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Tap Into an Easy Way to Help Children in Need

Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:03 AM - Posted by Megan - (1) comment

Did you know that just $1 can supply a child with safe drinking water for 40 days? To help the millions in need, support the UNICEF Tap Project during World Water Week from March 19-23, 2012. It’s such a smart and simple concept—just pay $1 or more for the tap water you usually enjoy for free while dining out. With your donation, UNICEF will provide lifesaving water and sanitation to kids around the world.

Your $1 supplies a child with access to clean, safe water for 40 days, or 40 children with access to safe water for one day. Thousands of restaurants across the country are participating (click here for the full list), with notables in NYC including Annisa, Balthazar, Bar Americain, Colicchio & SonsL’Artusi, Rouge Tomate, Telepan and The Spotted Pig.

Since its inception in 2007, the UNICEF Tap Project has raised nearly $3 million in the U.S. and has helped provide clean water for millions of young ones globally. Now in its sixth year, the nationwide campaign aims to raise more than ever to help end the world water crisis.

Dine out, drink up and make a difference this week!

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Wellness in the Schools Annual Benefit

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 01:05 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Monday night, I had the privilege of covering the Wellness in the Schools Annual Benefit with Clean Plates founder, Jared Koch. My event recap below is featured on the Clean Plates website.

Did you know that more than 20% of students in NYC public schools are considered obese? Shocking, yet this was just one of many distressing statistics shared at Monday night’s Annual Benefit for Wellness in the Schools. Wellness in the Schools (WITS) is a New York City based non-profit that introduces healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life for public school children. Through partnerships with educational leaders, teachers, chefs, coaches, parents and kids, WITS creates hands-on programs such as Cook for KidsGreen for Kids and Coach for Kids, which help kids learn and grow.

Presented by WITS, in partnership with Chop’t Creative Salad CompanyTelepan, Cartoon Network and Edible Manhattan, the elegant event was held at the spectacular new Tribeca Rooftop at 10 Desbrosses Street in downtown Manhattan. Hundreds of guests enjoyed exquisite views (despite a fog-filled evening), sampled food from the city’s most celebrated chefs and sipped on a selection of wine and cocktails.

On hand to lend their support were renowned chefs Bill Telepan (Telepan Restaurant & Executive Chef of WITS), Michael Anthony (Gramercy Tavern), Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto), Alex Guarnaschelli (ButterThe Darby), Marc Forgione (Marc Forgione), Zak Pelaccio (Fatty Crab), and others from participating restaurants Alice’s Tea CupL’ArtusiAugustBabboBoqueriaCandle 79Cleaver Co. & The Green TableCommerceCraftDovetailEggL’EcoleLevain BakeryMagnolia BakeryPerillaSueñosThistle Hill and Tribeca Grill. Each prepared tastings of healthful signature dishes that showcased fresh, seasonal ingredients.

To help raise funding, Sotheby’s Vice Chairman Ben Doller hosted a live auction featuring one-of-a-kind items, including a dinner party at L’Artusi with Alec Baldwin and a private dinner at Red Rooster prepared by chefs Marcus Samuelsson (Red Rooster) and Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto). Clean Plates pitched in by donating books alongside a dinner for two at Rouge Tomate to the silent auction.

Bringing attention to the childhood obesity epidemic really resonated with the many parents and supporters that filled the room. Above all, the benefit supported the notion that delicious food can be nutritious and sustainable, and that sparking change in young kids can help them develop healthy habits for life. WITS is doing a fantastic job at inspiring the changes that NYC so desperately needs, one school at a time.

For more information or to lend support to this incredible cause, please visit

Fresh asparagus, goat cheese and pickled turnip crisp from Gramercy Tavern

L’Ecoles breadstick-skewered grilled shrimp over creamy white asparagus gazpacho

Organic BBQ beef tacos topped with queso fresco and pico de gallo from Sueños

Barbuto chef Jonathan Waxman grilled up organic chicken hot dogs with asparagus slaw

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