Photo: Chefs pause for a group photo before attendees arrive at the Food Network Kitchen for Meat Matters NYC, April 2015. L to R: Bill Telepan (Telepan), Stephen Stryjewski (Cochon, Cochon Butcher, Peche, Board Member), Paul Wetzel (Gramercy Tavern), Howard Kalachnikoff (Gramercy Tavern), Shanna Pacifico, Piper Davis (Grand Central Bakery, Board Member), Rick Bayless (Frontera, Topolobampo, Xoco), Derek Wagner (Nicks on Broadway, Board Member), and Adam Danforth (Butcher, Author, Board Member). Credit: Robert Johnson
What is a Meat Matters event?
Meat Matters events are collaborative, educational fundraisers organized by Member chefs to celebrate – and help create demand for – good, well-raised, and appropriate portions of meat (as well as protein-rich vegetables and grains). The goal of these events is to inspire fellow chefs and the general public to use their individual and collective buying power to ‘Change Menus. Change Lives.’
Meat Matters launched in April 2015 at the Food Network in New York City. The Boulder/Denver Chefs Collaborative Locals group hosted a Meat Matters Denver event in May 2015, and we look forward to working with chefs to host more events in 2015!
Proceeds from Meat Matters events benefit Chefs Collaborative scholarship and education programs to help chefs learn about critical issues in our food system, take action, and leverage their buying power to make an impact in their communities.
Chefs Collaborative is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all gifts are tax deductible.
Who can host a Meat Matters event?
Members of Chefs Collaborative can host Meat Matters events! Meat Matters events are organized in cities across the country, throughout the year. By hosting a Meat Matters event, you’re helping to do your part to educate and inspire people to buy, cook, and serve good, well-raised and appropriate portions of meat (as well as protein-rich vegetables and grains), and help create a better food system. In addition, anyone can participate in a Meat Matters event by attending one!
How to host a Meat Matters event
Review how organizing a Meat Matters event works – both how Chefs Collaborative supports you and how you support the event.
- Plan your event! Review, access, and utilize the Meat Matters event toolkit. The toolkit includes additional information, instructions, marketing materials, and messaging (password protected – for active event hosts).
Past Meat Matters Events
- April 2015 – Meat Matters New York City
- May 2015 – Meat Matters Denver
- November 2015 – Meat Matters Chicago
- December 2015 – Meat Matters Sarasota
- June 2016 – Meat Matters Fort Myers
- November 2016 – Meat Matters Boulder
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