Deets: Three time James Beard winner, Chef and TV personality Andrew Zimmern curated Dinner for a Better New York at Riverpark restaurant last night which benefited non-profit organization Services for the UnderServed (SUS) raising $450,000. Some of the world's most recognized chefs participated each hosting their own tasting stations with wine pairings encouraging guests to share their experiences on social media to spread the word about the successful NYC based urban farming initiative. Select tasting stations included: a Spiced Brûleed Mackerel with Carrot, Wakame, Sesame, Basil by Andrew Smith (Riverpark); Stuffed Wild Mushrooms with savory Lobster rolls, Cherry tomatoes with sea urchin vinaigrette by Alex Guarnaschelli (Butter); a Sashimi bar by Ryo Hasegawa (Nobu New York); and more.The full list of other participating chefs included: Scott Conant, Impero Caffe; Andrew Smith, Riverpark; Marc Forgione, Restaurant Marc Forgione and American Cut; Alex Guarnaschelli, Butter; Daniel Holzman, The Meatball Shop; Eric Korsh, North End Grill; Nobu Matsuhisa and Ryo Hasegawa, Nobu New York; George Mendes, Aldea and Lupulo; Mark Welker, The NoMad and Eleven Madison Park; Michael White, Altamarea Group. In addition to the masterful line-up of chefs, SUS also honored culinary trailblazers Dana Cowin, Creative Director of Chefs Club and former Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wineand Christina Grdovic, SVP/Publisher of Food & Wine.
Later in the evening honorees Dana Cowin and Christina Grdovic along with 225 guests were treated to a to a magnificent 4-course meal hosted by Andrew Zimmern and created by his Chef Colleagues. Dana Cowin and Christina Grdovic were presented with awards by Andrew Zimmern, Gareth Old (SUS Board Chair) and Donna Colonna (CEO, Services for the UnderServed). They spoke of their experience with SUS Urban Farms and their admiration for the organization's work to provide housing and support services to thousands in need. Nelson Seda, SUS Urban Farmer, also presented the two with a home-baked pie.
Dinner for a Better New York raised $450,000 for Services for the UnderServed Urban Farms. The urban agriculture movement in NYC has been growing for years, with rooftop and community gardens springing up everywhere. Many are in low-income neighborhoods, often called food deserts, where produce is scarce and obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure are off the charts. At SUS, we see this trend as a greater than a way to bring healthy food to these neighborhoods. Urban Farms has the potential to transform lives - and we are harnessing that potential for the people of SUS - people with intellectual & developmental disabilities and people with behavioral health challenges. SUS Urban Farms provide tools to improve wellness outcomes and help those who participate to achieve their personal and professional goals. Our farming programs touch over 300 individuals each year, providing therapeutic horticulture, nutritional programming, and employment opportunities to the individuals we serve - through workshops, field experiences, and our network of community farms and garden spaces.
Special thanks to: Josh Bider and Deborah Wolfe; Co-Chairs; and the evenings sponsors: Alexandria Real Estate Equities; Chefs Club; Joyce Cowin; Food & Wine; Erin and Peter Friedland; KPMG; Nancy and Fred Poses; Riverpark; Sandra Stark and Jim Mersfelder; and Southern Wines & Spirits.
About SUS Founded in 1978, Services for the UnderServed (SUS) works with more than 25,000 individuals and their families to create pathways to rich and productive lives by offering housing, employment, skills-building, treatment and rehabilitation. By delivering high quality services that address the complex circumstances of each person, we transform lives, improve neighborhoods and boost future generations. With a staff of close to 2,000 that provides $185 million in services, SUS is supported by various local, state and federal government agencies as well as foundations, corporations and individual donors.
For more information about Services for the UnderServed visit www.sus.org or find them on Twitter and Instagram at @SUS_ORG and on Facebook.
Spotted: Andrew Zimmern; Scott Conant, Andrew Smith, Marc Forgionem Alex Guarnaschelli, Daniel Holzman, Eric Korsh, Nobu Matsuhisa, George Mendes, Mark Welker, Michael White, Dana Cowin, Christina Grdovic