Ben's Friends, Steve Palmer and Mickey Bakst's addiction support group, expands to Raleigh

So proud of our friend Scott Crawford for starting a chapter of Ben's friends in Raleigh

Four months after Indigo Road's Steve Palmer and Charleston Grill GM Mickey Bakst started the addiction support group Ben's Friends, Chef Scott Crawford of Crawford & Son has expanded the program in Raleigh. 

Crawford, a close friend of Palmer and Bakst, says starting his own branch of Ben's Friends was part of the plan all along, he just had to find the time after opening his new restaurant.

"I was in those early conversations with Steve and Mickey. I remember Steve saying, 'I want to do something.' I said, 'I want to do something.' Mickey said, 'I want to do something.' Finally Steve said, 'We're doing it.'"

After participating in Charleston's Ben's Friends meeting while Crawford was here for Charleston Wine + Food, he says he couldn't wait any longer. 

"I walked out of that meeting so inspired," he says.

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Jaci Lund