Fans, friends, and family paid a huge sincere tribute to DC Central Kitchen (and now L.A. Kitchen) founder and activist, world changer and just plain black-clothes-boots wearing-good guy, Robert Egger. Â Robert, known for his work in the food industry where he transforms individuals’ lives on a daily basis, as he teaches homeless people how to nourish themselves, trains them for a future position in the hospitality industry, and elevates them to a level of self-sustainability, is finally making the move back to his roots in So Cal. There, he is launching L.A. Kitchen where this time, while he will still care for the homeless, his focus will be more on the elderly. Â As baby boomers continue to get older, the type of nutrition and health needs are growing as well and are different then those of the younger generations. Â In L.A., he’ll concentrate on the power of food.Â
We watched videos of DC Central Kitchen’s employees bidding good luck and good bye, some of Robert’s past, including that of his being granted into Oprah’s Angeldom, and even a sneak peak of a film to be coming out that got us excited for the final project.
Those who took to the stage to offer their #lovebombs (official hashtag of the night) and homage to Robert, included MC the ever cool and beloved Jim VanceÂ from NBC4, Clyde’s Restaurant Group head Tom Meyer (also a very cool guy), Washington restauranteur Paul Cohn and Bill Couper, who ran Bank of America for decades in D.C., Dan Glickman and chef Barton Seaver, who gave a passionate fire and brimstone sermon about food and nourishing, Christoph Green and Brendan Canty, punk rockers gone mainstream gone filmmakers (brilliant sneak peak), the effervescentÂ Jose Andres, who also delivered quite a sermon from the mound of admiration and humble servitude (with his accent, which is quite delightful) and AARP’s Maxine Baker, who declared a $1 million endowment to start L.A. Kitchen off with its Chair of the Board, Jose Andres, and finally DC Central Kitchen President Mike Curtain andÂ Marianne Ali, of the Kitchen. Â Many staff members came up to read the declaration by the Mayor, Robert Egger Day. And we all celebrated. Â I think there were some champagne toasts and tequila shots involved …
Then Robert himself gave a humbling farewell, followed up with him baring his DC tattooed arm, which got him quite the standing ovation. Â Music followed and so did the drinks and party.
So, while DC says bye bye with tears, we at the Punch say let’s keep going together, we’ll be helping him out in L.A. with the Pacific Punch. Â More to come from Robert and L.A. Kitchen, Jose and many more. See you on the flip side Robert.
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.