Category Archives: Benefit

Farm to Tray Live Twitter Chat

Farm to Tray is a dinner where New York City chefs create a sustainable menu with local ingredients donated by Whole Foods.  The dinner benefits Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, a NYC food program that serves over 1,000 meals a day to New Yorkers who are hungry or homeless.  Join a live Twitter chat about the event on Thursday, May 8, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Speakers include Sara Pandolfi, executive producer of the event, Chef Laurence Edelman from Left Bank and Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen’s Director of Operations, Michael Ottley.  Sara will discuss fundraising and philanthropy.  Chef Edelman will discuss #FarmToTray. And Michael will discuss the importance of Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen.

If you’d like to ask a question during the chat, you can do so during the show or before by emailing Colleen Tang at


New Taste of the Upper West Side


New Taste of the Upper West Side is coming up in May.  I’ve been to this event, and it is a great way to try food from the area’s top restaurants.  The 7th annual event runs from May 27th through May 31st.  It includes A-list talent such as Travel Channel’s Adam Richman and Food Network’s Alex Guarnaschelli, who will host Comfort Classics on Friday, May 30th, and TODAY show contributor and New York Knicks broadcaster Jill Martin, who will host Best of the West on Saturday, May 31st, with honoree Daniel Boulud.

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

Participating chefs include Jacques Torres, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Christina Tosi and many more.  Some of my favorite places will be represented, such as Gazala’s, Big Daddy’s, Treat House, Sugar and Plumm, The Meatball Shop, Bar Boulud, Blue Ribbon, Porter House NY and Rosa Mexicano.  I have yet to try Red Farm, The Smith, The Lincoln, THE LEOPARD at des Artistes and Parm, so it will be an opportunity to try them.  The event is presented by the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District, the area from West 67th Street to West 82nd Street, including the American Museum of Natural History and the New York Historical Society.  New Taste of the Upper West Side celebrates chefs in the area, and all net proceeds from the event go toward neighborhood projects.

Theodore Roosevelt Park photo used with permission

Theodore Roosevelt Park photo used with permission

World’s Largest Bake Sale

Today is the World’s Largest Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry to benefit the Food Bank for New York.  Kmart is teaming up with Food Network host Sandra Lee to host this event in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall.  Other participating chefs and food or TV personalities include Martha Stewart, Mario Batali, Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri, Dylan Lauren, Buddy Valastro, Wendy Williams, Ty Pennington, Rosanna Scotto and Food Network Kitchens.  Visit the bake sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today or participate online through May 31.

Love with Food

This month’s Love with Food has some items I’m excited to try.  It includes a truffle piglet from Hagensborg Chocolates, inka corn from Inka Crops, chocolate chunk cookie from Skeeter Snacks, mango pear pineapple from Fruit.0, mini crunch in cranberry almond from Mrs. May’s, turkey bak kwa jerky from Little Red Dot Kitchen, original mulling spices blend from the Aspen Mulling Co. and pumpkin spice tea from Stash Tea Company.

Love with Food

For every box they send, they donate a meal to someone in need. In November and December, they are donating two meals for every one box to food banks in the Hurricane Sandy hardest-hit areas of New York and New Jersey .

Hurricane Sandy Volunteers Needed

Operation BBQ Relief is coming to our area from the Midwest to help feed those displaced by Hurricane Sandy.  The non-profit is seeking volunteers.

Eat Down. Tip Up.

Eat Down. Tip Up. is a great way to help restaurants in lower Manhattan that lost a week of business due to power outages and flooding from Hurricane Sandy.  Eat at a downtown restaurant and double your tip.  You can upload a photo of your check and your tip to the site.

A Benefit for the Rockaways

To benefit those affected by Hurricane Sandy in the Rockaways, attend Meat and Liquor at Hudson Terrace, 621 W. 46th Street in Manhattan on Thursday, November 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  Tickets are $45.  There will be meat and 13 artisanal spirits with blind tastings.  All proceeds benefit the Rockaways.