Gala season is upon us, which means big parties dedicated to park preservation and Meals on Wheels-like organizations are springing up. June is also LGBTQ Pride Month and restaurants are celebrating by giving back to the community. The inventor of the Cronut, Dominique Ansel designed an apron for the Eat (RED) Save Lives campaign, and the annual Negroni Week also comes to a close. This and much more in the week in food activism.
- Top Chef alum and MEGU executive chef Frances Tariga will be teaching a rainbow dumpling class on June 20. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be passed around before you get your hands dirty. Tickets are $135 and can be found here. Proceeds will go to support the LGTBQ community. The colorful dumplings will also be available at the New York City restaurant for the entirety of June.
- Chef Dominique Ansel partnered with apron company Hedley & Bennett to design an apron in honor of this month’s Eat (RED) Save Lives campaign. The apron is made of a lightweight, dark grey poly cotton twill and is designed for functionality and presentation. Sales will contribute to the collaboration’s goal of raising enough money to provide over 30,000 days worth of medication.
- Negroni Week ends on Sunday. Williamsburg bar Lo-Res is donating proceeds to Water For People while Dante in the West Village will go to God’s Love, We Deliver.
- The 32nd Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals is Monday, June 12. This year’s gala celebrates Mediterranean cuisine while raising funds for Citymeals on Wheels, a non-profit organization that feeds homebound elderly New Yorkers. This year’s chefs lineup includes Daniel Boulud, the Sussman brothers, Maria Loi, Markus Glocker and more. All proceeds and donations will go to the organization. Tickets are still up for grabs.
- The Taste of Summer benefit hosted by the Central Park Conservancy brought park lovers out on Wednesday. Restaurants like Kingsley, Serendipity 3, Shake Shack, Tavern on the Green and more dished up bites for donors in America’s most visited park. Over $800,000 was raised to benefit the Conservancy, which will go to preserving, managing and enhancing the park.
- On Tuesday, Eater reported on Washington state wineries that are faced with uncertainty under the current White House administration. Many of these grape growers rely on immigrant labor.