Graduate Success Story: Wesley Morrall

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At sixty-two years young, Wesley M. isn’t slowing down. He gives his all to every task in the kitchen and prides himself on always working at his highest level.

Since becoming Food Service Coordinator ,for the past three years, Wesley has played a key role in preparing three nutritious, carefully-prepared meals each day for men at The Doe Fund’s Bed-Stuy facility. “I love to create food that tastes good.”

Although he has received a broad culinary education at The Doe Fund, Wesley is especially proud of the baking skills he’s gained here—and his delicious cinnamon raisin danishes speak for themselves!

Yet the culinary arts program has offered Wesley much more than cooking skills; it has offered him the chance to reconnect with family. “Since I came to The Doe Fund I have been able to have a positive relationship with my kids and grandkids.”

Click link for the recipe below to make Wesley’s famous danishes at home!

https://dishesbydoe.com/2014/09/15/recipe-alert-cinnamon-danishes/

 

 

 

Graduate Success Story: Christopher Hall

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When you first meet Chris Hall, “leader” may not be the first word that comes to mind. But watch him in action in The Doe Fund’s Porter Avenue kitchen, and you’ll soon think otherwise.

Chris is a graduate of the Ready, Willing & Able program and has held multiple positions in The Doe Fund’s Culinary Arts Department.

From his earliest days as a trainee in the Porter kitchen, he has brought an unparalleled passion and hustle to his work. He tackles some of the kitchen’s most arduous tasks–those that are critical to the success of any kitchen but often go unnoticed or underappreciated.

While he has evolved on many levels in his transition from trainee to staff and then onto supervisory roles in the kitchen, his industriousness and resilience have been a constant. As his supervisor, Chef Kronna Williams, puts it, Chris can “take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’!”

Chris’s commitment to his team, the trainees he serves, and The Doe Fund extends well beyond his own hard work. He has grown to become an educator and a mentor to trainees as well, providing a first-hand example of integrity, accountability, and initiative.

Leaders come in many forms. Chris is living proof that they can be born out of hard work and determination.

 

Graduate Success Story: Leroy Green

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For Leroy, cooking isn’t just a job. It’s a way of life. “When I’m in the kitchen, all my worries go away.”

There was a time when Leroy had plenty to worry about. After 15 years in federal prison, he found himself spiraling towards his lowest point, accomplishing “a long list of nothing.”

He learned about The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing & Able program, where he could gain new skills, get back on his feet, and make a fresh start. Maybe this was the change Leroy needed to finally break free from the nightmare he’d been living.

Ready, Willing & Able offers a variety of occupational training tracks but, for Leroy, the choice was simple: Culinary Arts. “I grew up in a house of women, so there was always something being cooked. I’ve always had a love for kitchen work–baking, cooking, preparing. It was just the right choice for me.”

In The Doe Fund’s Harlem kitchen, Leroy learned much more than culinary techniques. He learned invaluable life lessons from his mentors, to finish what he starts, and to think things through before reacting.

Leroy is now the Head Line Cook at a Manhattan restaurant, and training to become Kitchen Manager there. He’s more motivated than ever to pursue his dreams of one day running his own kitchen and “getting that chef’s title–Chef Lee!”

Apple Bread with Honey Glaze

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What better way to welcome the start of Rosh Hashanah than with a traditional apple bread with honey glaze? During the Jewish New Year, an apple slice dipped in honey is a way to express your hopes for a sweet and fruitful year. This recipe comes from our Director of Food Services, Chef Gino Dalesandro. Enjoy!

Apple Bread with Honey Glaze

Ingredients:
5 apples (peeled and chopped)
1¼ c butter
2½ c sugar
1¼ c buttermilk
3½ tsp vanilla
3½ tsp baking soda
3 c flour
6 eggs
(add walnuts if desired)

Topping:
1¼ c butter
1¼ c flour
1¼ c sugar
3½ tsp cinnamon

Honey Butter Glaze:
1 c honey
1 c butter

Directions:
1. Cream together butter and sugar until it becomes a paste
2. Slowly add eggs until it becomes absorbed
3. Mix all ingredients together until smooth while alternating from wet to dry
4. Add in chopped apples (and walnuts if desired)
5. Pour into 2 loaf pans
6. Combine all ingredients for topping until it clumps into small chunky pieces
7. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar topping evenly onto loaves
8. Bake at 325 degree for one hour
9. Place ingredients for honey butter glaze into pot. Reduce to thick syrup. Brush on cool loaves and serve.

