Dishes by Doe

A tasting to benefit The Doe Fund’s Culinary Arts Program
Hosted by Sheryl Heefner, General Manager of Union Square Cafe

FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2016
6:00 – 8:00 pm

The James Beard House
167 West 12th Street

Cocktail attire

The Doe Fund will hold an intimate tasting event for 80 gastronomers and guests at the James Beard House on Friday, June 17. The evening will feature a diverse tasting menu developed and prepared by formerly incarcerated and homeless graduates of The Doe Fund’s Culinary Arts training program.

Culinary Arts is the most popular of the six professional career training tracks offered as part of The Doe Fund’s year-long Ready, Willing & Able transitional work program. Participants in the culinary arts program prepare over one million meals a year in The Doe Fund’s state of the art kitchen facilities and work in The Doe Fund’s catering corps while training for professional licenses in the culinary arts.

The Dishes by Doe tasting event is hosted by Sheryl Heefner, General Manager of Union Square Cafe. The Union Square Hospitality Group is a longtime employer partner of The Doe Fund.

A limited number of individual tickets ($125) are still available at dishesbydoe.org. Proceeds from the evening will benefit The Doe Fund’s Culinary Arts program.

Photography and videography welcome. Interview opportunities available in advance or during event. Recipes available for reproduction. For media RSVPs or for more information, please contact Alanna O’Donnell at aodonnell@doe.org or 646-672-4283.


Founded in 1985 by homeless advocate George T. McDonald, The Doe Fund provides life-transforming services, supportive and transitional housing, and economic opportunity for formerly homeless and incarcerated men, veterans, and people living with AIDS.

Through its pioneering work in social enterprise, including the acclaimed Ready, Willing & Able program, The Doe Fund reduces recidivism, improves the quality of life in city neighborhoods, and fosters permanent economic independence among its clients.

Known throughout the city by their distinctive blue uniforms, The “men in blue” of The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing & Able program clean more than 170 miles of New York City streets and sidewalks as part of a year-long program of recovery, personal and professional development, and economic advancement.