After taking part in various ventures this year, chef Cyrus Keefer has made another move — away from the traditional restaurant kitchen and into a nonprofit group.
Keefer recently joined City Seeds, an arm of the Baltimore nonprofit Humanim that works to create jobs in the culinary industry for people with barriers to employment. Keefer is now the group's culinary director, overseeing its catering program, job training and pop-up events.
"I'm not just stuck at the stove anymore," he said at a Tuesday event for School of Food, another Humanim program that helps food entrepreneurs grow their businesses. City Seeds catered the event.
Keefer most recently headed Alewife's kitchen this summer. In the spring, he launched a private events and restaurant consulting business. He's previously held executive chef positions at restaurants including 13.5 Wine Bar, Fork & Wrench and Birroteca.
In his new role, Keefer said he plans to revamp City Seeds' catering offerings, and he wants to provide more opportunities for employees within City Seeds host their own pop-up events. The program employs about a dozen people, and Keefer expects that to grow to 30 or 40 in the next year.
The move to City Seeds filled Keefer's personal aspiration to do more mission-driven work, he said.
"I've always been itching for a mission myself," he said.