Founder Denise Cerreta Receives James Beard Humanitarian Award

Denise Cerreta, Founder of One World Everybody Eats, which is an international nonprofit supporting a network of pay-what-you-can Community Cafés that help alleviate hunger, is pleased to announce that she will be awarded the James Beard Foundation’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award. Dedicated to celebrating, nurturing, and honoring chefs and industry leaders among America’s food culture, the James Beard Foundation and these prestigious awards were created to recognize visionary individuals working in the food industry.

“I am beyond humbled and honored to be receiving such a prestigious award from the James Beard Foundation on behalf of OWEE,” said Denise Cerreta, Founder of One World Everybody Eats. “I gratefully accept the Humanitarian Award on behalf of all the visionaries behind our pay-what-you-can cafes; their communities, and all the board members of One World Everybody Eats. My hope is that this recognition will fertilize the seed in the hearts of others who also want to eliminate hunger.”

Established in 1990, with the first awards ceremony held in May of 1991, the James Beard Foundation Awards have been referred to as the “Oscars” in the epicurean world and showcase the country’s top culinary talent. Awards are given in numerous categories from chefs to restaurants, to books to journalism, to broadcast media and restaurant design, as well as lifetime achievement and humanitarian awards. Judges are chosen by the governing committee for each awards category and are all considered experts in their fields.

In 2003, One World Everybody Eats began as a simple offering in a small café in Salt Lake City, UT. Owner Denise Cerreta noticed her patrons were struggling to make ends meet, and in what she describes as her ‘field of dreams’ experience, she decided to begin letting them pay what they could for their meals. She realized that one in six Americans—50 million people—are food insecure, meaning families and individuals are accessing emergency food pantries, even scavenging or stealing, to meet their nutrition needs. To address this issue, OWEE supports a model of pay-what-you-can Community Cafés that helps communities alleviate hunger at the local level.

Since its inception, more than 60 cafés around the world have implemented the OWEE business model, including Panera Bread and the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation for which Cerreta provided café opening guidance. Dozens of cafés are currently in development.

Collectively, OWEE cafés have served almost 2 million meals, 30 percent of which are served to people of less means. Under OWEE’s business platform, each café is committed to serving appealing, nutritious, locally sourced meals with dignity to everyone while ultimately, changing communities and their perspective on hunger.




One World Summit 2017

One World Summit 2017

We have a great lineup of Speakers including:

Quentin Love, founder of the Turkey Chop Gourmet Grill in Chicago and a winner on Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games.

Joel Berg, Executive Director of Hunger Free America and author of All You Can Eat – How Hungry is America? is a national speaker on the topic of nonprofits and hunger issues. 

Annual OWEE Membership

Annual OWEE Membership

OWEE is an all volunteer organization and we have no major backers.  One of the major ways we fund our basic operating expenses is through Pay What You Can memberships.
Membership gives an individual or cafe access to the expertise, resources, connections, partnerships, and real world experience of the board and the other 60+ cafes in the network.
The dropbox files, the private Facebook page and other benefits are yours with membership.

OWEE Announces First Recipients of the Perroti Grants

A new refrigeration unit at Tulsa’s Table in Oklahoma was made possible by Perroti Grant funds.

The board of directors of One World Everybody Eats has announced five recipients of the Perroti Grants, made possible by a gift from a donor wanting to increase the amount of fresh food that cafes could make available to the communities and their customers.

The recipients are:

1. The Mustard Seed Cafe in El Paso, Texas.  They will use the money to provide free fresh food cooking classes, hands-on garden experience and walking shoes.  They already have a very nice community cafe garden where people can pick the food and then learn how to use it. They are located in a low-income area of El Paso and we loved this concept.

2.  ComeUnity in Jackson, Tenn.  They serve over 120 meals a day and have commitments from their local farmers of fresh food donations.  They will use the money to purchase extra refrigeration to store the abundance of fresh food.

3. Shore Soup Project in Rockaway, N.Y. This venture started as a response to the devastating hurricane of 2012.  One of our board members supplied his SouperVan for them to serve hot soup to displaced community members.  They continue to serve soup to their community from culled food and requested a $2,000 grant to help supplement buying extra fresh food for their soups.

4. Tulsa’s Table in Tulsa, Okla.  This group has been trying to open for years and has made a lot of headway this year.  They have partnered with a local church with a community garden that will supply fresh food for “pop up” community cafes starting this month.  They will use the money to buy a refrigeration unit to store the food.

5. Open Table in Owasso, Okla.  This is a new community cafe through the partnership of two local churches with the united cause of increasing food security. We have worked with the local visionary Melinda Foster for a few years and are excited to see her vision realized.  They planned to open mid-June and have an after-school safe space project for youth. They will use the money to buy either a cold prep unit or salad bar to provide after-school snacks for this project.