Dogwood chef/owner honored for philanthropy
The Dogwood's Galen Sampson will be honored on Saturday with an honorary doctorate from the Baltimore International College (BIC).
Soon after opening the Dogwood in 2006, with the help of an Open Society Institute-Baltimore Community Fellowship, Sampson created created the Dogwood Apprenticeship program, a "long-term, hands-on culinary training model to give people who were transitioning from rough periods in life a second chance."
Before opening his Hampden restaurant, Sampson was the executive chef at the Harbor Court hotel for ten years.
From the press release:
The Dogwood Apprenticeship program provides paid employment and training to individuals transitioning from underemployment, addiction, incarceration and/or homelessness. The goal of the program is to provide real-world practical training in a busy, high-quality restaurant and then to place apprentices in industry jobs that provide a living wage, benefits and a future.
Baltimore Sun photo of Bridget and Galen Sampson/Lloyd Fox