Hannah Albee, Communications Manager
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen
New York, New York, March 14, 2018 – Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen will host its 6th annual food and wine benefit, Farm to Tray, on May 17, 2018. This sustainable food event raises much needed funds for New York’s largest soup kitchen, where approximately 5,000 meals are served to hungry and homeless New Yorkers every week. Tickets, sponsorship opportunities and information can be found at www.farmtotray.org.
The Chelsea-based emergency food program, which just marked 35 years of service last October, will honor Google at the event. After moving to their new Chelsea location, Google quickly became one of the soup kitchen’s most generous supporters. “Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen has served the Chelsea-Penn South neighborhood for the last 26 years, and Google is proud to partner with its leaders to help provide nutritious and hearty meals to the homeless and food insecure families in our community. Over the years, Googler volunteers have spent hundreds of hours serving Soup Kitchen guests and remain committed to the program’s impactful mission. We look forward to our continued partnership with Holy Apostles and encourage our neighbors to join in,” said Kim Huskey, Regional Food Services Manager, Google New York.
This year, in addition to its culinary participation through Food@Google, Google has donated the largest Farm to Tray corporate gift in the event’s history. “Google has shown a level of commitment that dramatically raises the bar, and leads by example,” said Interim Executive Director Bishop Andrew St. John. “Their generosity is an inspiration for all of us to step up for the most vulnerable in our city.”
A celebration of food and community, the benefit challenges New York’s finest chefs to produce a “Sustainable Menu” that is rooted in the soup kitchen’s approach to using fresh, locally grown produce, minimizing food waste, and planning nutritionally balanced and delicious meals for about 1,000 daily guests. This year, as part of Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen’s ambitious new Zero Waste Strategy, the event will follow composting and recycling best practices.
To kick off the 6 pm VIP hour, Gotham Burger Social Club will present Chef Dominick Pepe of The Group NYC. Chef Pepe’s newest restaurant is the highly acclaimed Boucherie Park. At 7 pm, chefs from some of New York’s most distinguished restaurants will present their sustainable menus at tasting stations positioned throughout the church. New and returning culinary partners are:
- Preston Madson, Bellwether
- Kim Huskey, Food@Google
- Ginger Pierce, Jams
- Robert Cho, Kimchi Smoke
- Laurence Edelman, Left Bank
- Raffaele Volpe, San Matteo Pizza
- Caroline Schiff, Scoops & Sweets at the Greene Grape
- Ralpheal Abrahante, Thalassa
- Craig Reid, The Westin NY at Times Square
- Meliano Plasencia, ZIO Ristorante
- Chef & Cookbook Author, Yvan Lemoine
A unique element of Farm to Tray is that guests dine in the landmark Holy Apostles Church where soup kitchen patrons dine every day. With cuts to food assistance programs and almost 1.2 million New Yorkers experiencing food insecurity, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is feeling the impact. “We see new faces every day,” said Director of Operations Michael Ottley who anticipates serving 300,000 meals in 2018. “Eating here offers the opportunity to not have to choose between a warm meal or paying rent.”
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. On Thursday May 17, 2018, the event will feature tasting menus and beverages, live entertainment by students at Avenues: The World School, and an online auction. Since its inception in 2013, the Farm to Tray benefit has raised over $1,500,000 in cash and in-kind support and introduced over 90 new partnerships to the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen. These gains have made a considerable impact in the effort to support New York’s growing homeless and hungry populations. This year, the event will be honoring Google.
Tickets, Sponsorship, Journal Advertising and Silent Auction information, visit www.farmtotray.org or call 212-924-0167. For additional information about Farm to Tray please contact: Sara Pandolfi, Executive Producer, Farm to Tray.
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