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HUNGER NO MORE

May 20, 2011

Chefs and Mixologists Collaborate on Taste of the Nation NY – Monday, May 23rd
By Francine Cohen

What did you have for breakfast this morning? For lunch? For dinner? What was that midnight snack you scarfed down with some cocktails or a post-shift beer? Well, whatever it was its likely more food ingested at one meal than many underprivileged kids eat in a day.

Did you think about this fact as you slurped down those oysters, chomped on that bacon, or twirled the other end of your French fry in ketchup? Probably not. And, while we’re not here to make you feel guilty for enjoying the food you can afford to put in front of you, we’d love to have you think about what you can do to help put food in front of 17 million American children who are at risk of going hungry every day.

On Monday, May 23rd, join us for Taste of the Nation NY 2011 and put your ticket purchase to work towards an end to childhood hunger in America so that hungry children grow up to be well-fed productive members of society.

Maybe next year you’ll even join us by participating in the event, but first, we’d just love to see you there Monday night.

Here are some facts to consider:
Nearly one in four kids in America can’t count on having enough to eat. Their bodies may not be rail thin, nor their bellies bloated like their counterparts in other countries, but they’re at risk of hunger all the same. They lack the energy to learn, grow and thrive.
• More than 17 million kids in America are at risk of hunger. That’s nearly 1 in 4.
• 15.5 million kids in America live in poverty.
• 20.1 million children benefit from SNAP (food stamps).
• 19 million kids get a free or reduced-price school lunch on an average school day.
• Only 9.4 million kids get a free or reduced-price school breakfast on an average school day.
• Just 1 in 6 eligible kids get free summer meals.
Sources: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture; U.S. Census Bureau; Food Research and Action Center.

And here’s why your fellow chefs get involved:
Daniel Humm (Eleven Madison Park www.elevenmadisonpark.com), supporter since 2006, presenting the Humm Dog paired with a spicy michelada created by Jeff Bell of PDT, says, ‘There are so many opportunities in New York to work with countless charities. For me, Taste of the Nation is a chance for chefs and foodies to come together to raise money to end childhood hunger. It’s such a rewarding evening for everyone, I’m honored to be a part.”
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Features

WINNER TAKES ALL

May 10, 2011

Congratulations to the 2011 James Beard Foundation Award Winners
By Francine Cohen

Photo by Krishna Dayanidhi

While the outside world may view the James Beard Awards as the food industry’s Oscars or Emmys, those in the know who spent the night catching up with dressed up chefs, sommeliers, and restaurateurs affectionately refer to this annual event as the chef prom. And prom-like it is, with everyone in their finery and the king and queen (aka best chefs and best restaurants) crowned for all to celebrate as the dance party goes into the wee hours.

Here are this year’s winners. You may not know them all, but you should. They’re easy to spot – just look for the big bronze medal hanging off a striking yellow ribbon around their neck.

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Events

EAT WELL SO OTHERS CAN EAT TOO

May 10, 2010

Get your tickets to Taste of the Nation NYC
All photos by Karen Wise

Share Our Strength’s annual Taste of the Nation NYC(www.tastnewyork.org) event is just days (seven to be exact) away (May 17th at the Grand Hyatt 109 East 42nd Street, NYC). It’s not too late to get your tickets to this evening of fine food, spirits and wines that celebrates the best New York City chefs and mixologists have to offer as they gather to put an end to childhood hunger across America.

With an opportunity to sample tastes from over 50 of Manhattan’s top restaurants represented (including: Aquavit, Artisanal, Asia de Cuba, Bar Jamon, Blue Hill, Brasserie Les Halles Casa, Mono, Centrico, Dirt Candy, Eleven Madison Park, Felidia, Gramercy Tavern, Hill Country, ilili, Jean-Georges, Landmarc, Matsugen, Oceana, Picholine, Porter House, Pure Food and Wine, Rickshaw Dumpling Bar, Riingo, Rouge Tomate, Scarpetta, South Gate, Telepan, The Oak Room, The Stanton Social, Tribeca Grill), mix and mingle with the hottest chefs and mixologists, and bid on luxury epicurean and travel experiences this will once again be another memorable evening.

Last year thousands were raised to end childhood hunger but sadly the problem persists; join your fellow f&b industry colleagues to put an end to kids going to bed hungry once and for all.

For more information about Share Our Strength and Taste Of the Nation, and to purchase tickets go to: www.newyorktaste.org.

100% of ticket sales support Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger.

VIP Admission $375 7:00-10:30
Regular Admission $275 8:00-10:30
Power Couple Admission $1000 7:00 -10:30
Virtual Tables $7,500, $5,000 $2.500

*****INSIDE F&B readers get a tasty discount. Use code: NYCMAY for 20% off your ticket purchase.

Features

SERVICE WITHOUT A SMIRK

April 24, 2010

The Importance of Good Service in the Restaurant & Bar Business

By Patrick O’Neill

Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton

Customers love your food and drinks. Your atmosphere is inviting. Your prices are decent. So why aren’t people breaking down your doors every night? And why don’t you see more familiar faces at the tables or bar?

Duh! Maybe your service leaves a lot to be desired? Many restaurateurs and bar managers inexplicably forget the first rule of the business: great service lures customers and bad service scares them away.

Ming Tsai, chef/owner of Blue Ginger (www.ming.com) in Boston and host of the TV show “Simply Ming,” estimates that at least 70 percent of a great dining experience is due to the service, “As a chef, it’s hard to admit. Food is extremely important, of course, but you can have the most delicious food on the planet and if the service is inattentive or arrogant, it won’t matter. Those people won’t be coming back.”

Photo by Anthony Trieuli

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Events

DERBY DAY DRINKS RUN FOR THE ROSES

April 12, 2010

Innovative bourbon drink recipes will be put to the test at Eleven Madison Park

To celebrate the 2nd Annual Kentucky Derby Celebration, Eleven Madison Park www.elevenmadisonpark.com and Maker’s Mark Bourbon www.makersmark.com challenged bourbon lovers to create an original, Derby-inspired cocktail.

Looks like the winning drink is already out of the starting gate as recipe submissions for the Eleven Madison Park Kentucky Derby Cocktail Challenge were due 4/2. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the action.

The top contestants will be invited to prepare their cocktail for a panel of judges at the restaurant on April 20th and the winning cocktail will be featured at the Derby Party on May 1st.

Stay tuned to find out who gets to have their drink served at the Kentucky Derby Celebration www.kentuckyderby.com hosted by Esquire magazine www.esquire.com. The afternoon’s highlights include live Derby coverage, Chef Daniel Humm’s take on Kentucky-themed cuisine, a cigar lounge by Nat Sherman www.natsherman.com, live Kentucky bluegrass music, and much more.