Those who attended this year’s Taste on Wednesday evening understand better why Steepletown designated this as “The Year of the Chef”. The food was incredibly good, but how it came about is a deeper testament to this designation. Kitchen Sage, the “hearth” of Steepletown, reached out to some neighboring food venues and brought them both into the Taste and literally into the kitchen, working with the current students of the Culinary Leadership Academy. It was these young aspiring chefs who took a leadership role at the Taste; of course with the guidance of Chefs Tommy and Justin! This partnership of Steepletown and Kitchen Sage is really focused on lifting these young adults out of some challenging circumstances to give them hope and opportunity that restores their place within our community.
At this year’s Taste the “Steepletown Neighborhood Recognition Award” also made its debut. I believe we would all agree that there are many persons on the West Side who are deserving of recognition for their leadership and commitment to real transformation, and yet we singled out one individual who has been critical in the evolution of Steepletown’s presence and work on the West Side – Mosignor R. Louis Stasker. It can truthfully be said that without his support and leadership, many families, children and young adults would be living with less hope and certainly fewer opportunities to develop their potential. Click to check out the recognition video played at the event.
Steepletown’s mission is “to promote neighbor helping neighbor live with dignity and hope”. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, ”The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But the Good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’” Monsignor’s commitment to and care for the West Side exemplifies these words.
And now its your chance to help in a small way. Go to this link to vote for Steepletown as part of Mercantile Banks’s Giving Together! Program: If the link does not work, copy and past the following in your browser – http://bit.ly/1GdFKP3. You have only until Monday, March 23rd.