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“Just a Taste” cooking show to benefit PA hospitality, restaurant workers

A fundraiser next month will raise money to help out workers in a field especially devastated by the coronavirus pandemic—the hospitality industry.

Harrisburg University Presents is organizing “Just a Taste, The Great Pennsylvania Cooking Show,” an event that will feature four well-known PA chefs, as well as celebrity chef Roy Choi, co-host of Netflix’s “The Chef Show.”

The virtual Jan. 26 event will take place at the Hilton Harrisburg ballroom and will benefit the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association’s Hospitality Assistance Response of PA (HARP) fund.

“This event not only showcases the amazing talent of some of Pennsylvania’s most noteworthy chefs, it, more importantly supports personally our peers who have been so negatively affected by the pandemic-induced shutdown of our industry,” said Joe Massaro, general manager of the Hilton Harrisburg, in a statement.

Chefs from various regions of Pennsylvania will provide cooking demonstrations in front of a live audience assembled in the Hilton Harrisburg ballroom. Choi will share his talent from California and will participate in a question-and-answer session during the show.

“The hospitality industry is hurting desperately and financial support from the government is lacking, leaving hundreds of businesses and thousands of employees without a safety net,” said John Longstreet, president and CEO of the PRLA. “We are grateful to the organizers of ‘Just a Taste’ for contributing event proceeds to HARP so we can continue providing relief to frontline hospitality workers who have been impacted by COVID-19, through no fault of their own.”

The event begins at 7 p.m. on Jan. 26. Viewers can tune in and donate through the HU Presents website and Facebook page.

For more information, visit the HU Presents website. 

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