Bid Against Hunger is an annual event held at pier 36 in Manhattan to raise money for a charity called City Harvest. This year, over 70 chefs and restaurants donated their time and food to serve more than 900 guests, and together they raised close $1.4 million dollars. 1.4 million! That’s a lot of money.
City Harvest has been working to feed the hungry in New York City ever since it was founded in 1982. They collect leftover and excess food from grocery stores, restaurants, farms, cafeterias, and manufacturers, then deliver it free-of-charge to city-wide community food programs. Every single day, countless volunteers give up their time to keep this organization in motion and help feed over one million people every year. Without them and the generous funding of donors, none of this would be possible.
Every year at Bid Against Hunger, people gather to taste food from the best chefs in New York City and to bid incredible prizes. Some of the offerings this year included private in-home dinners with top chefs, lavish weekend getaways, and even a Thanksgiving day skype session with celebrity chef Marc Murphy. How cool is that?
This year, I was lucky enough to attend on behalf of Finlandia, who sponsored this awesome event. It was my job to walk around and thank all the chefs for their participation while passing out samples of our butter and cheese, which for the record, everyone loved. In addition, I got to interview some industry bigwigs like Michael White, Éric Ripert, and Ron Ben-Israel. NBD.
Chalone Vineyard and the Foley family of wines was cool enough to donate a few bottles of a really nice chardonnay as a gift for all of the chefs who donated their time and food for this event. This bottle is a 2014 chardonnay reserve, and it commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Judgement of Paris in 1976, when California wines beat out French wines in a tasting for the very first time. I managed to take a bottle home – and let me tell you – it’s some really tasty stuff. Buttery and rich – this is exactly the kind of white wine you want to be drinking in the fall. Not to mention, it pairs perfectly with Finlandia butter and cheese.
I absolutely loved meeting and chatting with all the chefs, but the best part of the night? Getting to walk around and sample some of the incredible food they were offering. There was no way I could have tasted it all, but highlights included shrimp from Le Bernardin, orecchiette with sausage and a silky parmesan cream sauce from chef Marc Murphy of Landmark, and olive oil chocolate truffles from Mast Brothers. Everything was delicious, but I haven’t stopped dreaming about that pasta from Landmark ever since. Expect to see a recipe for my version of it sometime soon.
It was beyond a privilege to have taken part in such an amazing night with such kind and compassionate people raising money for such an important organization. I want to give a special thank you to Finlandia for having me there with them, and if you live in the New York City area, be sure to check out City Harvest and if you have the means, please consider donating to this very worthy cause.
The butter was flowing that night! And as you can see below, one of the most highly regarded pastry chefs in the nation was absolutely loving it. Have you tried Finlandia butter yet?