Nealey Thompson (left), Cook’s Warehouse’s cooking school director, and Cook’s Warehouse founder and CEO Mary Moore. 
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Extra Helping: Cooking class to benefit Atlanta Community Food Bank and more recent good food deeds

Metro Atlanta cooking supply store and cooking school the Cook’s Warehouse is partnering with the Atlanta Community Food Bank to host a virtual Simple Abundance Cooking class this week, with all proceeds benefitting the food bank.

The class will feature a four-course dinner taught by Cook’s Warehouse CEO and founder chef Mary Moore, chef Nealey Thompson and sommelier Don Hackett. The class, geared to cooks of all skill levels, will include crab cakes with a summer slaw and strawberry shortcake. 

Recipes, an ingredient list and equipment list will be emailed to participants five days in advance of the class. 

The store and the food bank have been partners for 20 years, providing more than 1.8 million meals to the metro Atlanta community.

The class will be held 7-8:30 p.m. June 26. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

More good deeds: 

Local restaurant chain Gusto donated 65% of sales from all six of its locations on June 19 -- also known as Juneteenth, which marks the last day of slavery in the U.S. -- to Advancing the Lives of the Black Community Fund. The amount represents the percentage of Black men and women on the Gusto team. 

“The fabric of our company is multi-colored, and we are extremely proud of that,” said Gusto founder Nate Hybl in a statement. “We believe our differences make us powerful. We aspire to lean into listening first and championing equality.”

Rayshard Brooks' wife Tomika Miller, left, with Slutty Vegan owner Pinky Cole and Big Dave's Cheesesteaks owner Derrick Hayes.
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Pinky Cole, the CEO of popular vegan burger eatery Slutty Vegan, partnered last week with Clark Atlanta University to provide full college scholarships to the children of Rayshard Brooks, who was fatally shot by police last week following a struggle outside a south Atlanta Wendy’s. Brooks had three young daughters and a teenage stepson.  The scholarships will cover the full cost of tuition and meals, as well as dormitory expenses.

In addition, Cole and Derrick Hayes, the owner of Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks in downtown Atlanta, gifted Brooks’ wife and children a Ford Escape and also paid for life insurance for the kids. 

To celebrate the life and legacy of Anthony Bourdain on Thursday, June 25, Hugo’s Oyster Bar and C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar will offer limited specialty menus inspired by Bourdain’s Food Network TV show, “A Cook’s Tour,” and his friend Eric Ripert's cookbook. The restaurant group has pledged to donate a percentage of menu sales to the Culinary Institute of America’s Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship. The scholarship fund provides grant money to help students pursue study abroad and international cuisines and cultures as part of their education. 

As part of its A Pie for A Pie community giving program, Atlanta-based Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers store owners in Georgia are baking and selling pizza pies to benefit over 21 organizations throughout the state of Georgia Thursday, June 25.

Since the beginning of the program, Mellow Mushroom has donated more than 10,000 pies to local charities in 12 states where Mellow Mushroom operates.

Partnering with Mellow Mushroom to make the program possible is the Mushroom Council, which represents fresh mushroom producers and distributors nationwide.

The organization behind The World’s 50 Best Restaurants will host a “Bid for Recovery” auction July 3, offering the public the opportunity to bid on gastronomic experiences with top chefs from across the globe.

The auction will feature more than 100 lots, including a day with chef Mauro Colagreco at Mirazur restaurant in France and a Peruvian world safari. 

All proceeds will be donated at 50 Best’s recovery fund to restaurants and bars, including direct grants, non-profit organizations, and providing meals to those in need. 

Potential bidders can view the full selection of lots from June 29, with the auction running from July 3-12 at 50BestForRecovery.com.

Chick-fil-A’s foundation announced it will give $5 million in grants to Black-led nonprofits and those that serve the Black community as part of its action against racial injustice. Read more here.

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