Restaurant CEO Honors Anthony Bourdain for Sharing 'American Dream' by Donating to Suicide Hotline -
Jason Wang owner of XiAnFamous Foods recalls how Anthony Bourdain helped family business
Anthony Bourdain and Jason Wang.
. People have been paying tribute to the chef with reminders and support for mental health awareness and by discussing his legacy as a chef and writer.
Among them is Jason Wang, the CEO of Xi'an Famous Foods, who shared the deep impact Bourdain had on his family and business in a touching social media post.
"Today's a day of extreme sadness for us here at Xi'an Famous Foods. I've lost a dear friend today, and we mourn with the rest of the world," he wrote.
Wang shared his first impression of Bourdain. "I remember the time in 2007 when Tony first visited our basement food stall in Flushing for Travel Channel's 'No Reservations' while I was still in college (even though I didn't know who he was at the time)," he wrote. "I remember my father preparing interesting off-menu dishes to get his opinion on when he visited our store."
Getting a positive review on "No Reservations" changed everything for Wang's family.
"It helped bring our family out from living in one room in Flushing to living the American dream," Wang said of being featured. "We were able to grow our business and provide great food for our guests, and opportunities for our employees."
After a joint interview in 2015, Wang reminded Bourdain of this.
"I looked at him in the eyes and said, this is something we will always be thankful for, Tony," Wang wrote. "And he simply replied, 'I'm just calling out good food like it is, that's all.'"
Wang concluded his post by announcing that Xi'An Famous Foods will be donating 100% of its net sales on Friday to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
"Please cherish all of our lives and help those who may be struggling. Rest in peace, Tony, and the most sincere condolences to Tony's beloved family," he wrote.
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If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or has had thoughts of harming themselves or taking their own life, get help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, as well as best practices for professionals and resources to aid in prevention and crisis situations.
Video: Restaurant owners are donating to suicide prevention in honor of Bourdain
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