We will be in attendance at the 2nd Annual Club Chefs of Westchester Harvest-Dine Around on Tuesday, November 12 to support a local non-profit, Part of the Solution (POTS). For more than 30 years, POTS has been a mainstay of the Bronx, providing emergency food, social services, and legal representation to low-income families and individuals.
We reached out to Christopher A. Bean, Executive Director of POTS, to learn more about him and the organization.
FP: Can you tell us a little bit about the POTS organization? How did it get its start?
CB: On January 6, 1982, POTS opened its doors as a soup kitchen in the Bronx. Since then, the organization’s mission has expanded from feeding its neighbors to nourishing the needs of the community in a holistic way. We not only address clients most immediate needs, such as food, clothing and showers, but we also help them with more complex issues through our on-site Staff Attorneys, Case Managers, and Social Worker. Our ultimate goal is to assist people on their journeys from crisis to greater stability and self-sufficiency. This year alone, POTS will help more than 18,000 people, including 6,000 children, with a multitude of needs common to individuals and families living in poverty.
FP: We love the organization’s mission and goal!
We’re excited for the Second Annual Harvest-Dine Around event. How did the concept come about?
CB: We’re excited for the Harvest Dine-Around too! POTS is lucky in that we have an incredibly supportive community of people dedicated to our cause. The Dine-Around concept came from one of our Board Members, John Krall, who is a member of the Club Chefs of Westchester. He and his friends from the Club Chefs of Westchester wanted to host an event for POTS, and Baldor Specialty Foods got involved as well.
POTS programs center so much around food and nutrition, so it’s a wonderful opportunity to get more people interested in POTS while focusing on the delicious food that the Club Chef’s have prepared. We are especially excited this year because one of the Club Chefs is bringing participants of POTS Family Club to help him cook the food at the event. Families come in to POTS Family Club once a week. While the caregivers receive a lesson in nutrition and cooking from a professional chef, the children receive homework assistance from volunteers. Everyone comes back together at the end of the evening and enjoys the meal as a family and community. Having Family Club participants at the Dine-Around will be a great representation of the type of work we do at POTS.
FP: Sounds like it will be a fun (and delicious) night!
Where are some of your favorite places to eat in the area?
CB: Some personal favorites are Zero Otto Nove for lunch, Roberto’s for dinner, Borgatti’s Egg Noodle & Ravioli Shop if I want to bring something home to cook, and OK Mr. Pancho for a quick bite near POTS.
FP: We’ll have to check out those places next time we’ll in the Bronx!
What are some of your guilty pleasures? We like to call them foodie pleasures, hence the name 🙂
CB: Cheese. Favorite is Pecorino Romano but almost any cheese works for me (feta, gorgonzola, buffalo mozzarella, parmigiano-reggiano). I can have an entire meal with cheese. At least my calcium levels are solid.
FP: Half of FP (Kristina) shares the same love for cheese!
Thank you so much for your time. We look forward to meeting you and supporting POTS on Tuesday night…we can’t wait!