Last year during Hurricane Florence, Pine Valley Market chef Christi Ferretti teamed up with Nobel Peace Prize-nominee and Michelin-star chef José Andrés to ensure folks impacted by the storm didn’t go hungry. Through the treacherous four-day hurricane and for two weeks thereafter, Andrés’ World Central Kitchen (WCK) team served 300,000 or so meals across southeastern NC. They welcomed local chefs and volunteers to help feed emergency operations personnel, first responders and linemen, as well as locals across the tri-county area severely impacted by the storm.
Though, currently, Andrés is stationed in the Bahamas, he sent representative Zomi Franckom to help Ferretti upstart WCK’s satellite kitchen at the St. Andrews Covenant Presbyterian Church on Market Street ahead of Dorian. While the operation will be smaller than the larger impact of Florence, it’s not without WCK folks on the ground ready to roll out food to everyone in need.
“She is in direct contact with Chef José,” Ferretti says. “Zomi and I have been working literally around the clock, starting yesterday through late morning today, to get things in place.”
On Thursday, along with volunteers, they made 200 sandwiches to serve personnel in the Columbus County emergency operations center. A truck will be delivering enough food to make 10,000 meals.
“We are preparing a full-scale production tomorrow after Dorian moves through,” Ferretti says. “We hope to have hot meals going out as early as tomorrow evening. Sandwiches are great, but Chef and the WCK team’s goal is a hot and hearty meal cooked with love.”
They’re partnering with the New Hanover Disaster Coalition to distribute food to those in need. While full details are still being hashed out, and dependent upon which areas are hit hardest by Hurricane Dorian, Ferretti and Franckom are getting their volunteer plan in place. Folks who wish to help can learn more here. Follow #ChefsforCarolinas and their operations on FB and IG at @WorldCentralKitchen or @PineValleyMarket.