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Patachou Foundation highlights organization using food to empower youth

It’s more than just a grilled cheese “sammich”! Matthew Feltrop, executive director of The Patachou Foundation, is grilling us up some gooey goodness, while telling us about the incredible work the foundation is doing to help feed at-risk and food insecure children within the Indianapolis Community.

There’s also a big event coming up! The 3rd Annual Patachou Foundation Speaker’s Forum is February 18th at 7PM at Park Tudor High School. This year’s guest speaker is Jordyn Lexton, founder of Drive Change, which operates a locally sourced food truck that hires, teaches and empowers formerly incarcerated youth. Like The Patachou Foundation, Jordyn sees food as a powerful equalizer that broadens access to opportunities. Jordyn will be introduced by Mayor Joe Hogsett. 100% of proceeds from the event will go back to The Patachou Foundation, which feeds wholesome meals to food-insecure school children in our community while teaching them to create healthy habits. The post-event dinner is on a waitlist, but the ticket levels are as follows: $50 for General Admission, $200 for Pre-Event Reception + GA, $250 for Post-Event Dinner + GA (note that Post-Event Dinner is on a waitlist).

Snowday Food Truck Grilled Cheese Patachou Style

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• White Bread

• White Cheddar

• Indiana Bacon-Infused Burton’s Maple Syrup

The Patachou Foundation Founded in 2013, The Patachou Foundation feeds at-risk and food insecure children within the Indianapolis community. While feeding, The Patachou Foundation also seeks to increase children’s awareness, knowledge and enthusiasm about what they are eating. Thus far, The Foundation has prepared and served more than 16,500 meals to food insecure children and has taught 700 student hours with a focus on healthy food choices.

Patachou Inc., formed by Martha Hoover in December 1989, operates multiple restaurant concepts in the Indianapolis area: Cafés Patachou, Petite Chou Bistro and Champagne Bar, Napolese Artisanal Pizzeria and Wine Bar, Public Greens an Urban Kitchen Greens and Grill and also a 501c3, The Patachou Foundation, which serves healthy after-school meals to at-risk and food insecure children. The vision for Patachou Inc. is to be best of class by practicing superior customer service, leadership excellence, sustainable business practices, and relevant, original branding. Patachou Inc. is a collection of authentic, boutique restaurants committed to unapologetically being the industry benchmark in quality, service and the built environment. All locations offer catering, carryout and private party buyouts.

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Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.