Chefs Table Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is dedicated to support homeless U.S. Veterans and homeless young adults with a culinary arts education. The education will take place at The Salvation Army Kroc Corps Community Center based in Boston. Our hope is that this education will promote self-sufficiency, empowering our candidates to achieve their full potential and re-enter the workforce.
To fulfill its mission, the Foundation produces an educational TV cooking show called The Chefs’ Table Series®, using PBS guidelines on public access stations in Massachusetts. The purpose of the cooking show is to be educational, social and engaging; the show features cooking instruction, coffee tips, farm to table tips and chef’s tips, wine and beer pairings and restaurant reviews.
Chefs Table Foundation realized with the current distribution of The Chefs’ Table Series®, reaching over 3.2 million people, 52 weeks a year, it was a natural forum to bring greater awareness to these two homeless segments of our population. The evolution of our mission is a critical and strategic direction for the Chefs Table Foundation to follow with the cooking show becoming the vehicle to raise funds to fulfill our Mission. Utilizing broadcast, video media, social media and print media is bringing a greater awareness to the mission of the Chefs Table Foundation, helping people in need.
The vision of Chefs Table Foundation is to support two candidates with a culinary education. A strategic plan has been developed in order to place a fundamental structure to the organization’s mission. The current focus is to create a strong awareness of the Foundation’s mission and solicit financial support from the general public, event-fundraising activities, corporate donations and supporters of the TV cooking show and philanthropic grants.
A pioneering strategy that relates to developing strong relationships with supporters of Chefs Table Foundation is an on-going process. The founders and volunteer staff are unified with passion to follow the mission statement “service above self.”
The Founders and the Board of Directors of the Chefs Table Foundation have agreed to offer a culinary school education, as it relates directly to the instructional television cooking show The Chefs’ Table Series®, to homeless U.S. Veterans and homeless young adults.
Chris Lang is a founder and partner in the firm of Pathway Law. He focuses his efforts on representing businesses and non-profits, including many start-ups. He advises business and nonprofit leaders in the areas of corporate formation, corporate governance, contracts and licenses, leases, purchase and sale agreements, financing, intellectual property, employment issues, dispute resolution, and succession planning. Chris also handles estate planning for individual clients, drafting wills and trusts, powers of attorney, and health care proxies.
Chris currently served on the Board of Directors of Roslindale Village Main Street, Inc. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Boston University School of Law. He has been practicing law since 1994 and is licensed to practice in Massachusetts. When not practicing law, Chris is an avid amateur photographer who frequently displays his work in local shows. He also enjoys spending time with his two daughters, his wife, Gayle, and Bobby, the world’s smartest terrier.
Chris Kelly has been very active in volunteerism for Chef Table Foundation over the years. Over the last 12 years Chris has worked at the Staples Corporate offices as a Program Manager and although he has a active work schedule he also finds time to help the Foundation every year. In his down time, he spends time with his wife Maggie and enjoys watching his two boys (Aidan & Quinn) play sports.
Janice Williams’ background includes both corporate and nonprofit positions in marketing, community outreach and program management. Her current position is Membership and Development Manager at Boston Neighborhood Network Television. Recent positions include, Executive Director of Roslindale Village Main Street and Manager of Agewell West Roxbury at Ethos.
Williams, along with her husband Glenn have been very active in community volunteerism. They established and manage the Roslindale Arts Alliance and have produced a live weekly cable television program called “It’s All About Arts” promoting local artists for 16 years. They were the originators in 2004 of the first Roslindale Open Studios, now in its 11th year. Williams is an exhibiting artist working in mixed media.
John Grasso is the owner/operator of the Halfway Café, a casual bar/restaurant group in the Greater Boston area. John began his hospitality career while in high-school and worked his way through college first as a line cook then evolving into a bartender. After earning a B.A. in Education from Suffolk University, he taught in the Boston Public Schools for three years. Eventually the restaurant/bar bug caught up with him and he went into the business full time in 1977. His journey has taken him from the early days of Quincy Market, to the Hampshire House (pre- Cheers he taught Ted Danson the moves of how to be a bartender), to his first establishment in the City of Sin…Lynn, Massachusetts. After he moved on from Lynn, John and David Steen purchased the original Halfway Café in Dedham in 1990 and from there it was game on. Twenty-five years and six locations later, here we are. In those twenty-five years, John believes that much has changed in the hospitality industry. Big hair aside, it is important to look at how we communicate. One thing, however, has remained constant…the human element. In today’s age of social media and the like, without the human element, we might as well solicit a vending machine!
Chefs Table Foundation was created in 2013 by co-founders Carol O’Connor and Joe Murphy as a Boston-based non-profit. The goal was initially to produce a high-quality instructional TV cooking show on public access television, dedicating its energy to encouraging the home cook to reinstate the family meal.
Joe Murphy is the co-Founder of the Chefs Table Foundation. Joe attended Boston College, the Metropolitan College of Culinary Arts of Boston University, and the French Culinary Institute in Soho, Manhattan, New York. His career path positioned him to develop strong skills in sales management, product development, creative process and critical thinking. Joe’s work experience has placed him in a position to bring a diversified bundle of knowledge to the Chefs Table Foundation. He has owned several start up businesses as well as succeeding in key corporate management positions. The skill sets he developed during his work life involved creating logos for branded products, sales management, marketing plans and budget development. Joe is the co-host and trained chef of The Chefs’ Table Series TV Show. He assists the chefs during the “how-to” cooking segment of the show. His culinary knowledge and passion inspired him to partner with Carol O’Connor in this instructional, social and engaging show.
Carol A. O’Connor is the co-Founder of the Chefs Table Foundation. Carol earned her Bachelor’s degree in History and her Masters in Education, both from Boston College. Carol co-hosts the instructional and social cooking TV show The Chefs’ Table Series® which is currently aired in over 80 towns/cities in Massachusetts. In the last couple of years, Carol planned and managed a number of fundraisers: Taste of Legacy Place Under the Stars for The Italian Home for Children in 2012, Taste Dedham in 2011 to the present for The Dedham Rotary Club. She planned the following fundraisers for the Foundation: Midsummer Night’s Fashion & Culinary in July 2015 and July 2016; Oktober Fall Festival in October 2014 and 2015; Fashionista & Foodie Fair in April 2016. Country Hoedown Fest in September 2016. Carol also founded COPilates, a core optimal personal training company. She is a certified Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, Pilates & Barre Instructor – teaching fitness classes in the greater Boston area, and training people. Carol enjoys food, fashion and fitness.