The Recovery Kitchen has to feed 300 families now!

April 22, 2020 | IMBY.com

Between the coronavirus shutdown and the drastic rise in unemployment, hundreds of families in Columbia County are in need of food now. With only a few soup kitchens providing cooked meals to the local population, help for the hungry is desperately needed.

With this in mind, Carole Clark, former chef/proprietor of Charleston Restaurant in Hudson New York, started the Columbia County Recovery Kitchen. She sought help from professional cooks whose restaurants had temporarily closed and other volunteers interested in helping out. The response was overwhelming.

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Chefs cook in pop-up soup kitchen

May 10, 2020 | The Columbia Paper

With the closure of some restaurants in the city during the coronavirus, Swoon’s chef Jamie Parry and le Perche’s John Carr were temporarily out of work.

Mr. Parry was trained at Montrachet and Tribeca Grill in New York and Mr. Carr had a career at Sfogia and with Eli Zabar in the city before they came north.

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Ralph Gardner Jr discusses CCRK on WAMC

May 9, 2020 | WAMC

Carr (left) and Perry (right) take time out to smile for the camera.
Parry (left) and Carr (right) take time out to smile for the camera.

One of the most compelling but I suspect overlooked reasons that people enter the cooking profession and the restaurant world is because they’re drawn to doing things for other people; to give their guests an experience that might bring a little joy to their lives.

Obviously, those opportunities have diminished just when we need them most, with people shuttered at home. But they haven’t vanished completely. At least for two of Hudson, NY’s top chefs – Jaime Parry of Swoon and Jon Carr of Le Perche.

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