Press Release: Project Angel Heart names Brandon Foster as Executive Chef

DENVER—April 12, 2016—Project Angel Heart, a local nonprofit that provides high quality, medically tailored meals for people with life-threatening illnesses, has announced that Brandon Foster will be joining the organization as its executive chef. Foster, who is currently executive chef at Vesta Dipping Grill, will be phasing out of his role at Vesta over the next several weeks. He replaces executive chef Jon Emanuel, who is retiring after ten years with Project Angel Heart to open a bed & breakfast in Missouri.

“Brandon brings a wonderful mix of kitchen management experience and culinary creativity to our organization,” said Erin Pulling, Project Angel Heart president and CEO. “He also comes with a strong network in the food and beverage industry and a heart for using his culinary talent to help others, something he has already been doing for years.”

Foster has worked at Vesta Dipping Grill since 2005, starting out as a line cook and landing the executive chef role in 2010. Under his leadership, the restaurant, an area favorite since 1997, continues to receive “best of” recognition in local press as well as nods from national publications like Wine Spectator. Foster himself has received accolades for both his culinary talent and his philanthropic involvement. He has participated in numerous local and national fundraising events and has been invited to cook for James Beard Foundation events around the country.

At Project Angel Heart, he will be responsible for menu development, budget and kitchen inventory management, and oversight of a team of chefs and volunteers responsible for preparing meals for more than 1,100 people each day. He will also represent Project Angel Heart in the culinary community and help launch new mission-driven programs.

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About Project Angel Heart

Project Angel Heart, which celebrates its 25th birthday this year, prepares and delivers high quality, nutritious meals, free of charge, to improve quality of life for people coping with cancer, kidney disease, HIV/AIDS, and other life-threatening illnesses. This year, the organization will serve more than 2,800 people living in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs. Coming up soon: Project Angel Heart’s largest annual event, Dining Out For Life®, takes place April 28, 2016. More than 250 restaurants and breweries in the Denver metro area will participate by donating 25 percent of sales on that date to Project Angel Heart. For more information, visit:

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