Let’s not pretend we’re not ruled by our stomachs. Sure, dining for a cause sounds noble, but it also sounds dull as dishwater. So here’s a novel idea: eating for a good cause and ticking off some Michelin stars at the same time.
Underground Eats is getting behind three delicious fundraisers where you can get your fix of celebrity chefs and fantastic food and drinks, with a side of feel-good factor.
First up is A City Farmer, A Chef and A Host dinner on Tuesday, July 24th with a very unique night out benefiting healthy eating initiatives by non-profits Just Food and The Sylvia Center. Chefs including Locanda Verde/The Dutch‘s Andrew Carmellini, ABC Kitchen‘s Dan Kluger and Laurent Gras will be joined by a bevy of incredible hosts – think the Fabulous Beekman Boys, author James Frey and cookbook author Matt Lee – for 12 concurrent dinner parties happening all over Manhattan, Brooklyn and Harlem. Buy tickets here.
Then on Thursday, July 26th over a dozen leading chefs are saying no to fracking with a grand tasting of special dishes using the best produce from the fracking-endangered Marcellus region of New York State. Show your support while also enjoying unlimited tastings from James Beard’s 2012 Best NYC Chef, Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, plus Bill Telepan, Zak Pelaccio of Fatty ‘Cue and Fatty Crew, The Meatball Shop‘s Daniel Holzman and many others. There’ll also be cocktail, wine and beer pairings and an after-party at Brooklyn Bowl with unlimited Ommegangs. Who said you can’t fundraise and be tipsy at the same time? Buy tickets here.
Finally we’re celebrating a brilliant new project by one of Anthony Bourdain‘s cameramen, Erik Shirai. We fell in love with Erik’s stunning debut food film The Last Meal, and when we heard his plans for the next in his I Am What I Eat film series, we had to get behind it. On Wednesday, August 1st we’re throwing a party, film screening and silent auction for Erik’s trip to Tokyo to tell the story of Buddhist cuisine shojin ryori. There’ll be plenty of tastings too – way more interesting than your typical after-work pizza and beer. Buy tickets here.