Monday, August 30, 2010

Chappy finds inspiration in community service beyond Nashville

Transplanted Gulf Coast chef John Chapman seems to defy the conventional wisdom in Nashville since the May floods that no one responds to volunteer in crises like Nashvillians:
CHAPMAN: ...With Gustav last year, Hurricane Gustav, and everybody was having to evacuate, and here I was up here, nothing. I called every one of my friends, offered to put them up, I’ll put you up, so forth like that.”

After surviving some 60 hurricanes over his lifetime, Chapman says it was odd not being there to help his neighbors.

CHAPMAN: “You help them board up and they come by your house and board up and maybe you go get a bite to eat together. It’s just such a different environment here, completely.”

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