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A FROGGY FUNDRAISER FOR FOOD CHARITIES

February 29, 2012

Contribute as Bullfrog & Baum Holds Charity Frog Race In Honor Of Leap Year

We’re rooting for The Arsonist on this one…

As its name suggests, hospitality industry powerhouse PR firm Bullfrog & Baum has a penchant for all things amphibian. So when Leap Year rolls around, its only right that the New York-based PR and marketing firm specializing in lifestyle clients should mark the day with something froggy.

Today at 3:00 p.m., four fabulous frogs will go to the mat at the Bullfrog & Baum offices on West 22nd Street, each representing an important food-focused charity – Share Our Strength, Citymeals-on-Wheels, Edible Schoolyard and City Harvest.

While each frog’s participation will raise funds for its respective charity – thanks to the support of four teams of Bullfrog & Baum PR pros – the winning frog will earn the extra bonus of having its total funds raised matched by the agency. Donations can be made through the fundraising siteSixDegrees.org

The competing frogs are:
“The Arsonist” – A Fire Belly Toad leaping for Share Our Strength:
http://www.stayclassy.org/fundraise/team?ftid=4826

“Beefsteak” – A Tomato Frog bounding for Citymeals-on-Wheels:
http://www.stayclassy.org/fundraise/team?ftid=4825

“PhilLeap” – A White Tree Frog jumping for Edible Schoolyard:
http://www.stayclassy.org/fundraise/team?ftid=4827

“Alistair Cummerbund Higginbottoms IV” – A Fancy Tree Frog hopping for City Harvest: http://www.stayclassy.org/fundraise/team?ftid=4828

For more information on Bullfrog & Baum’s Leap Year Froggy Fundraiser, go to www.bullfrogandblog.com. To watch the race as it streams live, http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bullfrogtv.

Note: No frogs will be harmed in the process of the fundraiser and all frogs will be re-adopted by our local pet store partner once the race is complete.

****We’re on Team Arsonist and hoping (or is that hopping) you’ll help us raise funds for Share Our Strength. Go frog, go!

Events

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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NO CHILD HUNGRY

November 29, 2010

Volunteer with Taste of the Nation and put an end to childhood hunger

Remember your elementary school days, trading peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the lunchroom and hoping your best friend’s mom had stocked up on the after school junk food snacks your parents wouldn’t let you have at home?

These days nearly 17 million kids aren’t trading peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or hankering for chips.

And it’s not because they go to school in a “no nut zone” – it’s because they are living in poverty and go hungry. These are kids who struggle with schoolwork, suffer long-term health consequences and cannot reach their full potential—all because hunger is holding them back.

Please join INSIDE F&B in supporting Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger.

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® (www.strength.org) is the nation’s premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no kid grows up hungry. Each spring and summer, the nation’s hottest chefs and mixologists donate their time, talent and passion at nearly 40 events across the United States and Canada, with one goal in mind: to raise the critical funds needed to end childhood hunger. Taste of the Nation is nationally sponsored by American Express, Sysco, Food Network, Brown-Forman Corporation, S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water and Stella Artois. Since 1988, Taste of the Nation has raised more than $73 million. Funds raised in 2009 supported 135 organizations in the United States, Canada and abroad. To purchase tickets or to get involved, visit www.TasteOfTheNation.org.

Be part of the team for this year’s Taste of the Nation event in New York City (or in your own town) and volunteer.

Events

A GRAND TASTE OF A CITY

June 28, 2010

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Raises Funds to Fight Childhood Hunger
By Sharon Festinger

Photo by Karen Wise

The granddaddy of charity food fests, Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation, had hundreds of people swarming the Grand Hyatt in New York on a recent cool spring evening. The guests filled the ballroom, joining the annual mass of the city’s top chefs and mixologists who support this event, all united for one goal: to end childhood hunger.

Fifty-four restaurants sent staff to share their food love and 10 bartenders worked their liquid magic while representatives from 28 wine distributors poured their product. It was a grand effort to entice attendees who aren’t going hungry every day to generously donate money to those who are.

This popular event netted more than $150,000 last year and the expectation is that the organization is well on its way to reaching its goals with the addition of this year’s monies. “The event has raised much-needed funds to support Share Our Strength’s work to end childhood hunger in the US by 2015,” says Jenny Dirksen, the organization’s NYC Director.

Helping to reach those goals is hard work for many of the folks behind the scenes at the gala who spend quite a bit of time prepping for the evening’s event. All came together in time for the guests to be wowed with such unique offerings as:

Photo by Karen Wise


Felidia’s red quinoa with spring vegetables and truffle sauce. Felidia’s quinoa dish balanced creamy truffle sauce nicely with crunchy peas.

