Mashaye Barr, executive chef, T. Rowe Price is One of 26 B&I Foodservices Heroes recognized by Food Management for making a difference over the past year - CulinArt Group

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Mashaye Barr, executive chef, T. Rowe Price is One of 26 B&I Foodservices Heroes recognized by Food Management for making a difference over the past year

Owings Mills, MD, May 20, 2021

Nominator: John Drexel, Vice President, CulinArt Group

“Mashaye Barr cares deeply about the community and city in which she was raised. To that end, Mashaye spends a lot of spare time donating her culinary and other talents to various charities and causes that assist and support the homeless in the city of Baltimore.

When she is not overseeing daily meal production at T. Rowe Price and mentoring her staff, Mashaye is an Active Advising Board Member of DeaconChef Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve the homeless community in the Greater Baltimore area by providing resources for health, housing and hygiene that will renew hope for better living.

In 2018, Barr started working with DeaconChef Inc. to assist with Christmas service at the War Memorial Plaza in downtown Baltimore. She was then asked to join as an Advising Board Member, and she continues to support logistics for culinary events.

For example, on the day before Christmas Eve 2020, “I came into T. Rowe, managed my unit, and then went out into the field to serve Baltimore City with some of the most amazing chefs,” she says.

Their mission that day was to support the Franciscan Center and DeaconChef, both nonprofit organizations based in Baltimore, in ‘running’ the center’s first-ever ‘Serving ‘Round the Clock’ food marathon. From 8 a.m. Wednesday until 8 a.m. Thursday, the team of roughly 80 volunteers aimed to serve 2,500 meals. They ultimately delivered close to 2,000 meals, which included a Breakfast-Brunch (vegetable frittata, hash, sausage, and sunchokes) and an Overnight Dinner (brisket, BBQ chicken, Cornish hens, and sides). All meals were served at the Franciscan Center of Baltimore.

Barr spent many hours in the kitchen assisting in meal preparation while also providing the logistics and recruiting the chefs from around Baltimore and the D.C. area.

At other times, Barr took on the project of sewing 270-plus homemade face masks and distributing them to local Baltimore frontline workers, local small business restaurants, the Baltimore homeless population and church/charity collections.

Why is charity important to “’Chef ’Shaye,’ as she is known by staff members? ‘Because my family needed the same help in my earlier years,’ she says. ‘I understand what it was like to go to bed hungry. Everyone deserves a meal and to be served with dignity.’”

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What our clients are saying

“What a wonderful dinner we had tonight for our international families. The food was delicious and well presented as well.”

“Thank you for including me today in the food waste demonstration/[chef competition] and flattering me with the role of “judge.” I will proudly don the [Stop Food Waste Day] apron the next time I plan an “event” in our own kitchen. I think this is a very worthwhile cause and the statistics you read off are staggering. They, alone, can intimidate a home chef, let alone be the “driver’ for a professional one.”

“Thank you and your staff for all the care and thought you give CSW adults and students. You approach events with such care and elegance- I don’t know how you do it! Especially day after day. Please thank all your staff for their wonderful work and kind manner with all of us. Here is to a great year!”

“Many, and I do mean many, thanks for a great Parents Weekend.  I heard from so many happy parents and you all work very hard to make it happen.  In gratitude and kindness…”

“We are so thankful and so impressed by your immediate attention to our power outage. It was such a relief to see all the equipment and workers coming in within a few hours of the outage. Thank you for serving dinner to all [the] students in a very difficult circumstance. Please extend our thanks to your workers who braved cold weather to grill hamburgers and hotdogs.”

“With all the prep work from Winterim ramping up and classes continuing as usual, it's a busy time to be a Forman teacher. Imagine my delight, tired as I was, when I delved into the upscale-restaurant-quality chicken parmesan our dining hall served last night. Forman is all about support, and providing our students with a dinner of that quality is just as important a measure of support as anything that happens in a classroom.”

“I can’t thank your entire team enough for the outstanding service, food, displays, everything!  You are a master at detail, and because of that Adam and I were able to focus on the parents.  I know what a sacrifice pulling off a weekend like this means, we are so appreciative and grateful to you all for your talent and generosity.”

“I ALWAYS feel spoiled by the meal offerings at CSW (The Cambridge School of Weston) and am entirely grateful for it. As I eat today's delicious and lavish lunch (and think about yesterday's as well), I can't tell you how much I feel so well cared for here, both with the food and by the dining hall staff. CSW cares for us in so many ways, both big and small.”

“Thank You! Chef Budd [and team], you overcame a new online ordering system (and hundreds of labels daily!), provided creative and healthy menus, continued to connect with local farmers to incorporate locally sourced ingredients, and worked tirelessly to serve the school community on three campuses.  While it feels like you are all a little like the Wizard of Oz right now, working behind a curtain in a kitchen far away, we sense your smiles and your passion to deliver the best possible service during these trying times. We are all so grateful!”

“I will say that CulinArt has always been a very collaborative partner to T. Rowe Price, listening to our current needs and future goals and suggesting realistic and achievable strategies to meet those goals.  2020 was obviously no exception.  CulinArt also altered other areas of our OCS and pantry programs to create safer environments for all our associates. We can only thank you for your continued flexibility and innovative ideas through these difficult times.”

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