During the COVID-19 pandemic and Washington’s stay at home order, several Seattle restaurateurs are continuing to try to pay it forward. Among the latest is renowned chef Rachel Yang, who is now offering free meals for food service workers at her casual Korean restaurant Revel, which reopened at its original location earlier this year.
Yang is asking for tips or donations for those who can afford them, with the money going to support the hospitality industry. Colorado’s well-known Niman Ranch is donating meat for the effort to help defray costs, with beef curry and rice among the first dishes served.
Yang joins a growing number of influential chefs in Seattle turning their kitchens into community service projects. Just this week, Edouardo Jordan transformed one of his Ravenna restaurants, Salare, into a place where struggling restaurant workers can get a free meal to-go.
In Beacon Hill, chef Melissa Miranda of Musang transformed her restaurant into a community kitchen that serves 150-200 meals a day, particularly for food insecure families, as part of a collective called Seattle Community Kitchen, with chefs Tarik Abdullah (Midnight Mecca), Cam Hanin (Guerilla Pizza Kitchen), and Kirsti Brown (That Brown Girl Cooks).
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