Local Family Cooks Up Support During Difficult Times - PineCreek Journal

Local Family Cooks Up Support During Difficult Times

Thursday, May 14, 2020 | 2:26 PM

One local family is cooking up ways to help others. Sofya Stearns, the owner of Izabella’s Gourmet Chow, is raising money through her love of teaching kids to cook for the less fortunate.

Last month, through her Zoom group cooking lessons, students with their moms or grandparents by their side, raised money for the less fortunate families and children during this difficult time in honor of her late stepdad. Her daughter Izabella, who is in second-grade at Wexford Elementary, also helped support the cause.

By conducting the classthey were able to help out the families that were in need and also give her students a chance to get back into the kitchen. Izabella’s Gourmet Chow donated 35 percent of all the proceeds to the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank.

With the help of her students and parents, her donations were able to provide 600 meals to families through the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank in memory of Anthony Dann.

“From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank my wonderful, loving students, my followers for participating,” said Ms. Stearns. “I was so pleased to see such an amazing turn out for this class. By creating this event for the kiddos who were so eager to cook again, I realized that we can help many families to put food on their table. As a member of the Pittsburgh community, I have an obligation to help during such sad and unpredictable times.”

Ms. Stearns also hosted a Mother’s Day class to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House, she donated 50 percent of her proceeds and was able to raise $193. The next Cooking event is dedicated to Father’s Day with a donation to Jeremiah’s Place.

For more information, visit www.Izabellasgourmetchow.com or Izabella’s Gourmet Chow FaceBook.