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November 14, 2012

The Cocktail Guru and WNBC Anchor Contessa Brewer bring you Bloody Marys to help the hurricane hangover
By Francine Cohen

Thank goodness it’s not often that a storm of Sandy’s magnitude bears down on the NY region like it did, leaving destruction and chaos in its midst. But when it does it is nice to know that there is a game plan in place and a delicious way to help your neighbors get back on their feet.

It’s also nice to know that the hospitality industry and our local media care as much about their guests and viewers as they do about their own friends & family. It is why, before the storm even hit, Jeffrey and Jonathan Pogash of The Cocktail Guru ( collaborated with Contessa Brewer of WNBC and member of the Centennial Circle of the American Red Cross Greater New York Region to create a fundraising luncheon titled, “Variations on a Bloody Mary.”

Jeffrey Pogash notes, “Many of our fellow citizens of the Greater New York Region have suffered devastation to their homes and desperately need food, water and clothing. Jonathan, Contessa Brewer and I, organized this Red Cross benefit prior to the disaster, but have asked the American Red Cross to direct the proceeds from the sale of tickets to Hurricane Sandy relief (

The event, to be held this Sunday, November 18th, from noon-2 PM at the Empire Room in the Empire State Building (350 Fifth Avenue –, offers a fine luncheon, a selection of three Bloody Marys and the knowledge that your $35 ticket price goes directly where it is most needed right now.

Jonathan Pogash concludes, “Our Bloody Mary Brunch to benefit the American Red Cross NY region is of particular significance now that Hurricane Sandy reliefs are under way across NYC. We’ve ensured that 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the hurricane relief efforts. As hospitality industry professionals, we know how important community and support is within the city, so we are hoping to do whatever it is that we can to help those in need during these hard times.”

Won’t you join them for a Bloody Mary? Tickets are available at



November 5, 2012

Top Chef Alums unite in NYC to raise money for Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief
By Francine Cohen

Back in 1971 in Washington, DC a soup kitchen opened its doors to neighborhood homeless people. Called So Others Might Eat (SOME) this non-profit organization was incorporated to help deal with poverty in our nation’s capital and provide food, clothing, and health-care services to the poor and homeless. In addition, SOME provides job training, counseling, and low-cost housing, and other services to “break the cycle of homelessness.”

41 years later, thanks to Hurricane Sandy, New York and New Jersey residents may find themselves in the same sort of dire circumstances for which SOME was founded.

To help make sure this doesn’t happen to your neighbors, consider joining these Top Chef chefs for a benefit dinner this evening.

Host chef, Angelo Sosa of Anejo ((@AngeloASosa – comments, “The devastation from this storm is heart-wrenching and we are passionate about helping those affected in the tri-state area and beyond, We are trying to do our part by helping with relief efforts the best way we know how, through food and community support.”

Sosa and his Top Chef alums Dale Talde (@DaleTalde and, Kevin Sbraga (@KSbraga and and Jennifer Carroll (@ChefJenCarroll) are joining forces this Monday night at Sosa’s restaurant Añejo Tequileria in Hell’s Kitchen to raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims. Tickets are $100 and all proceeds go straight to the Red Cross.

Each chef will create a unique dish in true Top Chef style in a four-course tasting menu with cocktail accompaniment. Additional specialty cocktails will also be available for sale at the event to raise funds for relief efforts. Spirits will be donated by Herradura Tequila (, Riazul (, and local producer, Jack from Brooklyn (

There will be two available seating times at 6pm and 8pm. Alternately, you can just drop in throughout the night and belly up to the bar for a cocktail. 100% of the proceeds from each cocktail will also go to the American Red Cross.

Reservations can be made by calling Añejo at 212-920-4770, visiting the website’s reservation page at, or emailing Añejo is located at 668 10th Ave. (at 47th St.) in NYC.

Quick details:

WHAT: Bravo TV’s TOP CHEF Alumnus Angelo Sosa, Dale Talde, Kevin Sbraga, and Jennifer Carroll present a four course cocktail-paired meal to raise funds in NYC for Hurricane Sandy relief

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