Join bakeries around the city, on Wednesday, March 20th, as they celebrate the Fourth Annual Macaron Day NYC. The classic French cookie, is made of a soft and crunchy, delicate shell made from almond flour, sugar, and egg whites with a smooth layer of creamy ganache sandwiched in the center. These delicious sandwich cookies come in so many colors and too many flavors to count. It’ll be hard to decide but when you do, just mention to the bakers that you’re there for Macaron Day NYC to receive a complimentary macaron. While celebrating the occasion you may discover your new favorite macaron bakery all while noshing for a good cause. A portion of the day’s macaron sale proceeds will be donated to benefit City Harvest, an organization dedicated to feeding the city’s hungry.
LUCKYRICE wants you to eat, drink, and get lucky at the Fourth Annual LUCKYRICE Festival. The flagship festival, April 28th-May 5th, celebrates the diversity and culinary culture that is found throughout the Asian region. With proceeds going to City Harvest, the LUCKYRICE Festival is made up of large-scale tasting events, festive dinners celebrating traditional and innovative Asian fare, and other gastronomic gatherings.
Returning this year are LUCKYRICE’s most popular events the Night Market, the Grand Feast, and the Cocktail Feast. New to this year’s festival is the LUCKYRICE Parlor on Bowery at the Old Bowery Station where nightly pop-up dinner parties will be held. These exclusive dinner parties will be prepared by Chef Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese Food, Tokyo’s Chef Ivan Orkin, Chef Siapin Chutima of Lotus of Siam in Vegas, and others.
Earlier this week, City Harvest's Leadership Council hosted its second annual signature fundraising event, A Mid-Winter Escape. The event took place at Apella and had a Mexican-inspired theme. Local restaurants, including Hill Country Chicken, Toloache, El Toro Blanco, Gran Electrica, Momofuku Milk Bar and more, set up shop for the evening serving guests delicious bites from their restaurants. The event also featured tequila tastings and margaritas in sticking with the Mexican theme. Guests could also participate in the silent auction, which featured items contributed by Bobby Flay, tickets to NY sports events, and more. The event even had some throwback music with a special live performance from Nine Days, best known for their smash hit "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)." More than 220 guests attended the event and raised nearly $800,000.
Get in the holiday spirit by checking out the ultimate gingerbread house display at Le Parker Meridien. New York City bakeries, restaurants, and pastry chef's created unqiue one-of-a-kind gingerbread displays inspired by 'Landmarks Around the World.' The display will be in the hotel's atrium from December 1st through January 3rd. Patrons can view the magnificent display for free, but you can vote for your favorite gingerbread creation for a chance to win a hotel stay at Parker Palm Springs for $1/vote or $5/8 votes. The money raised from the display will benefit renowned hunger charity City Harvest.
Sandy has been quite the bitch. Luckily, City Harvest has risen to the challenge, delivering fresh food to high-need locations across all five boroughs. It's lucky that the food hunger organization recently raised $1M at their Bid Against Hunger event. Over the last three days, the organization has delivered more than 400,000 pounds of food to areas such as Coney Island, Breezy Point, Rockaway, Park Slope, and lower Manhattan. “City Harvest is working closely with the city and our partners to identify areas with the greatest need, sourcing additional shelf-stable items and developing special food distributions,” said Jilly Stephens, City Harvest’s Executive Director. “There is an increased demand for food as the city slowly recovers from the devastation of storm Sandy, and we are filling our fleet of trucks with food for routes across the five boroughs to help our neighbors in need.”
Earlier this week, City Harvest, a New York City-based food rescue organization, hosted their 18th Annual Bid Against Hunger gala, raising a whopping $1 million. The event hosted over 70 of the city's best chefs and cuisine from their restaurants. The event, which took place at the Metropolitan Pavilion, not only had an ample amount of delicious food, but both a live and silent auction, as well. Available auction items included exclusive dinners with top chefs, vacation packages, sports memorabilia, concert tickets, and much more. The C'est Magnifique auction package included a private wine class at Le Bernardin hosted by Aldo Sohm, as well as dinner for two and a private tour of the kitchen with Eric Ripert and was sold for $50,000! Famous chefs in attendance include Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert, Marc Murphy, Marcus Samuelsson, Francois Payard, and many more.
Last Saturday, City Harvest fed Brooklynites at a fun-filled fundraising event featuring artisanal food and activities. The event was held at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park from 11am-6pm and what a day it was! The weather cooperated with City Harvest and had event-goers leaving happy and completely full.
Over 75 artisanal vendors were in attendance, showcasing their delicious snacks-- from craft beer and wine to local and gourmet food items. There was also a Tasting Tent with private seating, featuring food and drinks from some of Brooklyn's best venues, including Benchmark Restaurant, Momofuku Milk Bar, The Good Fork, and more. The Tasting Tent was curated by Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli of Frankies Spuntino and Prime Meats.
This past Wednesday City Harvest's young professionals group, Generation Harvest, held its eleventh annual Summer in the City restaurant tasting and cocktail party at the Metropolitan Pavilion. During the event, guests had the opportunity to participate in a silent auction, featuring numerous goodies, both food and non-food related, as well as sample eats and libations from some of New York's best restaurants and bars. This year's event had over 650 attendees and raised over $230,000 to support City Harvest's mission of feeding NYC's hungry.
City Harvest seems to be reeling in the celebs lately to help out their worthy causes. Last week, Mr. Met and New York Mets players Mike Baxter, Daniel Murphy, and Jonathon Niese joined students from PS 12 in Woodside, Queens to help load a truck with their donations. Then three lucky students were chosen to play catch with the major league ball players!
During the 2011 Feed the Kids food drive, PS 12 collected 2000 pounds of food, which was more than any of other school. The Mets rewarded the hardworking students with a visit to the school and a game of catch to inspire other students to participate in this year's Feed the Kids drive. The Mets are supporting City Harvest and Feed the Kids as part of the team's season long hunger relief program, Feeding the Big Apple presented by Hain Celestial. The Feed the Kids drive helps to feed the one in four NYC children facing hunger.
This past Friday, May 11th, famed rapper 50 Cent showed his support of hunger relief at City Harvest's Food Rescue Facility in NYC. He was joined by his audio company SMS Audio. The company recently partnered with Feeding America, where each purchase on SMSAudio.com in the US provides over 200 meals to hungry Americans. The rapper volunteered with City Harvest in Long Island City to bring attention to the difficulty many Americans face putting food on the table. In addition to helping pack fresh produce for City Harvest to distribute to local New York families, 50 Cent also toured the Food Rescue Facility with City Harvest director Jilly Stephens. Do as 50 does and get involved in charity! See below for some of City Harvest's upcoming events.