Amos House’s Comfort Event Involves Five Top Providence Chefs

The sold-out, five-course collaborative dinner will take place at Amos House’s dining hall on February 6.

Left to right: Amos House CEO/Executive Director Eileen Hayes, James Mark and his daughter, Ben Sukle, Melissa Denmark, Champe Speidel and Beau Vestal.

What do five of Providence’s most notable chefs and the Amos House have in common? They are all coming together to cook a meal to support the homeless and hungry. Comfort is a five-course collaborative dinner that will take place at Amos House’s dining hall on February 6. The sold-out event involves James Mark of north and north Bakery, Champe Speidel of Persimmon, Benjamin Sukle of birch and Oberlin, Beau Vestal of New Rivers and Melissa Denmark from Gracie’s and Ellie’s Bakery.

The five chefs will each create a course that will be paired with wine provided by Bottles Fine Wine, and Eastside Marketplace is the sole grocery store sponsor for the evening. All guests will also leave with special parting gifts to commemorate the evening.

Amos House is a leading social service agency in Rhode Island, managing the largest soup kitchen in the state, providing social services to over 15,000 people a year and housing nearly 165 men, women and children a night. More than 500 adults have graduated from its training programs, including the Amos Culinary Education and Amos Carpentry and Maintenance Training programs.

Providence’s top chefs are coming together for this event to help those who need it most. “It is truly at blessing to be a chef where I am witness to so many diners experiencing the pleasure of eating out,” says birch and Oberlin chef and co-owner Ben Sukle, who was nominated for a James Beard Award last year for Best Chef: Northeast. “In turn, I feel it is important to give back to those who are unable to enjoy that luxury and simply struggle to meet their most basic needs.”

James Mark of north is also thrilled to participate. North donates twenty-five cents from each dish sold at the restaurant to the Amos House or the Rhode Island Community Food Bank (depending on the month, north changes it up). “I love the Amos House. They are in my neighborhood. I live in the Armory, only a two-minute drive or seven-minute walk from the Amos House,” Mark says. “Addressing hunger is really important, and honestly, I think it’s really shameful that people go hungry in this country, especially in our community.”

Mark says that if he’s providing a luxury to guests (dining out), then he wants to be able to give back to the less fortunate. “If I am going to be peddling luxuries, I want to at least be giving back in some way to the large subsection of our community that can’t afford to go out to eat; that sometimes can’t afford to even put groceries on their tables.”

Board President of the Amos House, John Farber, designed the Comfort fundraiser, and he hopes the meal will introduce the community to all the good work that is being done at Amos House. “Nothing unifies the people of a community quite like sharing a meal. Comfort promises to be a signature food event in a great food city,” he says. “We are deeply grateful to the chefs for their contribution and are hopeful that everyone will leave the dinner feeling a lasting commitment and connection to the incredible work being done at Amos House.”

While the dinner is sold out, you can still donate to Amos House.

 

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