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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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DRINKS TO HELP YOU DRESS (FOR SUCCESS)

March 2, 2010

Photo by Gary Landsman

Charity cocktail party to celebrate International Women’s Day

On Monday, March 8th from 6:30- 8:30 p.m., in celebration of International Women’s Day 2010, LUPEC (Ladies United for the Protection of Endangered Cocktails), Compass Box Whisky (www.compassboxwhisky.com) and @sweetblogomine (www.sweetblogomine.com) are co-hosting Astor Center’s (www.astorcenternyc.com) fly-by-night bar featuring tippling and tweeting all night long.

Everyone (yes, men too) is invited to attend this cocktail party fundraiser, with $5 of each ticket going to Dress for Success. Guests will enjoy a tasting of boutique blender Compass Box’s whiskies and cocktails as they toast to women’s accomplishments and empowerment in New York, and around the globe, all while rubbing elbows with some of the fixtures of the NYC cocktail twitterati.

The cocktails, created especially for this evening, will be shaken and slung by Lynnette Marrero and friends, working as members of Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC). The ladies of LUPEC represent the talent behind the bar at some of New York City’s most notable cocktail spots including: Rye House (www.ryehousenyc.com), Pegu Club (www.peguclub.com), Continue Reading…