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Chef Shay Atkins Plans to Feed 5000 Needy Families with First Annual Creative Turkey Cuisine Fundraiser

CHICAGO, Nov. 18, 2011 — Chef Shay Atkins knows a thing or two about frying turkeys. In fact, she knows about 15 different things because that’s how many flavors her fried turkeys come in! From Jerk BBQ to Thai Coconut Curry to Peaches & Rum, Taco Fiesta or just plain old Southern Fried she may just well be the queen of turkey frying. As a young entrepreneur and owner of the Chicago-based Creative Turkey Cuisine (CTC) restaurant, Atkins has a huge holiday cut out for her. In addition to her holiday orders, she intends to give away over 1000 turkeys to needy families this season, feeding 5000 families.

With the launch of her First Annual Creative Turkey Cuisine Fundraiser, Atkins is offering the public several opportunities to assist with reaching her heart-inspired goal. Individuals can sponsor a family or families directly or donate to participating organizations and businesses who have committed to the CTC effort. In addition, organizations and businesses can select to become involved in the effort.

A budding businesswoman, Atkins was the grand prize winner of the Black Enterprise 2010 Elevator Pitch Competition for entrepreneurs. With a passion for helping people and feeding them great food she opened Creative Turkey Cuisine after her win. Creative Turkey Cuisine is the very first exclusive, all-turkey and vegetarian catering company and restaurant providing clientele with choices for a healthier lifestyle. Her 15 flavors of signature fried turkey are available for shipping during the holiday season and she has plans to open additional locations in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and California in 2012.

“Creative Turkey Cuisine was a vision that has been made a reality. Healthy food is a fabulous form of happiness and during the holidays, happiness and food are not things that everyone can take for granted. The Annual Creative Turkey Cuisine Fundraiser is another vision I am determined to make a reality. The goal is 5000 families but with a little holiday spirit, I’m hoping we can feed even more,” expresses Atkins.

Love in Action (http://www.loveinaction.org), with locations in Philadelphia, Orlando, San Diego and Chicago; the God Promise Ministry (http://godspromiseministries.net); WOW Women International (http://www.wowwomen.org); Billionaire Minds, which is focusing on feeding students; and Mikal Clay Hair Products are currently participating with Atkins campaign and accepting donations.

Creative Turkey Cuisine offers all the flavor, taste and creativity without the guilt – essentially, less sodium, fresh herbs, fresh produce and more taste. Turkeys are available in 15 gourmet flavors, fried in 100% peanut oil, vacuumed sealed in reheatable oven bags and packed with dry ice to ensure fresh delivery.

For an updated list of charitable organizations participating in the First Annual Creative Turkey Cuisine Fundraiser visit http://www.CreativeTurkeyCuisine.com. Organizations interested in participating may submit all requests directly to Email (subject line: Help Feed 5000 Families) or call 1-877-6-TURKEY (877-688-7539). Single-family orders may be made at http://www.CreativeTurkeyCuisine.com or by calling 312-870-0282.

Contact: Makeda Smith / 323-596-1522/ Email

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