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(Press Release provided by Goodwill Northern Michigan)

TRAVERSE CITY: Goodwill Northern Michigan and its Mi Fresh Start Food Truck is kicking off summer with a full on, all out “Celebrity Chef Week” cook-off for the winning title of “Good Chef – Chief in Charge of GOOD.”

Hosted by The Little Fleet, June 16-19, local chefs from the Grand Traverse region representing the following restaurants McGee’s 72, Hofbrau, Pearl’s, and The Cooks House, will take over the Mi Fresh Start Food Truck to prepare and serve a daily specialty menu. All proceeds from each day will benefit Goodwill’s Mi Fresh Start hospitality job training program.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the support shown by our local restaurateurs and their commitment to helping others do GOOD,” said Cathy Cooley, Manager for Mi Fresh Start. “They continue to offer opportunities for hands on learning for our trainees to get GOOD jobs to learn, grow, and sustain a career that also helps our local food economy continue to prosper.”

A finale event will be held on Saturday, June 20 at Fustini’s Oils & Vinegars, the 2015 summer menu sponsor for the Mi Fresh Start Food Truck.  A breakfast menu will be served and the winner of the “GOOD Chef” title, based on the most donations (daily food truck proceeds) to Goodwill’s Mi Fresh Start hospitality job training program will be announced.

“Fustini’s has really embraced our hospitality training program,” said Cooley. “As our food truck summer 2015 menu sponsor, they have really stepped up to serve as a mentor in many ways, helping our team to create healthy menu options to serve GOOD food to GOOD folks.”

Your patronage supports Goodwill’s Mi Fresh Start job training program, now in its second year, providing GOOD opportunities for training and experience to gain employment in the local food economy.

You can find Goodwill’s Mi Fresh Start Food Truck truckin’ around to various locations throughout the summer serving up GOOD food inspired and infused by Fustini’s Oils & Vinegars, 2015 summer menu sponsor.

About the Events

What? Goodwill’s Mi Fresh Start Food Truck “Celebrity Chef Week”

When? 12-3 p.m. and 5- 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 16: McGee’s 72-  Chef Josh Wednesday, June 17: Hofbrau of Interlochen – Proprietor Brian McCallister Thursday, June 18: Pearl’s (Magnum Hospitality) – Chef Ben Cross Friday, June 19: The Cooks House – Chef Jennifer Blakeslee & Chef Eric Patterson

Where? The Little Fleet, 448 E Front St, Traverse City

What? Finale: Goodwill’s Mi Fresh Start Food Truck “Celebrity Chef Week”  GOOD Chef winner announced. 

When? Saturday, June 20 from 8 a.m.-noon

Where? Fustini’s Oils & Vinegars (back parking lot)

Photo(s) by Goodwill Northern Michigan