Jewish Family Services nominated Larry Wittenberg as their Superstar Volunteer to represent JFS at the judges’ table. He has been volunteering with JFS since July 2019 and his primary service has been Mitzvah Meals which are delivered once or twice a month. “It is so rewarding when you hand the recipients their meals and sometimes a pantry bag of fresh produce to help them”, Larry says. He has also volunteered at the Senior Resource Fair and traveled to several senior centers to help with Hanukkah presentations. The Triangle Chicken Soup Cookoff is thrilled to have Larry with us and say a big Kol Hakavod to him for all of the volunteer work he is doing in our community.
Executive Chef at Oak City Group, Reuben’s Deli, Oak City Catering, Bytes
Though Justin is new to Raleigh, he is no stranger to the food industry and has over 10 years of culinary experience with PF Changs as a Corporate Chef. He opened 13 new locations with the company before accepting a partnership at Fins Restaurant Concepts. Justin has now teamed up with Oak City Group here in Raleigh to open Reuben’s NY Deli, Oak City Catering, and coming soon – Bytes, an online food hall concept that delivers fresh meals to your door.
Tina has taken the idea of bringing PJ Library to the triangle area and made it a huge success. She has implemented PJ pop-ups and expanded outside of Raleigh-Cary to include programming in Raleigh, Morrisville, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Garner, Wake Forest, Knightsdale, Rolesville and Clayton. We are so excited to have Tina as a judge this year as representation for the Federation. She was one of our biggest supporters in making this event happen again.
Deputy Arts and Culture Editor at INDY Week
Sarah is Deputy Arts & Culture Editor at the INDY Week, where she helps cover the Triangle’s ever-evolving food scene. Previously, she lived in New York where she wrote, worked in the food industry, and worked at The New Yorker. Her heart has, however, always been in her home state of North Carolina, where she grew up eating and making chicken soup on a (very) frequent basis.