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January 20, 2009

Top Chefs Unite to End Hunger

A Tasteful Feast

Some of the nation's top chefs will be taking their talents on tour with the aim of helping to feed hungry kids. A Tasteful Pursuit, as the tour is known, kicks off on January 26 at New York's Lever House Restaurant, where chef Bradford Thompson will be joined by Terrance Brennan and chocolatier Jacques Torres. Other stops on the tour include Palm Beach, Nashville, Washington, D.C., and Dallas.

A Tasteful Pursuit is the brainchild of Share Our Strength, an organization devoted to ending childhood hunger in America.  According to the organization's Web site, more than 12.6 million children in America--that's one in six--are at risk of hunger. Here are some more sobering stats. Thankfully, chefs such as Michelle Bernstein (Michy's, Miami), Don Yamauchi, (Forté Restaurant, Birmingham, MI), and Zach Bell, (Café Boulud Palm Beach) will be cooking for the country and, ultimately, its kids.

Check here for a schedule of this year's dinners.

Further reading:
* Bradford Thompson is also involved with Chefs for Humanity
* Condé Nast Traveler's Five & Alive Fund: Improve the health of children five and under
* Catch of the Day: International noshables

Comments

I just got the menu for the Lever House dinner, which boasts top New York talents. Joe Ng from Chinatown Brasserie has some dim sum to start at the reception: Crab and Shrimp Dumplings, Fresh Corn and Pea Leaf Potsticker, and Beef with Lotus Root Pastry. The menu itself starts with Annita Lo's (Bar Q, Annisa) Cobia Sashimi with Radishes and Spicy Cod Roe; moves on to Terrance Brennan's Steamed Black Sea Bass with Celeriac, Grape Chutney, Black Truffle, and Celery Tempura; Chicken Liver, Sweet Onion and Bacon Cavatelli from Marc Murphy (Landmarc, Ditch Plains); and Milk-Fed Veal Rumsteack with Sweetbread and Taleggio Cheese Purse Prosciutto Wrapped Salsify, Tomato Marmalade from Alain Allegretti (Allegretti). For dessert, Michael Laiskonis of Le Bernardin's got a Lemon Parfait with Pistachio Pain de Genes, Caramelized White Chocolate, and Vanilla Sorbet; and Jacques Torres will cap off the evening with assorted bon bons, chocolates, and petit fours. If this menu is a good indication of what's to come (which I'm told it is), then diners nationwide have some treats coming their ways.

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