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Cooking Up Kindness

Cooking Class Benefits Food Bank

November 14, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY – Join Chef Ryan Lopez, personal chef for Kevin Durant, as he hosts a three course meal cooking class to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  Learn to make Herb Risotto with Scallops; Parsnip Puree with Lemon Chicken, and Hazelnut Cheesecake. 

The cooking class, which comes with a full three-course dinner, will be held on December 4 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Basic Skills Kitchen at Platt College.  Platt College is located at 2727 W. Memorial Rd.  Tickets are $75 and all donations benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. To purchase tickets visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405.604.7109.

Chef Lopez began his career training under (CEC), CCA Chef Shawn Loving at Schoolcraft College’s Culinary Arts Program in Livonia Michigan.  Chef Ryan’s career started at Beacon Hills Golf Club as the Sous Chef. He started as a prep cook and work his way up under the training of Executive Chef Jon Dean. In 2011, Chef Ryan went to Iron Chef Michael Symons Restaurant Roast in Downtown Detroit. A year later, he moved to Prime 29, a Modern fine Dining Steak House.  Now, he is a personal Chef for Oklahoma City Thunder player Kevin Durant.

The Regional Food Bank provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 people each week in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties, yet it is not enough.  During the winter months, 40 percent of the Regional Food Bank’s clients have to choose between buying food and paying their electric bill.

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is a private, 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that acts as a link through which the food industry and community may donate food and other goods. The products are then distributed to nearly 1,000 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In fiscal year 2012, the Food Bank distributed 42.2 million pounds of food and product to help the charitable community effectively feed people in need. Since its inception in 1980, the Food Bank has distributed more than 460 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.

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