The University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College Foundation (UA-PTCF) is turning the tables on the COVID-19 pandemic.
The foundation is launching the Diamond Chef Gives Back initiative, which aims to provide relief for restaurants and the hospitality industries. UA-Pulaski Technical College Foundation recognized that the restaurant and hospitality industries, which are typically the industries most involved in the annual Diamond Chef Arkansas event, have been the ones most heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through this initiative, the public can double their impact on the restaurant and hospitality industries. Public donations will be used by UA-PTCF to purchase gift cards to local restaurants and that will be placed in a silent auction at the April Diamond Chef Arkansas event.
“Our silent auction specifically offers guests the opportunity to bid on dining experiences at their favorite restaurants, as well as once-in-a-lifetime culinary opportunities. This industry has been hugely supportive of Diamond Chef Arkansas because UA-PTC’s CAHMI trains the workforce for this industry every day,” Shannon Boshears, vice-chancellor of advancement and executive director of UA-PTCF, said in a statement. “We felt we had to do something to give back to this industry that is in great need and part of our family,” she added.
The 2021 Diamond Chef Arkansas event will be held virtually on Thursday, April 22, at 6 p.m. This virtual format promises to deliver an exciting online experience for viewers, complete with high-stakes culinary action and curated food boxes that viewers can enjoy while they watch.
To donate to the Diamond Chef Gives Back initiative, visit www.uaptc.edu/dcgivesback or text “DCGivesBack” to 71777 and choose a restaurant that their donation will benefit.
Arkansas Money & Politics is a media sponsor for the event.