Meals from the Heart

Chef-led Experience with Chef James.

A simple meal can provide significant comfort for families after an exhausting day at the hospital. We invite you to visit us and prepare a hot, delicious dinner for our families with our amazingly talented chef, Chef James.

Experience the excitement of cooking with a professional chef, with the bonus of helping families in need. Whether you’re looking for a team-building activity for colleagues or a fun way to give back with friends and family, our NEW chef-led experience with Chef James is a great way for groups to be part of our mission and serve families. As a Meals from the Heart volunteer, you provide so much more than food. You provide families with a sense of comfort and community.

To participate, groups give a $300 donation to support our meal program.

Chef James will:

  • Conceptualize the menu
  • Shop for the ingredients
  • Provide a chef-led experience for your group

Your group will:

  • Prep and cook a meal with Chef James
  • Serve the meal to families staying at RMHCK
  • Clean and pack-up leftovers
Dates Available Meal Number of Cooks Arrival Time Serving Time Clean-up Time
Saturday – Wednesday Dinner Up to 8 4 PM 6 – 7 PM 7 – 7:30 PM

Meal: Dinner
Dates Available: Saturday – Wednesday
Number of Cooks: Up to 8
Arrival Time: 4 PM
Serving Time: 6 – 7 PM
Clean-up Time: 7 – 7:30 PM

Meet Chef James

Chef James graduated with a B.A. in culinary management from the International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. He’s been cooking for 14 years and was the Executive Chef at Whiskey Dry by Ed Lee and Sous Chef at Milkwood. Most recently, Chef James served as the Culinary Liaison to The LEE Initiative.

“I am excited to serve and help others serve our guest families. I look forward to assisting you with this in any way I can, and if I can show you a chef trick or two, then that’s all just a bonus.”

Our Volunteers LOVE Meals from the Heart!

We’d Love to Hear About Your Experience!

  • Share your photos and experience with us!
  • Tag us on your social media – @rmhckentuckiana #LoveServedDaily #MealsFromTheHeart #ChefJamesLou
  • Send an email, photo, or video to April at april@rmhck.org and share a little about your experience.
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Meals From The Heart With Chef James

Chef-Led Experience

Please fill out the form below to request a date for our Meals From The Heart With Chef James, a chef-led experience. You will receive an email within 2 business days to confirm your date. Once your date is confirmed, you will receive a link to make your $300 donation.

Click here to read our Meals From The Heart With Chef James guidelines. 

As a reminder, your date is not confirmed until a staff member reaches out to you. 

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One-Time Volunteer Sign-up

Thank you for giving back to RMHCK families!

Please fill out the form below to receive more information or to sign-up your group up for a one-time volunteer opportunity. Someone on our team will reach out within 2 business days to schedule your date. Thank you!

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Madison Weiter

Volunteer Coordinator

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Grace Hargreaves

Program Coordinator

Hello!! I can help answer questions you may have about participating in our Adopt-A-Meal or hosting an activity for our families.

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