Last year, the Keet Family of Taziki’s Mediterranean Café in Arkansas launched the HOPE Project (“Herbs Offering Personal Enrichment”) in partnership with ACCESS to teach individuals with special needs all aspects of the herb business, including transferable skills that help to prepare them for future job opportunities. Individuals at ACCESS plant basil, rosemary, cilantro and oregano on the Academy and Young Adult campus. where ACCESS’ largest greenhouse is located. Using a soil-less aeroponic growing system, plants to mature 30-50 percent faster than in traditional soil, allowing Taziki’s and other restaurants the ability to use locally-sourced, freshly grown herbs in their cuisine year-round.
Building on its partnership with and support for ACCESS, on February 20, 2018, from 5 pm to 9 pm, Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe located at 8200 Cantrell Road, will donate 25% of proceeds made during dinner service. This is part of the Keet Family’s “Year of Giving,” a concept that emerged from its tradition of giving and commitment to the communities it serves. For the duration of 2018, each month a different charity is featured and will receive 25% of all sales from related fundraising events. The proceeds raised for ACCESS on February 20th will help the organization in its mission to “expand individual potential through innovative instruction.”