Local chefs bring diversity to Quicken Loans Arena by showcasing their culinary skills

CLEVELAND - Quicken Loans Arena welcomes local chefs to showcase their talents in an effort to bring more diversity to the arena's kitchen.

Danielle Sydnor, who is with Cleveland's NAACP said her organization has partnered with the Cleveland Cavaliers to help promote minority businesses.

"We've partnered with the Cavs on several initiatives,” said Sydnor. "Because prior to last year, they didn't not have a lot of diversity in the kitchen, and so they were very receptive. We're all in this together."

Sydnor said the project is called Launch Test Kitchen. In December, she said the Cavs hosted a taste test where 18 chefs participated in the event.

The Cavs narrowed the field and then invited chefs to sell and market their food during games. Sydnor said chefs will market their menu for the next eight to ten home games.

"It’s great because it gives everybody a chance to show their background,” said Eric Roman, Owner of Cleveland Mofongo. “That’s the most amazing thing. It’s beautiful. My goal is to be a staple here, in Cleveland."

"This is my purpose. this is what God wants me to do,” said Tiwanna Williams of Pearl Flower Catering. 

"I’m self-taught. At the end of the day, it's about the food. It's not about if you're Latino, if you're African American, if you're white. More than I thought would happen this early in my culinary career for sure."

The chefs will be in section 126, starting Thursday, followed by the Cavs home game Friday.

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