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Farm to Tray 2017

For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:
Hannah Albee, Communications Manager
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen

(212) 998-6104

Lisa Donoughe
Watershed Communications
(503) 827-6564

Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen marks 5th Annual Farm to Tray Benefit and 35 years serving New Yorkers in need

New York, New York, February 25, 2017 Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen will host its 5th annual sustainable evening food and wine benefit, Farm to Tray, on May 18, 2017. Located in the Chelsea neighborhood, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen has been serving hungry and homeless New Yorkers for 35 years and is the largest emergency food program in the city. This event will raise much needed funds to support the nearly 1,000 meals served every weekday at the soup kitchen.

The soup kitchen is proud to announce Whole Foods Market will be this year’s Farm to Tray honoree. Whole Foods Market continues to be one of the soup kitchen’s most generous in-kind and fiscal supporters, donating sustainable and quality ingredients to the event since its 2013 inception.

Farm to Tray stemmed from Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen’s commitment to practicing food sustainability and providing nutritious meals for its guests. By contributing to the cost of fresh, local “farm to tray” produce, the benefit supports the annual budget, and helps the soup kitchen prepare for its busy summer season, when hungry New Yorkers come to the landmark Holy Apostles Church for a healthy meal and also refuge from the hot city streets.

The event will kick off for VIP ticket holders with a garden party from 6 pm to 7 pm, featuring Kimchi Smoke and La La’s Puerto Rican Kitchen. At 7 pm, chefs from some of New York’s most distinguished restaurants will present a tasting menu using sustainable ingredients provided by Whole Foods Market. This year’s chef line-up will feature:

  • Michael Armstrong from Bodega Negra at Dream Downtown
  •  Ginger Pierce & Preston Madson from Jams
  • Laurence Edelman from Left Bank
  • Caroline Schiff from Scoops & Sweets at the Greene Grape 
  • Ralpheal Abrahante from Thalassa 
  • Craig Reid from The Westin Times Square 
  • Yvan Lemoine from Union Fare 
  • Lauren DeSteno from Vaucluse by Altamarea Group 
  • Meliano Plasencia from Zio Ristorante
  • Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen Chefs

“I’m thrilled to return to Farm to Tray,” said Chef Yvan Lemoine. Known for his Food Network appearances, Lemoine will be traveling a few blocks from his new restaurant, Union Fare, “to help ensure New Yorkers in need always have a place they can rely on for a healthy meal.”

A unique element of Farm to Tray is that guests dine in the landmark Holy Apostles Church where soup kitchen patrons dine every day. This keeps the cost of the event low and also creates a special atmosphere for the chefs.  “Farm to Tray is truly about the community of people who make up our whole food system – all of us who make it possible for our guests to enjoy farm fresh food at our soup kitchen in the city,” said Interim Executive Director, the Right Reverend Andrew R. St. John.  “By caring for the environment and our New York culinary and agricultural community, we can strengthen and care for the most vulnerable New Yorkers.”

With annual cuts to food assistant programs and over 1.4 million New Yorkers living in food insecure homes, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is feeling the impact.  “We see new faces every day,” said Director of Operations Michael Ottley. “Eating here offers the opportunity to not have to choose between a warm meal or paying rent.”

Since its inception in 2013, the Farm to Tray benefit has raised over $1,000,000 in cash and in-kind support and introduced over 75 new partnerships to Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen. These gains have made a considerable impact in the effort to support New York’s growing homeless and hungry populations.

About Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen and Farm to Tray:

Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is the largest soup kitchen in New York and has been a symbol of hope and compassion in the Chelsea section of Manhattan since 1982. Every weekday between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., nourishing meals are served to nearly 1,000 hungry New Yorkers who dine in the beautiful sanctuary of the landmark Holy Apostles Church. The mission of Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is to provide more than just a hot meal. A social services program connects guests with supportive services to help them navigate their way toward health, housing and jobs.

Farm to Tray is Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen’s annual spring fundraiser. On Thursday May 18, 2017, the event will feature tasting menus and beverages, live entertainment and an online auction.


