'Charity' on Serious Eats

Snapshots from Los Angeles Loves Alex's Lemonade Benefit

Last Last Sunday, on the lawn of Culver Studios, the chef-tacular second annual L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade benefit was held for pediatric cancer research. Deeply moved by Alex's story, Los Angeles chefs Suzanne Goin(AOC, Lucques, Tavern) and husband David Lentz (The Hungry Cat), plus Goin's business partner Caroline Styne, have collected an astonishing group of chefs, mixologists and vintners. Everyone came out to lend a hand, a grill and a copious amount of wine and whisky to support the cause. More

Help 'Slice Out Hunger' on June 9

Scott Wiener (Scott's Pizza Tours) emails us that he's once again putting together the annual Slice Out Hunger charity event. Proceeds go to City Harvest. Tickets are sold at the door and cost $1, each one redeemable for any one of a slice of pizza, a soda, or a raffle ticket. (Obviously you can buy more than one ticket if you're hungry and thirsty and feeling lucky.) More

Lace Up Your Shoes, Grab Your Napkins for the NYC Pizza Run

The NYC Pizza Run must be targeted toward that part of the Venn diagram where runners overlap with pizza-lovers. (Though who doesn't love pizza?) The run takes place on Sunday, September 19, at 10:45 a.m. in Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan's East Village. Participants will run four laps around the park for a total of 2.25 miles, consuming one slice at a pizza station at the end of the first three laps. Why not a fourth slice after the final lap? Event organizer Jason Feirman (of I Dream of Pizza) says, "I figured a fourth slice at the end might... More

Changing the World Through Dinner

The Mercury News: "Dining for Women is a national nonprofit organization based on a simple model of charitable giving. Once a month, women get together for a potluck dinner. They take the money they would have spent at a restaurant and donate it to a grassroots organization that works to empower women in developing countries through health, education or vocational programs. Members in more than 130 chapters across the United States pool their money, resulting in significant, life-changing contributions.”... More

Luxe Ads for Everyday Food

As we dig deeper and entrench ourselves in the recession, sales of such "basic" foodstuffs as Campbell's soup, Spam, and Kraft mac and cheese have seen an upswing. But for some, even those can be a luxury. But ad agencies Leo Burnett/Chicago and Starcom remind Chicago shoppers that "Food shouldn't be a luxury." To drive donations to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, news ads picture such pantry staples as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, soup, and broccoli posing for beauty shots with coiffed and coutured models.... More

Tom Valenti Is a Mensch

Kudos to Foodie Obsessed for calling our attention to New York chef-restaurateur Tom Valenti's (Ouest and the forthcoming West Branch) appearance on the Today Show this past Thursday. Valenti made some of the contemporary-classic comfort-food dishes he does so well, but he wasn't on the show to promote his restaurants or a cookbook. Valenti came on to encourage viewers to donate money to a cause he deeply believes in, the Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund, "formed to provide aid, future scholarships, and funds to the families of the victims of the World Trade Center tragedy who worked in the food, beverage, and hospitality professions throughout the entire complex and who were lost on September 11." Tom is not only... More

Come Eat Pizza with Us for a Good Cause

Where: Una Pizza Napoletana, 349 East 12th Street, New York NY 10003 (at First Ave.; map) When: 3 p.m., October 11, 2008 (Saturday) Cost: $85 a ticket (available here) Attention all serious eaters and pizza fanatics: On October 11, Slice founder Adam Kuban and I are going to be hosting a Serious Eats–Slice pizza-tasting and discussion with Anthony Mangieri at Una Pizza Napoletana. This pizza event is a fund-raising benefit and is part of the New York City Wine & Food Festival. We're going to talk and eat pizza with Mangieri, surely one of the country's great pizzaioli. There... More

Events: Taste of the Nation NYC

Or, 'Pig Out to Feed Hungry People' Hunger relief organization Share Our Strength's annual Taste of the Nation New York City benefit is this Wednesday, May 14, at the Roseland Ballroom. SOS is a terrific organization that supports hunger-relief efforts... More

