Celebrity Waiters Luncheon & Auction

Celebrity Waiters Luncheon

We are pleased to announce that the Millionair Club Charity has been selected to be the beneficiary of the Celebrity Waiters Luncheon on Friday, May 10, 2013. The Celebrity Waiters Luncheon has raised funds for 28 years to support local non-profit organizations. We are delighted to be chosen as this year’s non-profit partner for this esteemed community event.

Thank you to the waiters who have committed to making this event a success to help us provide more employment and housing opportunities to men and women in the greater Seattle area:

Co-Chairs – Sam Baker / Beth Nagy
Co-Chairs – Gary McLean / Marie Durflinger
Peter Baker/ Peter Schmidt / Tony Kusak
Dennis Clark / Bob Masin
Julia de Haan / Leah Ferris / Karissa Marker
Eric Dunham
Marco Farmer
Becky Ferrell
Jim Ferguson
Mauro Golmarvi
Bob & Christy Hentges
Dave Hill / Cindy O’ Sullivan
Kathy Hlebica / John Hlebica
Heidi Horwitz / Larry Longfelder
Cynthia Johnson
Gene Juarez
Kevin Klock / Nina Morrison
Stephanie Kornblum
Kylee Krida
David LeClaire
Greg & Stacy Lill
Chad & Jennifer Mackay
James Miller
Nancy Pellegrino / Michael Hatch
Christian Shevchenko
Jeff Smyth

This event is by invitation only through the Celebrity Waiters Luncheon, an independent community organization. For more information about attending, sponsoring or providing an auction item for this event, please contact Greg Whitney, Senior Director of Development/Business Relations, at 206-957-3853 or gregw@millionairclub.org.

Anyone interested in volunteering at the event can contact Rachel Carter Colombo at rachelc@millionairclub.org. Click here to see a list of volunteer roles and duties.

Millionair Club Charity Worker Creates Art from Food

The Edible Chef

Many kinds of people come through the Millionair Club Charity’s Employment Program. Some, like Kenn Hagele, are entrepreneurs looking for financial stability as they seek to start or grow their small businesses.

Nearly a decade ago Kenn started The Edible Chef, a food company that uses foods like watermelons, yams, apples, sweet potatoes, radishes and carrots to create artistic sculptures of animals, cartoon  characters, buildings and other real life objects. He has also found jobs in yard work, moving, landscaping and general labor through the Millionair Club Charity as a way to supplement his income.

“When I have days off, I come to the Millionair Club to get some extra cash in my pocket,” Kenn says.

Thanks to supporters like you who make the Millionair Club Charity programs possible, Kenn can make a living and continue to pursue his dreams of creating edible art for business functions, private parties, weddings, anniversary celebrations, fundraising events and anyone who enjoys seeing birds, tigers, penguins, whales, log cabins, houses or Disney characters made out of items found in the fruit and vegetable aisle.

“You can incorporate any wood carving to food. Food is just a softer wood,” Kenn says.

Watermelon carving

When the average shopper goes to the supermarket and sees a misshapen potato sitting on the produce shelf, they see something they wouldn’t want to eat.

Kenn, on the other hand, sees an artistic opportunity.

Born in Tacoma and raised in a small town in Minnesota, Kenn graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and worked at a restaurant in New York City. He became interested in food art when his employer hired a catering company from Japan to create artistic displays for an oyster bar.

“I talked to this guy [from the Japanese company] and he carved an apple into a rose while I was talking to him. I was fascinated by it. It was a whole new level of cooking,” Kenn recalls.

Afterward, Kenn worked for a chapter of The Boys and Girls Club near his hometown teaching culinary skills to kids and eventually moved to Seattle to pursue other opportunities.

When Kenn briefly worked for FareStart, a local Seattle nonprofit that provides meals to low-income adults and families, he was encouraged to start his own food art business by a co-worker.

“Everything I do, you can eat. That’s what I always tell people,” Kenn says.

Kenn considers himself to be both a chef and an artist. He hopes his artistic talents and passion for cooking will take him far.

“I like cooking because it’s like playing with a safe chemistry set. I like the colors, smells and tastes,” Kenn says.

To see more examples of Kenn’s work, visit EdibleChef.weebly.com.