The Doe Fund held a quarterly breakfast at Harlem facility last week to recognize several staff members that have made a major impact within our organization. Two of our staff members were highlighted at this event: William Crafton from Harlem facility and Peter Bessent from Porter facility. We’re proud to say that our kitchen staff are being recognized for their hard work!
For the past year, William Crafton has impressed every single staff member, volunteer, and donor that has had the opportunity to sample the dishes he creates at the Harlem Center for Opportunity. Everyone who has seen William work – or speak about the food he prepares – can see that he takes immense pleasure and pride in every step of the process. He thoughtfully builds a menu to perfection for each donor tour or volunteer sessions and executes these meals as if serving them in a trendy New York City restaurant. William doesn’t stop with the actual food, however. He transforms the library in Harlem with creative place settings and centerpieces! William’s nominators proudly remarked that his enthusiasm for food is matched only by his enthusiasm for The Doe Fund. A former trainee himself, he is aware of the needs of the men we serve. William loves to instruct trainees in the Culinary Arts Program, watching them grown and learn. He teaches them not only his skills, but his kindness. Congratulations William!
Peter Bessent joined the Food Services team at the Peter Jay Sharp Center for Opportunity in 2011, and since then, he has made a positive impact on the department every day! Recently, Pete has expanded his baking talents to The Doe Fund’s stand at a Farmer’s Market. Pete’s nominators pointed out that they weren’t just nominating him for his baking skills, however. What sets Pete apart is how he strives to constantly improve not only his baking skills, but his training skills. Pete has an uncanny ability to make every trainee that follows him succeed in the baking field. His passion for baking rubs off – time after time, trainees state that Pete’s passion for what he does has contributed to their own success. Recent graduates that Pete had taken under his wing have now found employment at New York City culinary staples like Zabars, Juniors, and ‘Wichcraft! Congratulations Pete!