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Culinary Creations Help Area Non-Profits Thrive

Centerpoint Medical Center November 15, 2012

Food and Nutrition Director Sheryl Searle and Manager Jim Tinkham

When they’re not at Centerpoint planning thousands of meals a month, Food and Nutrition Director Sheryl Searle and Manager Jim Tinkham are helping area non-profits by serving up some wonderful culinary creations.

Chef Jim as he's known around Centerpoint recently volunteered to lead a knife skills class at Harvesters for those serving at local soup kitchens. This was the first opportunity for most participants to be a part of a chef-led culinary class.

“Jim’s presence was very inviting and easy-going, allowing all to get familiar with new produce and new preparations of produce they might receive from Harvesters,” said Taryn Glidewell, Nutrition Services Manager at Harvesters.

Recently, Sheryl and Jim created a special house-themed dessert for Truman Heritage Habitat For Humanity’s American Dream Gala. In September Jim shared his culinary talents at HCA’s Retreat and Refresh Stroke Camp for stroke survivors and caregivers. He provided a cooking demonstration of heart healthy meals that a person with a disability would be able to prepare. In the upcoming weeks, both Sheryl and Jim will be speaking at the Palmer Center on healthy eating as part of the Centerpoint’s Speaker Workshop in partnership with the Northwest Community Development Corporation.

Other events include: Ottawa School District Chefs 2 Schools Program, American Royal BBQ cooking demo, Taste and Smile’s benefit for Benjamin Banneker Charter Academy, and Core 4 Cooking Demo for Morrison using seasonal grains and legumes.

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