  • Whole Foods Market
  • Patrick Athy and Timothy Higdon

Event Details

  • Church of the Holy Apostles, 296 Ninth Avenue (at 28th Street), New York, NY 10001
  • 6-7 p.m. VIP Reception Garden Party featuring Kimchi Smoke and La La’s Puerto Rican Kitchen
  • 7-9 p.m. General admission cocktail reception featuring culinary partners:
  • Michael Armstrong from Bodega Negra at Dream Downtown
  • Ginger Pierce & Preston Madson from Jams
  • Laurence Edelman from Left Bank
  • Caroline Schiff from Scoops & Sweets at the Greene Grape
  • Ralpheal Abrahante from Thalassa
  • Craig Reid from The Westin Times Square
  • Yvan Lemoine from Union Fare
  • Lauren DeSteno from Vaucluse by Altamarea Group
  • Meliano Plasencia from Zio Ristorante
  • Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen Chefs
  • Tickets start at $150 or call 212-924-0167

For event information about Farm to Tray please contact:

Sara Pandolfi, Executive Producer, Farm to Tray

Phone: 917.991.3023

Social Media Handles

  • Twitter: @holyapostlesnyc #farmtotray
  • Instagram: @holyapostlessoupkitchen #farmtotray
  • Facebook: @holyapostlessoupkitchen #farmtotray



For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:

Hannah Albee, Communications Manager
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen
(212) 998-6104

Joseph Alexander, Director
(212) 582-1941


New York City, New York March 20, 2017TheEdwardMorganBallet will be honoring Earth Day and planting seeds of awareness with a performance of “The Creation” on April 21, 22, and 23 at the Church of the Holy Apostles. The 8 pm performances will benefit Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, the Church’s primary on-site mission and non-sectarian program that has served hungry and homeless New Yorkers since 1982. This performance is free to the public, if you would like a reserved seat you must make a $50 donation. For free seating or reserved seating everyone must RSVP.

Advanced, reserved seating will be available for purchase online or by phone at  (212) 582-1941

“Ballet dancers, musicians, actors and poets will raise awareness through the arts about homelessness in New York City,” says TheEdwardMorganBallet director Joseph Alexander. Mr. Alexander says he was inspired by James Weldon Johnson’s “The Creation,” from the 1927 book of poems “God’s Trombones.”

The performance is choreographed by Edward Morgan, former principal of the original Joffrey Ballet NYC, director of Joffrey II, choreographer of the television show, ClubMTV, and now choreographer of his own ballet company TheEdwardMorganBallet, under the direction of Joseph Alexander. The New York Times has hailed TheEdwardMorganBallet  as “luminous, joyous dance.”

Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is committed to using earth friendly, food sustainable best practices that optimizes nutrition for its approximate 1000 hungry and homeless guests every weekday. The midday meals are served in the sanctuary of the landmark Holy Apostles Church where the evening “Creation” performances will be held in April. Interim Executive Director Bishop Andrew R St John is thrilled to be celebrating Earth Day with EdwardMorganBallet, “The convergence of the arts, honoring the earth and raising awareness on behalf of homeless guests will be a beautiful way to express our commitment to what we call ‘Food for the Soul,’ he says, “We’re so impressed by and grateful for the Edward Morgan’s generous and tireless effort.”

Latest figures show New York homeless shelters are at a record high 60,400 homeless people each night, and over 24,000 of them are youth.

This Mass For The Ballet is inspired by one of Mr. Alexander’s dance students, part of TheEdwardMorgan Outreach Program. She came up to him in class and said, “I will be late for rehearsal tomorrow because I’m moving into a homeless shelter.” Mr. Alexander recalls that he was actually in shock when the little girl said this to him. He conferred with Edward Morgan

who responded by saying the little girl is very talented and mentally stable; his advice was that if she weren’t treated the same as everyone else, she wouldn’t be happy. “So I was afraid,” said Mr. Alexander, “but I turned around and said, ‘DON’T BE LATE!’ And the little girl looked at me and said, ‘Oh don’t worry Mr. Alexander, I already told my mama that we need to move early so we won’t be late!’” Not only did she do a great performance, but she was not late for rehearsal and her excitement and enthusiasm for the program blew Mr. Alexander away.

Please note, Jan Hus Presbyterian Church and Neighborhood House, and St. John’s Lutheran Church are donating substantial rehearsal space for this project.

“a sunny and compassionate interest in the world around them, an outlook reflected in this pristine young classical troupe and its vibrant repertory”

The New York Times


“Ballet For The Homeless” When: April 21, 22, 23 8 pm

Where: Church of the Holy Apostles, 296 9th Avenue, New York New York 10001


You must RSVP at (212) 582-1941 for all seating, whether it is for a free seat or a reserved seat for a donation of $50. The youngest child that can attend this performance must be in 1st grade. Proceeds benefiting Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen.


Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, We Dance To Heal The World!

Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen 

New York’s largest food emergency program, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen has welcomed hungry and homeless New Yorkers for midday meals and a social service program that offers comfort, justice, hope and opportunity since 1982.