In continued partnership with the NAACP, Aramark Food Services, the Cavs and Quicken Loans Arena welcomed 18 minority chefs who own local restaurants, food trucks, and catering businesses to participate in an inaugural Launch Test Kitchen Food Tasting & Business Development Experience on Thursday, December 7th. Participants were selected from over 60 applicants to be a part of this special event where they prepared their signature dishes for guests in attendance who sampled and voted on their favorite chefs of the day.
The event provided participants the opportunity to network with other industry professionals and receive a behind-the-scenes tour of The Q’s Launch Test Kitchen concept. Participants heard from Danielle Sydnor, chair of the economic development committee of Cleveland’s NAACP; Mozelle Jackson, Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena Executive Vice President/CFO; Kevin Kearney, Aramark District Manager; and April Thompson, Wild Thymez Catering and previous partner chef of Launch Test Kitchen.
“Today the Cavs, Aramark, and Quicken Loans Arena demonstrated how large anchor institutions can partner to create access for historically underrepresented populations. The NAACP Cleveland Branch was excited to partner on such an innovative event that will go down as a launching pad for future opportunities and an example of the power of collaboration,” said Danielle Sydnor, chair of the economic development committee of Cleveland’s NAACP.