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Some of New York City’s top chefs have taken on the 100 Mile Menu Challenge to fight hunger. Their task? To create a delicious tasting menu using only ingredients sourced within 100 miles of Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen.
On May 16th, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen—the largest emergency food program in New York City—will host From Farm to Tray, a sustainable food benefit to raise much needed funds before the busy summer season. This cocktail reception and celebration will feature the locally-sourced, “100 Mile” dishes from participating chefs Colt Taylor (One If By Land, Two If By Sea), Kevin Lasko (Park Avenue Spring), Kurt Kretschmar (Cocktail Caterers), Preston Madson & Ginger Pierce (Freemans, Peels & Isa) and Yvan Lemoine (Season 8 Food Network Star Finalist), with a VIP cocktail hour hosted by executive chef Norma Jean Darden of Spoonbread.
Like the hungry NYers who eat at the soup kitchen every day, From Farm to Tray guests will dine in the beautiful landmark Holy Apostles Church, a sanctuary that New York Times journalist Anna Quindlen dubbed “the most majestic dining room in New York City.”
Join me on May 16th at 7pm for this uniquely delicious fundraiser to benefit fellow New Yorkers in need. Tickets are available here. Hope to see you there!
All you need is a glimmer of hope to help make a difference. On Thursday, May 3, the American Cancer Society will host the 7th Annual Taste of Hope event, which brings together hundreds of New York’s food enthusiasts and the city’s most notable chefs. Taking over the sprawling space at 82 Mercer in Soho, this year’s gala will honor celebrity chef Todd English for his dedication to the cancer research community.
Guests can sample dishes from dozens of NYC’s hottest restaurants, including Beauty & Essex, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Ça Va Brasserie, Coppelia, Delicatessen, The Harrison and Empellon, sip Italian vinos from Vinitaly, creative Stoli cocktails and Nespresso beverages, and mingle with acclaimed chefs Jimmy Bradley, Michael Ferraro, Julian Medina, Eric Levine and many others.
Festivities will also include a silent auction featuring a variety of exceptional items and experiences. Wouldn’t you love to score an Iron Chef-style dinner for four prepared by chef Marc Forgione, dinner for two at the James Beard House, or a luxurious week-long stay in Los Cabos? And with all event and auction proceeds going to the American Cancer Society, it’s a win-win for everyone involved.
Join me in supporting ACS in their mission to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. Tickets are still available and can be purchased here. Stay connected on Twitter @ACSTasteofHope and see you next Thursday!
Image courtesy of Taste of Hope
There’s nothing better than eating, drinking and hanging out with friends—especially for a fantastic cause. On Tuesday, April 24, join award-winning chef and Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio for the 16th Annual Toast to the Children. Hosted at Colicchio’s elegant Riverpark restaurant, this premier food and wine tasting event raises money for the pediatric programs at Bellevue Hospital.
Enjoy the gorgeous waterfront space as you mingle with celebrity chefs and fellow gourmands, savor signature dishes from NYC’s finest restaurants—including Barbuto, Blue Smoke, Colicchio & Sons, Craft, Hearth, Pearl Oyster Bar, Perilla, Saxon + Parole and The Hurricane Club—and sip hand-selected wines from sommelier and James Beard Award nominee, Paul Grieco. This year’s gala will also honor celebrated chef Marcus Samuelsson, for his contributions to the culinary world and his philanthropic endeavors, as well as TODAY Show co-anchor Al Roker and senior producer Jaclyn Levin for “Al’s Book Club for Kids.”
Image courtesy of RiverparkNYC.com
The stage is set for an electrifying evening event on Monday, March 26 at 7 pm. Join celebrated chef Scott Conant, of Scarpetta restaurants and Food Network fame, as he hosts a night of fine food and entertainment to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Guests will savor three hours of soulful Italian cuisine (from antipasti to dessert and everything in between), free-flowing vino and spirits, a silent auction and cabaret-style theatrics from some of Broadway’s shining stars.
Performers include Bethany Moore of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” Marty Thomas of “Wicked,” Tituss Burgess of “The Little Mermaid,” Renée Marino of “West Side Story,” critically acclaimed recording artist Kelly King, GLAAD Award winner Wilson Cruz, and many others.
Chefs Onstage was created by Scarpetta bartender and actor Beau Speer and his SpeerArts Productions. Play a leading role in supporting this incredible cause, while taking in dinner and a show at acclaimed hotspot Scarpetta, by purchasing tickets at SpeerArts.com — or act fast to take advantage of this TimeOut NY discount offer.
For more information about Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, click here.
Images courtesy of SlashFood.com and SpeerArts.com.