Chef, author and TV personality Anthony Bourdain left a huge void in the food world when he took his own life just over a year ago.
Today would have been the “Parts Unknown” host’s 63rd birthday, and there are several ways to mark the occasion.
Bourdain’s death sparked a national conversation about the importance of addressing mental health issues, especially within the food service community. The Giving Kitchen -- which recently won a James Beard Humanitarian of the Year Award -- is hosting a Pop-Up Doc service today in honor of Bourdain’s birthday.
Food service workers can receive free medical attention and health screenings as well as information about affordable services through 6 p.m. at the Decatur Recreation Center at 231 Sycamore Street in Decatur.
Service provided include:
Health Check-ups [8am-6pm]
Sleep Screenings [8am-6pm]
Cancer Screenings [8am-6pm]
Dental Screenings [8am-6pm]
BMI Screenings [8am-6pm]
Ear/Nose/Throat Screenings [10am-2pm]
HIV Testing [10am-2pm]
Blood Pressure Screenings [8am-6pm]
Glucose Level Screenings [10am-2pm]
Nutrition Assessments [8am-6pm]
Mental Health Screenings [8am-6pm]
Substance Abuse Resources [8am-3pm]
Contraception and STI Resources [12pm-6pm]
QPR Suicide Prevention Training [8am-6pm]
Orthopedic Assessments [8am-2pm]
Range of Motion Tests [8am-2pm]
Yoga for Life in the Weeds Classes [10am-6pm]
Insurance Enrollment [10am-2pm]
Backpacks for Students K-12 (must bring child or birth certificate) [8am-6pm first-come, first-served basis while supplies last]
Children’s Health Resources [8am-6pm]
Free parking is available at the library, and the event is easily accessible via Marta.
For more information, visit givingkitchen.org/popupdoc.
Read about how metro Atlanta food service industry workers are embracing self-care here.
Raise a glass
Steinbeck’s, located at 659 East Lake in Decatur, is celebrating Bourdain’s birthday at 6:25 p.m. Everyone in attendance will be given a Creature Comforts Classic City Lager or a shot of Jameson to raise a glass to Bourdain. Read more here.
Share a memory
Chefs and Bourdain’s friends Jose Andres and Eric Ripert released a video Tweet asking people to use the hashtag #BourdainDay today to share their memories and celebrate Bourdain’s life.
Today, Twitter is already blowing up with people celebrating Bourdain on Twitter -- read other people’s memories or share your own.
You can also donate to a culinary scholarship that Ripert and Andres set up in Bourdain’s memory here.
Read a book
Released on May 28 by CNN, “Anthony Bourdain Remembered” is a collection of quotes, memories and images celebrating Bourdain’s life. Contributors include Barack Obama, Eric Ripert, Jill Filipovic, Ken Burns, Questlove and José Andrés.
Or, if you’re looking to remember Bourdain in his own words, pick up a copy of one his many books, including his most recent, “Appetites.”
Watch him in action
For all the platforms he was present on, Bourdain was arguably best known as a television star via his shows including “No Reservations,” “The Layover” (on which he made a stop in Atlanta) and “Parts Unknown.” You can catch several seasons of “Parts Unknown” on Netflix and “No Reservations” episodes are available on the Travel Channel.
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