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Bracken’s Kitchen is the inspiration of Bill Bracken, a nationally renowned chef with over 30 years in the restaurant business. After graduating with honors from the Culinary Institute of America, Bracken began what was to be a long and successful career with a number of acclaimed restaurants including the Peninsula Beverly Hills and the Four Seasons Hotel in Newport Beach. He eventually opened the DivBar in Newport Beach, a way to connect his love of good food with an entrepreneurial spirit, and later became involved in a variety of nonprofit work, including volunteering his services to the Orange County Rescue Mission as a regular guest chef. It was Bracken’s work at the mission that reconfirmed his concerns about the significant levels of food insecurity that exist within Orange County, and he set about to find a way to leverage his talent, experience and connections to make a difference and feed the hungry. Bracken wanted to open a kitchen to help address the problems, but realized that hunger in Orange County has its own set of challenges, not the least of which included a primary concern of reaching food insecure families and children distributed over a broad geographic area. People without resources are already stretched thin, thus unable to travel regularly and over distances, even in pursuit of the nutritious meals that Bracken wanted to provide; after some deliberation, he came to the conclusion that the answer could be found in the trendy new rebirth of an age-old solution: mobile food trucks. If the people could not come to him, Bracken decided he would take the food to the people.
LDEI will be volunteering as a group on Tuesday, November 8th with Bracken's Kitchen. 8 volunteers are required to serve that evening's meal at the Illumination Foundation in Santa Ana: 1215 N Ross St, Santa Ana, California 92701