CAFE 180

Project Angel Heart Collaborates with Café 180 for Chefs 180 Fundraiser

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More than fifty people gathered at Café 180 on Friday, July 24, 2015 to savor specialties served by Chef Jon Emanuel, head chef of Project Angel Heart, a Denver area nonprofit dedicated to delivering free, nutritious meals to those suffering from life-threatening illnesses.  The crowd came for Chefs 180, the chief fundraiser supporting the work of Café 180. Three times each year, premier chefs from around the city of Denver come to Café 180’s Englewood kitchen to prepare appetizer-sized portions of their top dishes, sharing their culinary expertise and philosophy with the lucky attendees. “Chefs 180 offers a unique opportunity to personally interact with some of the best chefs in the Denver area and experience the powerful community of Café 180,” explained Café 180’s executive director Sarah Lesyinski.  “We welcome the chance to open our kitchen to some of Denver’s top culinary talent and introduce people to not only what we do, but the heart of why we do it.” Chefs 180 drew café regulars and newcomers alike to eat, drink and learn more about the work of Café 180.  The support raised through ticket sales directly benefits the many initiatives Café 180 provides to restore dignity to those who are struggling. In addition to offering healthy, delicious lunches to all at the Englewood location regardless of their ability to pay, customers can now choose to volunteer their time at Café 180 in exchange for counseling and soon, volunteer to receive vouchers for temporary hotel stays.  “I had heard amazing things about this place and I’m really impressed by how Café 180 is not just satisfying people’s physical needs with food, but also helping to meet their emotional and other needs by connecting them to counseling and housing in exchange for volunteering,” said Chefs 180 attendee Megan Fisher.  “Being able to meet clients of Café 180 and see firsthand the impact this organization has on the community is incredible.” Chef Emanuel crafted a mouthwatering menu of heavy hors d’oeuvres, including pit-smoked lamb shoulder, pork kielbasa with wild huckleberry compote, sweet masa cake with roasted chile and tempura avocado and peach and grilled stuffed squid with wild mushroom, couscous and lemon.  An open bar served seasonal beer and wine and Café 180’s signature apple walnut salad created the perfect complement to the savory appetizers. Legendary chocolate chip cookies from Project Angel Heart’s sous chef Summer topped off the tasty meal.  Chef Emanuel highlighted the collaboration between two Denver organizations committed to nourishing those in need: “We’re happy to help out another non-profit. Café 180 does amazing work.