Adelina's BistroChef Gary Podesto of Adelina’s Bistro at the Monarch Club at Trilogy Central Coast was part of a small team of chefs recruited by the CulinaryCorps to participate in a “culanthropy” trip to New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast in April. Culanthropy is an emerging concept that promotes culinary volunteerism.

Gary and 11 other professionals performed five days of culinary service as part of the region’s ongoing post-Katrina rebuilding efforts, including cooking for Habitat for Humanity’s Camp Hope and Liberty’s Kitchen, a social enterprise serving New Orleans’ disadvantaged youth.

“When I discovered CulinaryCorps, my heart felt validated—there was something I could do to help, and there was a way for me to live my dream of being a chef and help those most in need,” Gary says.

CulinaryCorps aims to build a force of our nation’s most promising citizen-chefs, who are committed to setting the standard of social activism within the culinary field. Click here for more information on CulinaryCorps.

Kudos to Chef Gary Podesto and Adelina’s Bistro for supporting such a great cause!