New Holiday Cookbook Benefits Local LGBTQ Youth

Madison RutherfordDecember 23, 2019
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Valley nonprofit one•n•ten has teamed up with local chefs to curate a holiday cookbook that showcases diversity while celebrating community.

The e-book, Now Serving: Everyone, features recipes from 15 award-winning Arizona chefs including Christopher Gross, Bernie Kantak, Tandy Peterson, Jeremy Pachecho and Gio Osso. All proceeds from the book will benefit one•n•ten, which helps LGBTQ youth and young adults with housing, employment and social opportunities.

“We enhance their lives by providing empowering social and service programs that promote self-expression, self-acceptance, leadership development and healthy life choices,” says Clayton Scherf, one•n•ten’s director of marketing and development.

one•n•ten has an array of programs that provide support for LGBTQ youth ages 11 to 24, including Promise of a New Day, which helps homeless individuals find housing and Camp Outdoors, the largest LGBTQ summer camp in the country.

The nonprofit also offers two holiday events each year, Fall Feast and Queermas, which provide the youth with a safe space to celebrate.

“Not all of our youth who attend our programs have a loving and supportive environment at home, so we want to create a safe and supportive environment for them,” Scherf says.

The cookbook came about because the organization wanted a way to spotlight the idea of “serving everyone,” regardless of who they are.

“No matter what your background, no matter what your identity, no matter where you come from, everyone is welcome to the table for these holiday seasons, really giving the emphasis on a safe space for communities to gather and share with no judgements, no preconceived notions,” Scherf says. “We’ve been fortunate enough to partner with some outstanding chefs from around the state who have given their time and energy to put a compilation of delicious meals together that everyone can share.”

The one•n•ten team tasked each chef with contributing their favorite holiday recipes.

“We wanted them to put together some simple recipes that the youth could take back and work with their families and be able to come up with a delicious meal that was easy to put together,” Scherf says. “It’s all about bringing people together and bringing everybody to the table and enjoying good food, friends and family.”

The book is available for purchase with a one-time $20 donation to one•n•ten or is included with any end-of-the-year tax credit charitable contribution (up to $400 for individuals or $800 for households of two). Anyone who joins Hero’s Circle, one•n•ten’s monthly sustainable donor program, will also have access to the book.

“I’m forever grateful to all of the chefs that took time out of their busy schedules to just put something together that’s so meaningful for the youth of one•n•ten,” Scherf says.

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