L’Ecole’s smoked trout with cashew nut puree, pickled rhubarb, trout roe and rhubarb-infused tequila from Chef Nils Noren.

Union Square Café’s short rib ravioli (which one taster proclaimed the best thing she’d had).

Picholine’s hamachi cru from Chef Terrance Brennan. The hamachi was marinated in a citrus-soy sauce and was topped with radish sprouts and a sesame powder (made by heating sesame oil and maltodextrin until it coagulates).

The octopus salad with lemon chickpea puree from Chef Lynn Bound’s Café 2 and Terrace 5 @ MoMA. Cafe 2’s dish was devoured by an initially reluctant octopus eater. The meat was a good texture; tender, not rubbery. Its strong grilled flavor came through and was complemented by the chickpea puree. Kalamata olives and micro-arugula sprouts rounded it out.

Chef Floyd Cardoz’s Tabla presented a flavorful rock shrimp balchao with cucumber-coconut raita. Chef Cardoz tweaked the traditional Goan dish slightly. A bit of cilantro gave it a nice bite in addition to other spices present, and the creamy yogurt tempered the heat.

Pure Food and Wine’s hazelnut crostini with crimini mushrooms, caper béarnaise, and caraway sauerkraut,

Hudson Yards’ cheese-stuffed mushroom with bacon aioli.

Rouge Tomate highlighted its first gift from the spring chicken with its spring vegetable panzanella and poached farm egg. The crispy croutons nicely balanced the runny egg.

Snacks included Rick’s Picks’ pickled beet crostini and artisan pretzels from Sigmund Pretzelshop. There were inventive combinations including a gruyere-smoked paprika mini-pretzel with honey mustard and a caraway mini-pretzel with horseradish-beet mayonnaise.

Photo by Karen Wise

Moving on to the liquids, we started off with a Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned from Dutch Kills. It was devoid of fruit save for the lemon twist, as it should be. Perfect. Though wishing to savor, we gulped it down as there was work to do. The old fashioned was quickly followed by the Suffering Bastard from the newborn Painkiller. A refreshing concoction said to have been created back in 1942 “for the bastard in all of us.” (Though, further investigation finds that Trader Vic may well have been the originator.) Not all the drinks sampled were as storied but at least they were as good. Pegu’s Audrey Saunders offered a crisp vodka Mojito gussied up with a pansy, Clover Club had a Hendrick’s gin cocktail with lemon juice, Campari, grapefruit juice, Benedictine, pomegranate molasses, soda and a grapefruit twist that was pleasingly tart. Mad scientist Eben Freeman of the former Tailor shared not a cocktail per se but a tincture (and some bacon bourbon). The mole rum tincture had powerful flavor (though, like bitters, not meant to be drunk on its own) and is an important component of his rum-based South Central.

Photo by Karen Wise


Asa Scott of Harlem pioneer 67 Orange Street offered an impressive quad. We gave it our best effort and sampled two: The Estate Affair with Appleton Estate Reserve Rum, grapefruit juice, simple syrup, mint and aromatic bitters; and the Brazilian Jig with Leblon Cachaça, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice and muddled ginger. Cienfuegos from the DeRossi/Ward powerhouse poured a rum punch with Ron Zacapa, Leblon Cachaça, Domaine de Canton, guava and lime juice, simple syrup, soda splash, mint and strawberry garnish. Stalwart Little Branch served the Stone Fence with Woodford Reserve Bourbon, pimento dram, apple cider, ginger, clove and a cinnamon stick garnish. Finally, PDT’s Jim Meehan and Lindsay Nader batched up the Resting Point with reposado tequila (from where the name the resting point comes), Punt e Mes, yellow Chartreuse, lemon juice, agave nectar and muddled strawberries. (Wineries were well represented but we stuck with hard liquor.)

Balancing the sheer amount of food and drink was difficult (we’re not complaining) but we managed to reserve a bit of room for dessert.

Eleven Madison Park offered “variations of flavors and textures of milk and chocolate.” The extensive component list: Dulche de Leche, dehydrated chocolate mousse, aerated chocolate, Maldon salt, crème fraiche foam, caramelized white chocolate panna cotta, dehydrated milk foam. Frozen ingredients normally used were swapped out for their solid counterparts, presenting a variation on the variations. Even still, it just may have been best in show.

Whew! That was a mouthful.

Many other American cities have their own Taste of the Nation, albeit on a scale much smaller than NYC’s. Many dates have passed but there are still some to come. San Diego, Napa Valley, Denver, Chicago, Miami and Portland (Maine), we’re looking at you. Share Our Strength sponsors such other worthy events as the Great American Dine Out, A Tasteful Pursuit, and Operation Frontline. Go here for more info: www.strength.org.