Our Catering Team Among Top Garden Gourmet Chefs


A Safe Haven Catering Team Featured Among Chicago’s Top Garden Gourmet Chefs at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show at Their Opening Night Gala Presented by Mariano’s

Chicago, IL – March 18, 2017.  At the Annual Chicago Flower and Garden Show themed “Chicago’s Blooming” flowers were not the only eye candy and delectable scent wafting through the air!  For the second year in a row, A Safe Haven Catering, a Chicago based social business enterprise sprouted from A Safe Haven Culinary Arts and Food Service Apprenticeship Job Training program, participated in the show.

A Safe Haven Culinary Team’s success stories were among the star studded culinary professionals which impressed both the charity gala attendees, and ‘Fleurotica’ 2017 Floral Fashion Show hosted by the Garfield Park Conservatory.  Some of Chicago’s finest attended the Opening Night event, and had an opportunity to experience exquisite cuisine from Chicago Top Celebrity Chefs.

A Safe Haven Catering Team menu included a Lollipop Lamb and a Sautéed Shrimp Filled Pastry Cup that delighted even the most discerning palates.  The event was well attended and included the likes of Chicago’s First Lady Amy Rule; Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, Navy Pier President, Marilyn Kelly Gardner; Fashion Designer to Former First Lady Michelle Obama, Maria Pinto; and the ubiquitous ABC7 Chicago Community Relations local media personality, Diana Palomar, who also served as a fashion model for the event, to name a few.

NeliandTony“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Tony Abruscato, President and Show Director of the Flower and Garden Show, and his team for inviting our top Chef Marshall Galbreath, and the A Safe Haven Culinary Team to again take part in this unique opportunity.  We are also very grateful to Sysco Foods for sponsoring our booth to showcase the Catering Team’s talent at the show for a second year.  I am extremely proud to support and promote our Culinary Team’s work among top business leaders. Every time a business in Chicago hires A Safe Haven Catering, not only are we giving people who have had barriers to employment a job opportunity, but we are providing the much needed resources to continue our efforts to support our successful job training programs.  Today, A Safe Haven Culinary Team is basking in the glow of tremendous pride from a job well done.  They heard firsthand the gushing remarks made by guests over their mouthwatering and delicious treats that brought them back for seconds and thirds.  We also noticed that A Safe Haven Catering Team had no leftovers!  Growing up in a family of seven that is considered a huge compliment to the Chef, stated Neli Vazquez Rowland, President of A Safe Haven.