 300 women in cooking and food service positions since its inception.