WomenCook! 2015 Menu Preview

Women's 11th Annual WomenCook! - Dining for a Difference Event

Menu Preview

Join Work Options for Women on April 27, 2015 for a one-of-a-kind menu prepared by some of Denver’s most renowned female chefs. Here is a sneak peak of some of the participating chefs and dishes they are preparing for this charitable event.

Letisha Steele
WaterCourse Bakery
All Gluten Free and Vegan
Lemon Rosemary Bars
Chocolate Eclair Cakes
Strawberry Rhubarb Tarts
Mary Nguyen
Parallel Seventeen and
Olive & Finch
Bulgogi Beef Lettuce Wraps, Pickled Vegetables and Granny Smith Apples
Dana Rodriguez
Work & Class
Citrus-Halibut Ceviche with avocado mousse and tortilla chip
Aniedra Nichols
Elway’s Cherry Creek
Roasted Beet “Tartare”, Carrot Top Pesto, Grilled Bread Crostini
Jennifer Jasinski
Rioja, Euclid Hall, Bistro Vendôme and Stoic & Genuine
Pea and Ramp Risotto
Salmon Tartare
Lisa Bailey
D Bar
Avocado Fondue with Buttery Brioche Crouton

WomenCook Tickets

Temple Emanuel
51 Grape Street, Denver CO 80220
Monday, April 27, 2015
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.


100% of the funds raised at WomenCook! 2015 goes toward helping Work Options for Women with their mission to help impoverished women gain the skills and confidence they need to work their way out of poverty and become gainfully and permanently employed in the food service industry.


You’re invited to a cooking class that benefits Work Options for Women
January Cooking Class

Chef Ian Kleinman has been described as a “Mad (Food) Scientist” and “A Modern Day Willy Wonka” in news stories and food blogs across the country. With his affinity for liquid nitrogen and belief that amazing food should also be entertaining, it’s no wonder why this chef’s catering business, The Inventing Room, is so popular.

Would you like an opportunity to see some of Chef Ian Kleinman’s molecular magic and possibly learn some of his best-kept secrets? Make sure to get your tickets to his cooking class this January at Café Options.

100% of the proceeds will go toward Work Options for Women mission to help impoverished women gain the skills and confidence they need to work their way out of poverty and become gainfully and permanently employed in the food service industry.




Chef Ian Kleinman
Chef/Owner of The Inventing Room
Monday, January 19, 2015
at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Cafe Options 1650 Curtis Street


Update: Raise $5,161 in 20 days

Thank you, for getting our campaign off to an amazing start!!

We can’t believe we are already over 58% funded after 15 days.

With the funds raised so far we will be able to buy an espresso machine for the new training station!! Thank you for believing in Work Options for Women and for being a part of our mission to empower under-served women through culinary job-training.


We need to raise an additional $2,168 in order to reach our goal of $5,161, which will allow us to complete the Barista Training Station at Cafe United. Please help us keep momentum going in the campaign by:

1) Emailing the campaign link, igg.me/at/WOWforSocialChange, to anyone who you think might be interested in contributing
2) Use the social icons on our campaign homepage to share through Facebook, Twitter, and Google+
3) Add a comment to our campaign homepage and share why you believe in this work!
Thank you again for your support and being a part of the WOW community. Here’s to a successful campaign!

With Gratitude,
-WOW Staff, Students, Graduates and Board Members

July Cooking Class at Little Man Ice Cream

Little Man and WOW

Jordan Stearns from Little Man Ice Cream
When: July 30, 2014 at 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Little Man Ice Cream’s Kitchen: 3216 Tejon St.

This class may prove to be our most fun yet. Little Man Ice Cream has invited us to their kitchen to see how they create their yummy ice cream flavors. Meet the staff and get a behind-the-scenes look at one of Denver’s most iconic ice cream shops while, of course, creating and eating ice cream.
Click here for more information

Proceeds from WOW Cooking Classes benefit Work Options for Women’s mission.

Non Profit Monday at Watercourse Foods

Image courtesy of WaterCourse Foods

Image courtesy of WaterCourse Foods


Please support Work Options for Women by dining at WaterCourse Foods on Monday, April 7th WaterCourse will donate a portion (10-15%) of the day’s sales to Work Options for Women.

The percentage donated to WOW depends on how many people come in, so please share this opportunity with your friends and family and help us pack the house! WaterCourse Foods is open from 11am-10pm on the 7th 80218.

We hope to see you there!




Thoughts on Sharing Food

Sharing lunch at WOW

Work Options for Women employees sharing lunch with U of U Alternative Spring Breaks volunteers.

Can you recall a memorable meal? I’m remembering one right now. I was seven years old, and we were having company. My mother put out a little of this and a little of that – olives, crackers, cheese, canned tuna, and pickles. I remember feeling so classy that night because I thought only very fancy people would have something as French sounding as hors d’oeuvres for dinner. Years later, I mentioned this to my mom and learned that it was memorable for her as well, but for a different reason. She told me how at the time we had no money and those many little dishes represented all that was left in our pantry that night.

Another meal that stands out was a first date who made reservations. No one had ever made reservations for me before, and coincidentally he was the one I married.

What is it about food that can bring us together and even make us fall in love? Thanksgiving, backyard barbecues, candlelight dinners, milk and cookies on the first day of school? Maybe it’s the way food helps us to engage our senses or maybe there’s some connection between nourishing our bodies and nourishing our souls. Perhaps it’s as simple as the way food gives us a reason to slow down and spend time with others. Whatever the case, this draw in humans to share food is universal. And, just this year, researchers discovered that it isn’t only humans who bond over food. Chimpanzees who shared food were found to experience a rise in oxytocin, the chemical released by hugs and the one that helps us fall in love with our partners and bond with our children. One interesting tidbit from this study was that it didn’t matter if the chimps were on the giving or receiving end, the oxytocin was released for all who shared. Another interesting finding was that sharing food was especially important for helping chimps to form new social bonds – so, maybe making reservations for a special first date really is a good idea.

Yummy, desset.

Cafe Options Cooking Class goers enjoying dessert with Pastry Chef Samm Sherman.

Food is a big part of our identity at Work Options for Women. For us, food is something everyone needs; and learning how to handle, prepare, and cook food gives our students a chance to become quickly employable in a way that enhances dignity and respect. There is an old cowboy saying that goes, “Only a fool argues with a skunk, a mule, or a cook.” And, it’s true. People instinctively recognize that those who prepare our food deserve to be honored, and being the one who brings the food instantly raises one’s status in a group.

Just as food bonds us together with our family and friends, food bonds Work Options for Women to the community. On May 5th, 2014, Work Options for Women looks forward to our 10th annual WomenCook! fundraiser. WomenCook! will celebrate all of this: the delight inherent in food, the company of good friends, and the way that food continues to create opportunity for our graduates to care for themselves and their families. Stay tuned for more about WomenCook!, and in the meantime, take some time to appreciate sharing a meal with the people you love.


WOW executive director set for radio interview

Next week, you can hear Work Options for Women Executive Director Catherine Henry on the airwaves.

Radio host Kathy Bacon, recognized as one of Denver’s “Top 150 Unsung Heroes,” will interview Catherine during the MileHi Internet Radio show “Pay It Forward” on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. MDT.

You can listen online at MileHiRadio.com or live on your Android or iPhone through the TuneIn Radio app. Plus, be sure to join us on Twitter at @WOWDenver for a live tweet session during the radio show with the hashtag #payitforwardwow.

Catherine Henry, WOW Executive Director Continue reading