In Videos: Clean Water Africa PSA from 'charity: water'

Millions of women and children in Africa have no access to clean drinking water, causing them to walk for miles every day to collect water that is dirty and unsafe to drink. charity: water, a non-profit organization that raises money to fund well-building projects, produced this PSA starring Jennifer Connelley to portray what life in New York City could be like if the taps went dry and there were no clean water. You may never have to carry 40-pound jerry cans of water home from Central Park, but millions of people around the world have to do something like this every day. Watch the video, after the jump.... More

Menu for Hope 4: Raffle Winners

So. Menu for Hope 4, the charity raffle organized by Pim Techamuanvivit (Chez Pim) that occurred in mid-December, managed to raise a whopping $91,188 for the U.N. World Food Program. Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket (or tickets) and to all the generous prize donors. And now the moment you ticket buyers have been waiting for: the results. Here, I'm posting the winners of the U.S. East Coast region, which Serious Eats "hosted" this year. For a list of all winners, visit Chez Pim. The list here is long, so it follows after the jump. Note to winners: Congrats! Please contact the blogger or donor who offered the prize to make arrangements.... More

Menu for Hope 4: Call for Entries

Editor's note: Warning—nonpizza content follows. But it's for a great cause, so no grumbling, folks! —The Mgmt. It's that time of year again. As many of you who publish or read food blogs know, each year Pim Techamuanvivit of Chez Pim organizes her Menu for Hope campaign, in which food bloggers from around the globe come together to help those who are less fortunate. For those unfamiliar, Menu for Hope is an online charity event in which bloggers donate a prize that goes into a virtual raffle. Readers and others may then buy virtual raffle tickets for one or (hopefully)... More

'Pie Project' Helping Those in Need on Thanksgiving

In the rush to plan menus, shop for provisions, and cook the turkey, we often forget that there are Americans for whom Thanksgiving really isn't all that much different from any other day. When Serious Eater maggiesara checked with a food pantry near her to see what they'd be serving the homeless on Turkey Day, she found little in the way of traditional Thanksgiving fare: The usual Thursday breakfast [at the Central Synagogue soup kitchen] is beef stew, and when I asked, I was told that they were not going to be doing anything different for Thanksgiving. It saddened me to think that the Synagogue's guests were going to be left out of the national feast. I mean, stew is... More

Today is National Pancake Day at IHOP!

"Join IHOP to celebrate National Pancake Day (also known as Mardi Gras, or Shrove Tuesday) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007. From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., we’ll give you one free short stack (three) of our famous buttermilk pancakes. All we ask is that you consider making a donation to support local children’s hospitals through Children’s Miracle Network, or other local charities." They raised $340,000 in 2006 and are hoping to hit half a million today, so if you're inclined to eat pancakes and help out, you know what to do!... More

Menu for Hope III Winners

Foodblogger Pim Techamuanvivit recently announced the winners of the Menu for Hope raffle on her site, Chez Pim. Serious Eats donated two prizes to the fund-raiser, and now it's time to put our money where our big grinning mouth is. ACrans: Congrats! You've won the dinner for four at Mozza! Bon appétit, friend! We'll contact Mozza and relay pertinent info to you. A. J. Kinik: Meet Ed and me with an empty stomach and some comfortable shoes. We're going on a New York pizza tour with you and three of your friends! We'll be in touch about logistics and timing. Congrats to the winners of all the other wonderful prizes, too, and thanks to everyone who participated in the raffle,... More

More than $60K in Menu for Hope III

Menu for Hope, a charity fund-raiser that's become a yearly year-end thing for foodbloggers, managed to stir up $60,925.12 in its latest incarnation. The proceeds will go to the United Nations World Food Programme. If you bought a raffle ticket for one (or more) of the tasty prizes, winners will be announced January 15 on Chez Pim. Many thanks to the Serious Eaters out there who threw in for our dinner at Mozza in Los Angeles or our guided pizza tour in New York. And of course, many thanks to MFH creator Pim Techamuanvivit and to all the other cooks with their fingers in the charity pie.... More

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