Do you follow the local food features over at CharlestonMag.com? We certainly try to, and we recently had the pleasure of reading Kitchen Comeback. It’s a compelling story about a homeless man who turned his life around with some help from One80 place.
“Just over a year ago, Neil Stephan “The Reverend” DeArmon was a Coast Guard veteran without a home or a job, living on the street. Today, thanks to culinary training at One80 Place and a chance encounter at Charleston Wine + Food, he’s sous chef at Smoke BBQ and the face and co-owner of a burgeoning cornbread company…”
The story also involves a happy accident, in which DeArmon mistakenly added heavy cream to a cornbread recipe that called for buttermilk. If your spirit needs a lift, we highly recommend reading the full article. Post and Courier recently published a similar profile on “The Rev” that is worth reading as well.
We can’t help but get excited about the culinary training program at One80 Place. The program just launched in 2017, and it’s already changing lives. The training alone is invaluable, but One80 Place has also partnered with Charleston Wine + Food, affording culinary students an opportunity to partner with local chefs for some one-of-a-kind, on-the-job experience. This is how “The Rev” met chef Roland Feldman and landed a job with Smoke BBQ. A year later, the two are collaborating on a new venture, Reverend Cornbread Co.
Wine Tasting Proceeds to Benefit One80 Place
If you share our excitement for One80 Place and their efforts to end homelessness, please join us on Friday nights for our Weekly Wine Tasting! Now through the end of June, 100% of your tasting donations ($5 per guest) will benefit One80 Place and the services that they provide—shelter, food, healthcare, culinary training, legal counseling and more.
Looking for more ways to help One80 Place? Consider organizing a food drive or serving in their community kitchen. Visit One80Place.org for details.