Saturday, December 3, 2016
LABS pilot host Island Creek Oyster was the site of a LABS workshop for members of New England Center for Arts and Technology (NECAT). NECAT is a culinary arts training program that enrolls approximately 150 students annually into their 16 week training program, free of tuition. Their students are unemployed adults and at-risk young adults from the Greater Boston area. This program develops the technical skills necessary to gain employment in the food service industry.
NECAT has just opened a replication site in Akko, Israel. As part of their collaboration, NECAT invited world renowned Israeli chef Uri Buri to Boston for a kick-off to their collaboration. Chef Uri Buri was voted by TripAdvisor as the #1 chef in the Middle East. He specializes in seafood and was interested in visiting some of the local food specialties New England has to offer. NECAT founder, Maarten Hemsley coordinated with LABS Food Security Lead, Liz Wiley, to bring Uri and his wife, Ya’el for a tour of the Island Creek Oyster facility on beautiful Duxbury harbor.
Olav Goelet of Island Creek Oysters provided a two hour tour for an enthusiastic culinary crowd. To properly finish off the culinary experience, Hemsley brought Uri and Ya’el to the Island Creek Oyster Bar in Boston for dinner that evening.
NECAT is hosting a dinner fundraiser on December 9th that will be prepared by Uri.
Here at LABS, we are thankful that our work allows us to support food providers such as Island Creek Oysters and innovative social programs such as NECAT. We will continue working with our Sponsors, Partners, Pilot Hosts and Portfolio Companies to create a future where technology enables more people to participate in enhancing food security for everyone.