On Sunday, April 30, the regions’s top chefs and mixologists gathered at Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco to benefit Share Our Strength – No Kid Hungry. The event, which was perfect for foodies, was sponsored by the hotel, American Express, Creekstone Farms, Fox 29, Open Table, Sysco and other local and national sponsors, and 100 percent of the proceeds from this event benefit The Food Trust, The Coalition Against Hunger, and the The Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center.
Guests enjoyed three large spaces full of beer, specialty cocktails, wine, and food from some of the most popular restaurants. Favorites included, the pastrami bagel chip from Vernick, a citrus cured trout from Pennsylvania 6, shaved pork belly from High Street on Market. Kenneth Bush, Executive Chef of Bistro La Minette prepared a delicious pea soup. Bar Ferdinand‘s table had fresh yellow tuna in chili oil, and the restaurant’s representative Brendan raved about the outside seating the Northern Liberties restaurant just added. The duck croquettes with aioli from Devil’s Den had the perfect hint of spice in them. Border Springs Farm, a Reading Terminal favorite, shared lamb ham with tender asparagus. Deserts included black sesame citrus frozen custard from Shake Shack and bacon-topped cupcakes from Sweet Box.
Guests enjoyed Acqua Panna Natural Spring Water and speciality cocktails, including some made with Siembra Azul Tequila. Guests also relaxed in Celebrity Cruises‘ lounge, which was equipped with a DJ Kevin Kong from Marathon, two guest mixologists, and plush leather seating arrangements, which is all a reflection of the modern luxury the company is known for.
Attendees who needed a shopping fix, participated in the silent auction. Items included a “Does the Body Good” package from MilkBoy, which consisted of dinner, merchandise and show tickets. Sue Serio wasn’t present at the event, but guests bid on opportunity to join her on Fox 29’s Good Day Philadelphia to deliver the weather.
Local celebrities included Chris Murphy and Mike Jerrick, Serio’s co-anchors from Good Day. When speaking about child hunger, Jerrick urged guests to be thankful for what they have, quoting “gratitude should be your new attitude.” Murphy made it a family affair, as his son and wife were in attendance with him. He talked about last year’s success of raising $50,000, and jokingly set a goal of $51,0oo this year. After addressing the audience, guests toasted to “no kid hungry!”
The Food Trust was founded 20 years ago with a mission to “ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food and information to make healthy decisions.” The organization works with neighborhoods, supermarkets, schools, grocers, and policymakers, to change how people think about healthy food, and to increase availability to it.
The Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center focuses on advocacy, linking people to food, policy studies, news, alerts, and anti-hunger networking. The goal is to help struggling individuals meet their needs with health and dignity.
Since 1984, Share Our Strength‘s priority has been to end childhood hunger in America. Like many of the aforementioned organizations, the campaign connects people who are in need to nutritious food and provides education on how to access and cook healthier meals. The campaign has programs including Cooking Matters, which helps families stretch their food budgets, and breakfast and lunch programs in school. While local organizations benefitted from Taste of the Nation, the Share Our Strength campaign works on a national level.