SOURCE: Larkin Street Youth Services

Larkin Street Youth Services

February 23, 2015 11:00 ET

Chef Daniel Patterson's Commitment to Homeless Youth to Be Recognized at Larkin Street Youth Service's Paving the Way Gala March 4th

Hosted by Larkin Street Youth Services, the Event Benefits Homeless Youth

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 23, 2015) - Larkin Street Youth Services will honor Chef Daniel Patterson for his commitment to Larkin Street and homeless youth during Larkin Street's Paving the Way gala on March 4th. Chef Patterson -- a James Beard Foundation award winning chef, restaurateur, and food writer -- has long supported Larkin Street by teaching youth cooking skills.

Chef Patterson's work with Larkin Street youth inspired him to found The Cooking Project, a charity dedicated to giving children and young adults the skills to feed themselves delicious and healthy food. These cooking classes are held every other Monday at the San Francisco Cooking School.

Chef Patterson is widely known for his four restaurant locations in the Bay Area: the two Michelin starred Coi (2006) and Alta CA (2013) in San Francisco; Plum Bar + Restaurant (2010) and Haven (2011) in Oakland. In spring 2014, Coi was recognized among the World's 50 Best Restaurants (#49) and Daniel was awarded "Best Chef: West" by the James Beard Foundation. In 2015, he and LA chef Roy Choi will open the first location of a new type of fast food chain, Loco'l. Loco'l aims to redefine the fast food system through chef expertise and will offer affordable, wholesome, and delicious food in food deserts.

Larkin Street's Paving the Way event raises critical funds for San Francisco's most vulnerable homeless and at risk youth ages 12-24. The event is made possible by Larkin Street's generous sponsors, including: Mary Lester, CamberView Partners, Sharon & Craig McCollam, and Union Bank. Funds raised during this annual gala benefit Larkin Street's prolific continuum of services, including: housing, education, job training & assistance, support services, and medical programs. Larkin Street serves about two-thirds of San Francisco's homeless youth and is the primary provider of housing for transitional age youth in San Francisco. For every young person who exits street life, society saves more than five times the cost of long-term intervention.

The gala will be held at the Four Seasons San Francisco, March 4, 2015, 6:00 - 9:30 pm. For more details and to receive a press pass, contact Kathleen Stavis, (415) 673-0911 ext. 305 or kstavis@larkinstreetyouth.org

About Larkin Street Youth Services
Larkin Street Youth Services is the leading nonprofit in San Francisco empowering homeless and at-risk youth to get off the street by offering them confidence, skills, opportunities, and hope. Since 1984, Larkin Street has reached over 75,000 vulnerable young people, continuing to expand an innovative and award-winning model of housing, education, employment, and health services across San Francisco. Three out of four youth who complete the full range of programs at Larkin Street successfully exit street life. For more information, please visit www.larkinstreetyouth.org.

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