Julia and Chad Hoffer have shown unending generosity and love for UP from its inception. The fundraisers they hosted at Thames Street Kitchen, a Newport restaurant phenomenon they built from scratch, resulted in thousands of dollars in donations, all while fueling the belief in education for all. Universal Promise extends its warmest gratitude for their encouragement, energy, compassion, and friendship.
Julia Hoffer grew up in Newport, Rhode Island, and, after high school, she moved to Manhattan, where she earned her B.A. in Communications and Broadcasting from Fordham University. She worked as a television casting producer for ABC, Bravo, and National Geographic, and now produces television for The History Channel. Chad Hoffer grew up in Minot, North Dakota, and later moved to Manhattan to study culinary arts at The French Culinary Institute. He began his cooking career at NYC hotspot BLT Prime and later worked at BLT Market, Dove Tail, and The Standard Hotel.
In 2010 Julia and Chad moved to Newport and, together with Julia's twin sister and her husband, opened Thames Street Kitchen - a farm to table restaurant. Three years later, they joined forces with Julia's older sister and her husband and opened Mission - a renowned burger and hot dog joint. Most recently, the sibling trio launched Winner Winner, already a newport sensation, which specializes in chicken, delicious sides, and to-die-for biscuits.
Julia and Chad have one daughter, Pearl Lee Hoffer, and a dog named Chuck Taylor.