Our Community Involvement
DC Central Kitchen
DC Central Kitchen is America's leader in reducing hunger with recycled food, training unemployed adults for culinary careers, serving healthy school meals, and rebuilding urban food systems through social enterprise. Micheline Mendelsohn sits on the Board of Directors of DC Central Kitchen and Spike plays a very active role in all aspects of the kitchen's outreach to the community.
Michael Mosier Tribute Fund
Dedicated to a family friend whose 6 yr old boy, Michael Mosier, was diagnosed with DIPG, a very rare tumor in the brain stem. Michael was a smart, funny, driven, courageous boy, who brightened everyone's lives and battled DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma) a type of brain tumor, with bravery beyond belief, Michael will be missed by all those who had the fortune to know him. Each August sales of Michael's Birthday Special, which includes a Shroom Burger, Toasted Marshmallow Shake and Snack Fry, go towards helping find a cure for DIPG. In addition, many events throughout the year are held in Michael's honor and to raise money.
DC Food Policy Chairman
Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the appointment of Chef Spike Mendelsohn as the first chairman of D.C.'s Food Policy Council. This organization is tasked with promoting food economy and entrepreneurship, improving food access and equity in all eight wards, and promoting urban agriculture and production.
Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. Last year, CARE worked in more than 80 countries and reached more than 90 million people around the world.
Chef Spike Mendelsohn is proud to be a CARE Chef Aambassador. Through his work with CARE, Spike reinforces his commitment to sustainable farming, local product sourcing and serves as a champion for the rights of the poor and small holder farmers worldwide.
Children's Inn at National Institute of Health
The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health is a residential "place like home" for sick children and their families. Children come from across the country and around the world to stay together with their families in The Inn’s healing environment while receiving groundbreaking medical treatments at the NIH, the world’s leading biomedical research center. While the NIH takes care of the child’s medical needs, The Inn tends to the child’s heart, soul and spirit.