Over the last three years our Executive Chef, Jessica Levy has made an immense impact here at Freedom a la Cart. Chef Jess has brought so much passion, talent and leadership to our catering business and the organization as a whole. She has led the catering team through a 56% increase in annual sales while creating various new, delicious and fresh menu items to share with our community. Next week, we say goodbye to Jess as our Executive Chef as she begins a new journey in her career, but will forever remain a part of our Freedom Family. We wish Jess the best of luck on all her future endeavors and will always be grateful for her hard work, passion and all of her cookie recipes!!
With that being said, meet Chef BJ Lieberman!
Starting September 16th, Chef BJ Lieberman will join Freedom a la Cart as the interim Executive Chef. Chef BJ, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, has previously served as Head Chef of nationally acclaimed, Michelin-Starred Rose’s Luxury and Sous Chef of Little Pearl restaurants in Washington D.C. He’s moving to Columbus to work on the opening of his own restaurant and we’re so thrilled to have him lead our catering team while we search for Freedom’s next Executive Chef. For the last two years, Chef BJ has also donated a private chef dinner experience for the live auction at Freedom a la Cart’s annual fundraising event, Eat Up! Columbus, raising more than $20K for the organization.
“Chef Jess has done an amazing job of taking our food and culinary experience to the next level for our customers. While a strong talent in the kitchen, she’s also been a beloved role model to the survivors in our program. We’re grateful to have had her leading our kitchen team and we wish her all the best,” said Paula Haines, Executive Director of Freedom a la Cart. “We’re excited to have Chef BJ temporarily join our team as we begin the search for finding our next Executive Chef.”
BEST OF LUCK JESS & WELCOME TO THE TEAM BJ!
Freedom a la Cart now accepting applications for the Executive Chef role. For more details on the Executive Chef position and to apply, please visit freedomalacart.org/careers
Freedom has been selected to join and test the new validated Social Impact Seal! So, what does that mean?
SocialVentures, the Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio, and Measurement Resources Company have joined forced to develop and launch a unique, innovative pilot program on behalf of the rapidly growing social enterprise sector, to validate the social impact they communicate to community stakeholders, consumers, and investors.
Teenage girl raises nearly $5,000 for Freedom a la Cart
Never underestimate the power of a woman on a mission! Even a young woman of 16-years old. Grace Welty, a 16-year-old junior at Westerville Central High School, wanted to do something to support Freedom a la Cart’s mission to empower survivors of human trafficking after discovering the severity of the sex trafficking issue in Central Ohio.
Since bringing Freedom food to Columbus in 2011, our organization has had a lot of help in getting to where we are today. We are driven by the stories of the incredibly strong women that we’ve come to know and work with. Through theircourage, perseverance, laughter, and friendship, these survivors of human trafficking keep us motivated in our fight for freedom.And so today, we wantto share with you the story of a woman who reinforces our cause every single day.
Vivian Kriel is one of Freedom’s first employees and a peer mentor for the women enrolled in the CATCH program. In providing these survivors with all the resources they may need, Vivian strives to encourage and support them through an incredibly vulnerable time.We asked her to share a little bit about her journey and why she continues to fight for Freedom alongside our organization.