City Harvest NYC recently hosted Summer in the City, an annual culinary tasting event (now in its 16th year!) raising money to feed hundreds of thousands of children and their families in New York City.
According to the community food group, the raised over $410,000, translating to enough to help feed over 6,000 families in the area for the entire summer.
For reference, over the course of a year, City Harvest says it plans to collect 59 million pounds of food that "would otherwise go to waste from farms, restaurants, grocers, and manufacturers." The food is then delivered to more than 500 soup kitchens, pantries, and other community food programs in the service of assisting more than 1.3 million families in need across the five boroughs.
Before going into some of the best bits, it has to be said ALL of the hosts, vendors, chefs, and restaurant workers on hand were incredibly warm, welcoming, friendly, and inviting to my constant questions and requests to take photos. The people made this event, not the food or wine. (But those were great, too.)
Among some of the highlights (for me, at least) during the evening were Rubirosa's incredibly tender artichokes, Sigmund’s Pretzels, Mike & Dave’s pineapple and watermelon vegan soft serve, Caffe Marchio's rice krispie treats with marshmallow tops, and Sugar Hill Creamery's vanilla ice cream. (Clearly I had a sweet tooth that evening.)
Oh, and of course, the Veuve Clicquot, courtesy of Moet Hennessy. (Not an ad! I just like it!)
On a personal note, I’ve been to many similar tasting events in New York and San Francisco—not to mention seen how stressful it is for the chefs after years of watching Top Chef on Bravo. City Harvest’s was by far the best organized I’ve seen yet.
Truly a reminder of how fortunate we were as attendees—at an incredibly harrowing and tumultuous time in our country's history—and that we’re in a position to help others in need.