Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate with friends and loved ones, flowers, handwritten notes, and an extravagant meal. At the Springs Rescue Mission, it was no different!
Located in Colorado Springs, the Springs Rescue Mission provides a space to transform and fill lives with hope, while fighting homelessness, poverty, and addiction. Their mission is to mobilize our community through relief, rehabilitation, and empowerment services. FoodMaven has been a longtime supporter and partner of the Springs Rescue Mission, using food for social change.
This past Valentine’s Day, we wanted to show our love to those food insecure in our community with a special, fine dining experience at the Springs Rescue Mission! FoodMaven chef advisor and celebrity chef, Brother Luck, of IV by Brother Luck, was inspired by the opportunity and curated a delicious menu for us.
When hard times fell on Brother as a teenager, he turned to cooking classes and became passionate about food and service. His college education allowed him to cook around the world before landing in Colorado Springs with his first restaurant. He has been featured on several television cooking competitions and awarded as one of Colorado’s most influential chefs.
Using oversupply ingredients that FoodMaven donated, Chef Brother Luck designed an incredible menu with food that would have otherwise been wasted. Oversupplied food is grown, produced, prepped but never eaten. Chef Tyler and his team at the Springs Rescue Mission prepped and cooked Brother’s menu of slow braised beef short ribs with polenta and haricot vert.
FoodMaven employees and volunteers spent their Valentine’s Day night serving and spending time with our community, feeding almost 140. Chef Thomas, part of the Springs Rescue Mission kitchen team exclaimed that on a normal day to day, their guests rush through meals. However, during that service, the guests sat down and took their time to fully enjoy each bit and socialize with their neighbors.
It’s events like these truly showcase the power a hot plate of food can have! If you want to get involved supporting those food insecure in Colorado? Visit Springs Rescue Mission’s website to learn how you can get volunteer or donate.