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Sonoma County’s Evelyn Cheatham Named Woman of the Year

Worth our Weight Cafe's Evelyn Cheatham has been named Woman of the Year by Congressman Mike Thompson for her efforts to help at-risk youth in Sonoma County

Evelyn Cheatham talks with friend Penny Ferry, at Worth Our Weight Cafe in Santa Rosa. It was Cheatham’s 25th and final year leading the effort. BETH SCHLANKER / The Press Democrat
Evelyn Cheatham talks with friend Penny Ferry, at Worth Our Weight Cafe in Santa Rosa. It was Cheatham’s 25th and final year leading the effort. BETH SCHLANKER / The Press Democrat

If there’s a patron saint of aspiring culinary talent in Sonoma County, it’s Worth Our Weight’s Evelyn Cheatham.

The tireless chef who founded Santa Rosa’s training program (and restaurant) for at-risk kids in 2006 was been named a “Woman of the Year” by U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson on March 1, 2016.

In honor of Women’s History Month, she was one of five “extraordinary women” representing each of the five counties Thompson represents. “They are leaders in their community and thanks to their efforts, our communities are stronger today,” said Thompson. Other honorees included Linda Parks of Napa’s Lixit Animal Care Products, Vallejo Together’s Maria Guevara of Solono County, Lake County businesswoman Monica Rosenthal and Contra Costa businesswoman Josephine Orozco.

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15 thoughts on “Sonoma County’s Evelyn Cheatham Named Woman of the Year

  1. Congrats to you Evelyn! Could not have gone to a more deserving person. I had the privilege to be in her knife skills class at the JC, such a kind and funny Lady!

  2. Chef, you’re inspiring, amazing, delightful, and one of the most energetic people I know. It’s takes special gifts to motivate and boost young people to success.

  3. Evelyn,
    You SO deserve this! So happy to hear that all your hard work is being recognized! You’re one of those teachers in my lifetime who did change how I see a part of my world for the better, and for that I will always be grateful. I hope you continue to have success in your endeavors.

  4. YOU ROCK EVELYN!! Thank you for all of your beautiful, hard work! Can’t wait to see you in October 🙂

  5. Congratulations! Well deserved recognition for your commitment to at risk youth and your loving generosity and support of the community.

  6. Chef Evelyn, it’s so good to see you recognized for your contributions to the youth of our community. Thank you!

  7. Big hugs and kisses. It’s people like you that keep me believing.
    We are all blessed to have you in our lives.
    Much love and respect to you.

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