For Immediate Release
Hannah Albee, Communications Manager
New York City, New York, May 29, 2018 – On Thursday, May 17th, 2018, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen hosted its sixth annual Farm to Tray food and wine benefit. Over 300 supporters attended this year’s celebration of food and community that raised a record $253,000 for New York’s largest soup kitchen, which serves approximately 5,000 meals every week.
The soup kitchen honored Google for their years of generous support. In 2018, in addition to regular volunteer support and their participation as a Farm to Tray culinary partner, Google gave the largest single corporate gift in the history of Farm to Tray.
“We are so very grateful for our sponsors and chefs that give so much to make this annual event a special and memorable evening and to Google, our honoree, whose generous support helped to make this our largest fundraiser ever,” said John-Harvard Reid, Associate Executive Director.
The event kicked off at 6 PM with a VIP garden party hosted by Gotham Burger Social Club. San Matteo Pizzeria e Cucina welcomed soup kitchen supporters with pizza fresh from the wood-burning oven. They were then treated to Prime Rib Roast and Chocolate Mousse from Chef Dominick Pepe of The Group NYC and a whiskey tasting sponsored by Michters Whiskey. Honest Tea and the Zico Coconut Water bar provided cold refreshments, and Kite-Hill offered a tasting of non-dairy cheese with wine pairing.
The main event began at 7 PM and featured tasting menus, beverages, and live musical entertainment by students from Avenues: The World School. Eleven chefs from some of NYC’s top restaurants presented a selection of small plates, cooked on-site and inspired by the soup kitchen’s approach to using fresh, local ingredients and sustainable food practices. Tasting stations featured dishes like Cauliflower al Pastor Tacos from Chef Kim Huskey of Food@Google, and Parmesan Crackers with Straciatella, Shaved Asparagus, Lemon, Sea Salt, and Aleppo from Chef Ginger Pierce of Jams. Other new and returning culinary partners were:
- Preston Madson, Bellwether
- Robert Cho, Kimchi Smoke
- Laurence Edelman, Left Bank
- Raffaele Volpe, San Matteo Pizza
- Caroline Schiff, ParadigmSchiff
This year, as part of Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen’s ambitious Zero Waste Strategy, all food was served using compostable plates and utensils that will be turned to soil through a partnership with the New York City Department of Sanitation.
Fran Barrett, Inter-Agency Coordinator for Nonprofit Organizations at NYS Governor’s Office, presented The Ben Tabatchnick Award to Kim Huskey, Regional Food Services Manager at Google New York, who accepted the award on behalf of Google.
The Ben Tabatchnick Award is named after Ben Tabatchnick, a long-time friend and supporter of the soup kitchen and CEO of Tabatchnick Fine Foods, who used his skills and knowledge to fight hunger systemically, locally, and personally. The award honors individuals in the community for their outstanding commitment to combating hunger and assisting others towards self-sufficiency in New York City. Ben’s wife, Rita Tabatchnick, and their grown children were also in attendance. The Tabatchnick family carries on Ben’s philanthropic work and have been long-term donors and champions of the soup kitchen.
Interim Executive Director Bishop Andrew R. St. John also took the stage to introduce incoming Executive Director Mother Anna Pearson, who began her tenure at Holy Apostles on June 1, 2018.
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, on average, 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 largest annual fundraiser. Since its inception in 2013, the Farm to Tray benefit has raised over $1,750,000 in cash and in-kind support and introduced over 90 new partnerships to the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen. Farm to Tray photo album: bit.ly/FTT18Album