MAR 23, 2021

HFM Ruby Connection: In the Kitchen with Chef Mike

Join HFM’s NEW women’s group, the Ruby Connection. Alternating between noon-1pm and 7-8pm the fourth Tuesday of the month, adult women in the bleeding disorders community will come together for an online social experience that will include an educational speaker or activity and connection with other women in the community. The group is open to women affected with a bleeding disorder or involved in the bleeding disorder community. There is no obligation to attend every month, come when you can.


TOPIC: In the Kitchen with Chef Mike 

Please join us as Chef Mike demonstrates how to prepare a delicious and nutritious meal. Our recipe will feature local Michigan maple syrup, in season mid-February to mid-March.

Chef Mike will demonstrate how to prepare a pan-roasted pork chop with mustard and maple glaze, paired with a shaved Brussel sprout salad including dried cherries, parmesan cheese, toasted almonds and apple cider vinaigrette.
Attendees will receive chef Mike’s original recipe and a maple syrup fact sheet. 


Mike Hargett is a professional chef, double transplant recipient, and person with hemophilia who lives by the mantra that his conditions don’t define him; he defines them. Growing up helping in the family-owned deli (which sparked his lifelong passion for cooking), Mike trained at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Portland and completed an externship at the Ritz Carlton in Maui which led to a variety of restaurant cooking opportunities. Currently, he works as a personal chef in the Pacific Northwest, but, more recently, Mike has gained fame within the bleeding disorder and transplant communities as a cooking demonstrator. In online sessions, Mike shares his enthusiasm for cooking and his “zest” for life as he elevates ordinary household ingredients into savory, restaurant-enviable meals in these interactive events. This experience has inspired Mike to set up his own non-profit where he helps persons with chronic conditions overcome the challenges of planning and preparing meals on their own. As the world’s first person with hemophilia to receive a heart and a kidney transplant, Mike’s positive attitude, good-humored personality, passion for cooking, and perseverance embody his spirit of “cooking with heart.


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