Chefs Stephen Stryjewski and Ryan Prewitt of the Link Restaurant Group have pledged to raise $15,000 during a three-day bike ride for No Kid Hungry, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding homeless children. The local chefs will join others from across the country for the Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry (www.nokidhungry.org) event in California next month.
"When one in five children in America lives in a family that struggles to consistently put enough food on the table, I can't just sit here and do nothing," Stryjewski said. "We live in a community that knows suffering, but we somehow always come together when there is a need. I cannot think of a greater need than to feed a child."
To meet their fundraising goal, Stryjewski, chef at Cochon and Butcher, and Prewitt, chef at Peche, are teaming up with Central City's Youth Empowerment Project's Trafigura Work & Learn Center, where young people sell new, used and refurbished bikes. Youth at the center designed two bikes with special food themes to raffle off June 25. One bike sports a big fish (inspired by Peche) and the other follows a pork theme in homage to Cochon and Butcher. Raffle tickets are $20 and can be purchased at any Link restaurant.
"Stephen and I really wanted to build excitement with this event, and we knew bringing in the kids from YEP's Work & Learn Center would make it fun," Prewitt said in a statement last week.
Local chefs Kelly Fields and Lisa White of Willa Jean also are participating in the race, joining nearly 200 cooks and other restaurant staff in the cause. The chefs will embark on the three-day ride, which starts in Carmel, California June 27 and ends in Santa Barbara June 29.
To donate or for more information, visit www.chefscycle.org