At One Off Hospitality Group, we believe that the key to our success lies in our ties to the community. We proudly commit our time and charitable efforts to the following outstanding organizations:
Pilot Light is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that develops and delivers classroom lessons incorporating food and nutrition education into everyday subjects like science, English, and social studies. It was founded in 2010 by our own Paul Kahan and Justin Large, alongside chefs Jason Hammel, Matthias Merges and Ryan Poli. Pilot Light’s mission is to provide children with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to develop healthy relationships with food.
Alex's Lemonade Stand
We’ve been involved with The Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) since 2007, when our close friends at Vetri Family Restaurant Group in Philadelphia invited Paul Kahan and Donnie Madia to participate in their yearly gala. Since then we’ve joined hospitality friends from across the nation in supporting yearly events in Philadelphia, New York and Los Angeles. In 2014, we joined their ranks, and hosted the inaugural Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Chicago gala alongside chef Tony Mantuano and the Levy Group. ALSF emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $100 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 475 pediatric cancer research projects nationally.
Greater Chicago Food Depository
The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. We naturally aligned with their mission, and began holding food drives at The Publican in2008. While much of One Off’s charitable contributions are given at the administrative level, partnering with the Greater Chicago Food Depository allows our team to participate in giving directly. The Food Depository, founded in 1979, makes a daily impact across Cook County with a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile programs, children’s programs, older adult programs and innovative responses that address the root causes of hunger. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 67 million pounds of shelf-stable food, fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 154,000 meals every day.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. We proudly participate in the foundation’s Dine to End MS in memory of Kimberly Galban’s mother. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. The Society envisions a world free of MS and moves toward that end by driving change through fundraising, advocacy, facilitating education, collaborating with others and by providing helpful programs and services.
Lynn Sage Foundation
The Lynn Sage Foundation was founded in honor and memory of Lynn Sage, a beloved mother, daughter and wife who tragically died at the age of 39 as a result of her battle with breast cancer. We support the Lynn Sage Foundation in honor of the women in our company who are proud breast cancer survivors. Dedicated to finding a cure for this disease, The Foundation funds The Lynn Sage Scholars program, which funds promising researchers in the field of breast cancer that are working in Chicago. Scholars are given $100,000 per year for up to two years to conduct research that focuses on the prevention, treatment, and, ultimately, finding a cure for breast cancer.
Chefs Without Kitchens
Chefs Without Kitchens, an organization started by avec’s pastry chef Heather May, is a community building organization that serves all walks of life great food. Established or up-and-coming chefs create high quality menus for various homeless shelters throughout the city. Chefs and event volunteers not only prepare the meal, but they also sit at the dinner table with the shelter residents to share the "breaking of bread." This organization's aim is to break down barriers and to build lasting relationships between groups of people whose paths may not typically cross. For more information, visit chefswithoutkitchens.squarespace.com.