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Indianapolis City County Councilor Honors Second Helpings Chef with Resolution

Thursday, October 13, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Thursday, Oct. 13



Contact: Sarah Stegmeyer



Indianapolis City County Councilor Honors Second Helpings Chef with Resolution

Judge Salinas and Treasurer Fuentes join in tribute to Chef Liz Giménez


INDIANAPOLIS, IN – In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association along with Marion County Treasurer Claudia Fuentes and Marion County Superior Court Judge Jose Salinas honored Chef Liz Giménez for her work at Second Helpings and throughout the community.

Authored by City-County Councilman Zach Adamson, the resolution highlights the many achievements and contributions Giménez has made since coming to the United States from Venezuela. 


“Chef Liz embodies all the values of true Hoosier hospitality,” said InRLA President & CEO Patrick Tamm. “She is someone who represents the wide community of immigrants that has chosen to make Indiana their home and because of her contributions, makes our city and state a better place to work, live and play.”


Born in the Andes and raised near the Caribbean coast, Chef Liz had her first stateside experience during a year-long high school exchange program. While earning her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Southern Oregon University, Giménez developed a passion for the culinary arts while assisting the pastry chef in the university cafeteria.


Giménez found herself returning to her passion for food through the Culinary Job Training program at Second Helpings. She was paired to work an event with renowned local chef Greg Hardesty, who was running his restaurant Elements – currently executive chef and owner at Recess. The two worked well together at the event, which led to a job offer for Gimenez to run Hardesty’s pastry department while his pastry chef took her maternity leave. After seven months of industry experience, Giménez returned to Second Helpings as an employee in the role of Kitchen Assistant. She was later promoted to Director of Hunger Relief, a role she has maintained for more than a decade.


In January 2016, Chef Liz accepted an adjunct professor position with Ivy Tech Community College, where she teaches safe food handling in addition to her duties at Second Helpings.


(Attached photo pictured left to right - Jennifer Vigran, Chief Executive Officer of Second Helpings; Nora Spitznogle, Director of Programs at Second Helpings; Patrick Tamm, InRLA; Chef Liz Gimenez; Claudia O. Fuentes, Marion County Treasurer)







Second Helpings volunteers and staff rescue prepared and perishable food from wholesalers, retailers and restaurants — preventing unnecessary waste. That rescued food is used to create 4,000 hot, nutritious meals each day that are distributed to 80 social service agencies that feed people in need.


The Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association represents more than 2,000 hotel and restaurant properties as well as industry-related service companies. It is these members that help make the hospitality industry the nation's largest private sector employer and one of the state's most politically active and public service oriented industries. Our members are the cornerstone of the Indiana community and the backbone of our state's economy.

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