More than 30 Dallas chefs, including our Chef Nikky Phinyawatana, participated in the recent Dallas Ask Chefs Anything fundraiser, which ran from June 22 to 25, 2020. The event auctioned off a 30-minute, one-on-one meeting on Zoom with each of these chefs. The proceeds will benefit the US food industry’s immigrant workers.
Ask Chefs Anything is a nationwide initiative
The immigrant workers in the US food industry are among the groups hardest hit economically by the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of them don’t have sources of income right now because the restaurants that have employed them have shut down, either temporarily or permanently.
According to a report by CultureMap Dallas, they can’t claim unemployment benefits and didn’t receive federal assistance. Finding another job may not be an option for them because their visa depends on having a single employer. Going back to their home countries may not be viable as well because of travel bans and border closures. And if they’re indeed allowed to come home, they may not be able to return to the US to work.
To help these immigrant workers, New York-based industry leaders Gaeleen Quinn and Anna Polonsky have launched Ask Chefs Anything. Through various partnerships, the project spread to different cities nationwide. In Dallas, Harvest Project Food Rescue is the fundraiser’s charity partner. The money raised from this project will be used to buy groceries and other essentials for the most vulnerable of the industry’s immigrant workers.
Dallas Ask Chefs Anything Dallas exceeded its goals
The Dallas Ask Chefs Anything fundraiser aimed to raise US$8,500 in three days. When the auction ended on June 25, the amount received totaled $8,647, thus exceeding the set goal. All the participating chefs had their Zoom time successfully auctioned off.
How did our Chef Nikky do? She had six bidders vie for her Zoom time; for that, she raised $221 towards the goal. Regardless of the outcome, Chef Nikky is more than happy to have joined this fundraiser. As all y’all Mint Fanatics know, she firmly believes in serving the community by feeding souls, one way or another. It’s one of the core principles of Asian Mint.
Dallas Ask Chefs Anything still accepts donations. If you wish to donate, click here.