The Neighborhood Cooking Foundation

Bringing an hour of dignity and good food to those who find too little of both in their lives

About Us
The Neighborhood Cooking Foundation is a group of dedicated volunteers from in and around the neighborhoods of Seattle and the Eastside who are looking to provide the homeless community of Seattle with fresh, restuarant quality, home style meals.  All the food preparation for the homeless takes place at either St. Clouds Restaurant or the Madrona Presbyterian Church, both located in Madrona,  and is led by local chefs.  Currently we meet every third Wednesday of each month at St. Clouds Restaurant and cook to serve Tent City 3, Peace For The Streets, Jubilee Women's Center, Men's Inn Downtown, the YWCA Opportunity Place and YWCA Women's and Children's shelter downtown. We also meet the first Saturday and Sunday of every month and the second Saturday of each month as well.  On these cooking days we serve Tent City 3 and Operation Sack Lunch Outdoor Meal Site located on 6th and Cherry.


John Platt - Founder/Lead Chef

John is the Chef and Co-Owner of St. Clouds Restaurant located in the neighborhood of Madrona. He has been cooking for the homeless since 2001 bringing his unique home style food to those most in need.

Darren Pritt - Founder/President

Darren, formally of Attachmate Corporation, has been a resident of Madrona since 1993. He is the Associate Head Coach of both the boys and girls tennis teams at Garfield High School. He is also a Board Member and Treasurer of The Friends of Lewis County Animal Shelter.

Eckert White - Lead Chef

Eckert is a Deacon and Cook for the Madrona Presbyterian Church, where he has been a member since 2003. He was formally a black history teacher in Virginia after graduating from the University of Virginia. Upon moving to Seattle, he followed his passion for cooking by completing the Food Services Management Program at Renton Vocational Technical College. While working as a cook in Seattle at various institutions, he continued his education by earning a Masters degree in Theology from Seattle University. He became a licensed minister in 2002. Eckert was instrumental in the creation of the new kitchen at the Madrona Presbyterian Church.

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