Achieve announces two virtual cooking programs as part of its “Nights of 100 Dinners” fundraiser

From the Achieve Foundation

As part of its annual Nights of 100 Dinners fundraiser, Achieve proudly presents two fun and inspiring virtual cooking events this year hosted by chefs who are part of the South Orange-Maplewood School District community. Registrations are open and you are all welcome! Learn more or buy tickets for just $25 now at

Join Achieve on Friday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. for a family event Make your own pizza online food demonstration courtesy of Cooking with Jacob. Jacob is a 5th grade student at Seth Boyden who turned his love of cooking into a quarantine-inspired cookbook during the pandemic, and which in turn made him an internet sensation. This program is perfect for kids (and adults!).

Jason DeBriere

On Sunday, May 15 at 11 a.m., join fellow local celebrity Chef Jason DeBriere for Brunch Build a Cookie cooking lessons. Chef DeBriere has worked with renowned chefs in San Francisco and New York, cooked on television alongside Martha Stewart and, while working at Peels restaurant in New York, perfected a legendary brunch. When he’s not working as an R&D manager for the Tacombi restaurant group, Jason can be found cooking meals at home, coaching softball and being the father of his 1st and 3rd graders.

Achieve Foundation Executive Director Eileen Collins Neri said:We’re excited to try something different this year – new ways to bring people together over a meal to raise money for Achieve programs that promote high-quality public school education in our community.

And it’s not too late to host your own gathering (it doesn’t have to be a dinner party!) to benefit the students and educators of Achieve and SOMSD. The concept is simple: volunteer hosts open their home (or yard) to their friends and neighbours; in turn, their guests donate to Achieve. E-mail [email protected] to learn more.


The Achieve Foundation of South Orange & Maplewood is a registered 501(c)3 organization that promotes a high-quality education that prepares students in the South Orange-Maplewood School District for the future. We support our students, families, and educators by addressing inequality, inspiring innovation, and fostering community. Since 1999, Achieve has invested more than $4 million in programs that support public education in our two cities. To learn more, please visit