The Eat Up! Columbus dinner party showcases a female-led team of Columbus’ top up-and-coming chefs who will prepare an innovative 6-course menu complemented by select drink pairings and finished with an array of petite desserts. Guests celebrate hope, restored lives and cause cuisine to support Freedom a la Cart’s work to empower and employ survivors of human trafficking in Central Ohio.
The honoree at this year’s event is Ohio First Lady, Karen Kasich. Mrs. Kasich is passionate about the issues affecting women and young people and has been an outspoken advocate in the fight against human trafficking in Ohio.
Eat Up! Columbus
Saturday, March 11, 2017
St Charles Preparatory
2010 East Broad Street
Cocktail Hour 6:00 PM
Dinner Seating 7:00 PM
Expected Attendance: 300
This Year's Chef Team
Jessica Levy (Team Captain) of Freedom a la Cart
Vanessa Sakosky of Freedom a la Cart
Patrick Caskey of Skillet
Shane Neal of Guckenheimer
Sang Lakhani of The Table
Catie Randazzo of Challah
Jack Moore of Watershed Distillery
Tyler Minnis of The Market Italian Village
Josh Wiest of 8 State Bistro
Anthony Schulz of Inn at Cedar Falls
Joshua Dalton of Veritas Tavern
Nathaniel Hall of 1808 American Bistro
Freedom a la Cart
In 2009, our founders established Doma as a community-based program for adult survivors of human trafficking. Two years later they expanded the program to fill the void between restoration and economic independence and purchased a food cart as a work force training tool for survivors. While Doma offered supportive services toward restoration, Freedom a la Cart gave survivors a job and means to live.
Freedom become the vehicle - literally - through which survivors began the ever important first steps to self-sufficiency.
Today, we are so much more! What was once a single food cart is now a bustling box lunch and full-service catering company, grown from the hearts and hard work of the women who sustain us. The 2014 merge of Doma and Freedom a la Cart combined support services with social enterprise through one deliciously harmonious brand.
As these amazing women continue on their journey of rescue, rehabilitation and restoration - the ultimate path toward a triumphant return to society - the result couldn't be more appetizing: Cause Cuisine.
We believe that women who have lived in slavery should be empowered to gain freedom through personal and economic independence. Funds raised will enable Freedom a la Cart to 1) lead survivors through a program of developing life skills and workforce preparedness; 2) equip survivors with dignified work experience for a sustainable future; 3) expand our community impact and employ more survivors through the opening of a brick-and-mortar cafe.