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Support First Responders This Holiday Season with CHEFSGIVING 2020

Dec 09, 2020 10:06AM ● By Fran Miller

Jason and Michelle Glover, Chef Jim Modesitt, and TV host Liam Mayclem have deep roots in the Northern California community and each leapt into action when the severe devastation from the recent wildfires became evident. Each an avid cook and/ or involved in restaurant-related charities and organizations, they created ChefsGiving 2020, a virtual video cookbook curated with recipes from some of the top chefs and mixologists around the country. The videos are intimate cooking lessons primarily filmed in chefs’ and bartenders’ home kitchens. 

Contributions to ChefsGiving 2020 will support First Responders in our communities and those battling the wildfires of 2020, supporting two organizations, The Gary Sinise Foundation and The Tiny Pine Foundation. ChefsGiving 2020 is a socially-distanced way for family and friends to experience new flavors and dishes this holiday season, even if you can’t be together in person. ChefsGiving 2020 is also the perfect gift to give others.

Participants include:

●      Chef Jacques Pépin

●      Chef Marcus Samuelsson

●      Mixologist Phil Wills

●      Chef Ryan Scott

●      Chef Dominique Crenn

●      Chef Tanya Holland

●      “The Red Rocker” Sammy Hagar

●      Chef Andrew Zimmern

Partnering with Williams Sonoma, the ChefsGiving 2020 collection is available here throughout the holidays. Sneak peeks of the videos are also teased on Instagram and Facebook.


The Gary Sinise Foundation was established under the philanthropic direction of actor Gary Sinise, an advocate of nearly 40 years of the nation’s defenders. The Gary Sinise Foundation’s mission is to serve the nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. The Foundation’s programs, designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities, serve America’s heroes and their loved ones 365 days a year. 


The Tiny Pine Foundation materialized out of the great need for affordable, safe housing for those impacted and devastated by the wildfires in the Western US. CEO Alyssa Nolan-Cain has since successfully built over 20 Tiny Homes along with hundreds of volunteers, secured grants and donations, and led countless wildfire relief events. The Tiny Pine Foundation has future plans to build Tiny Home Villages in multiple locations and has already extended its relief efforts to Oregon. 

Through the support of ChefsGiving 2020, The Tiny Pine Foundation will be able to broaden its reach, house additional fire survivors including Wildfire First Responders (each tiny home costs $7,000 to build) and provide Community Outreach/Training so other communities across the country can learn how to support their communities and First Responders with similar relief. 


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