 

Chef Marcell’s Shrimp Salad with Lemon Aioli

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We’re pleased to present an original take on a summer classic, courtesy of Chef Marcell. The creative force behind many of our catering creations, Marcell is both a graduate of our program and the head chef of our Philadelphia kitchen. We are grateful for his contribution to the team and commitment to the men we serve, and we hope you enjoy this delicious display of his culinary talents.

Ingredients:

(makes 12 servings)

Lemon Aioli

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • 1 pinch granulated garlic
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley

Shrimp Salad

  • 2 pounds shrimp
  • ½ lemon
  • ½ c celery, finely diced
  • 3 heads of lettuce or 12 mini sandwich rolls

Directions:

Fill a medium saucepan halfway with water. Add a pinch of salt, squeeze and add the juice of half a lemon, and bring to a boil.

While waiting for the water to boil, make the lemon aioli by combining the mayonnaise, fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, white pepper, cayenne pepper, and granulated garlic in a blender until smooth. Manually mix in the parsley and place in the refrigerator.

Add shrimp to the boiling water, and cook thoroughly. Drain away the boiling water, shock by shrimp by submerging them briefly in ice water, and drain again. Peel the shrimp, and chop into bite sized pieces.

Mix lemon aioli and diced celery with the chopped shrimp, and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Remove the mixture from the refrigerator, and either wrap in leaves of lettuce or place on mini sandwich rolls. Serve and enjoy!

CHEF DANNY’S BAFOUTO

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This is a special recipe from our very own Chef Danny, who is both a graduate and long-time staff member of The Doe Fund. Over the year’s Danny has played many roles and helped in countless ways to empower the men in our Culinary Arts Program.

The Bafouto recipe below, a personal take on a hometown tradition, brings back many childhood memories for Danny, and we are grateful to have him share this recipe with us and all of our Dishes By Doe readers.

Danny’s Bafoutou will be one of the many unique and distinguished dishes served at our upcoming Dishes By Doe tasting event.

 

To learn more about Danny’s story, please follow the link below:

https://dishesbydoe.com/faces-of-food-service/

 

To purchase tickets to our Dishes By Doe tasting, please visit: http://dishesbydoe.doe.org/

 

Ingredients:

4 green plantains, halved or quartered

4 yellow plantains, halved or quartered

4 pounds chicken breast

6 bay leaves

2 onions, finely chopped)

16 ounces chicken stock

1 cup soy sauce

6 eggs

6 cups panko

 

Directions:

Bring a medium sauce pan to a boil, and add plantains. Let boil for 30 minutes, then set aside for later use. Season chicken with bay leaves, onions, chicken stock, and soy sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook chicken until tender. Mash cooked plantains in a bowl using a potato masher. While mashing, add juices from chicken to moisten the plantain being careful not to oversaturate. Chop chicken finely, and mix with mashed plantain. Scoop the mixture, using a one ounce scooper or by hand, and mold to your desired shape. Dip each molded scoop into an egg wash, and bread with panko. Once breaded, brown in heated oil for one minute on each side. Once browned, bake in oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool, serve with a spicy tomato sauce, and enjoy!

 

 

 

Dishes By Doe Event!

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We are pleased to announce The Doe Fund’s upcoming Dishes By Doe tasting event.
On the evening of June 17th, The Doe Fund’s very own Dishes By Doe catering team will present their mouth-watering and awe-inspiring creations to guests at James Beard House, a world-renowned New York City culinary institution.
The event will support our culinary training program and social enterprises, which help formerly homeless and incarcerated men achieve employment, housing, and permanent self-sufficiency.
In the past year alone, we’ve helped over 40 men learn foundational culinary skills and secure jobs in the food service industry, earning a living wage and becoming productive members of society.
These men, once trapped in the vicious cycles of homelessness and incarceration, are now loving fathers and husbands making a difference in their communities.
Our work is made possible through the generous support of individuals who share our commitment to the transformational power of honest work and good food.
Please consider joining us on June 17th in celebration of the men we serve and the individual potential we help them realize every day.
Event details and a link to purchase tickets are available at http://www.dishesbydoe.org
Thank you in advance for your support.