New York…A festive dinner attended by 250 New Yorkers raised $400,000 to support the expansion of Met Council’s Kosher Food Network, distribution program and services. Held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on March 11th, the emcee was Arthur Schwartz, Brooklyn’s own internationally acclaimed food critic, television and radio personality, award winning author and guest lecturer. He is better known as The Food Maven. In total, the evening ticket sales, raffle, silent auction and live auction raised more than $400,000 which will support the expansion of Met Council’s existing food distribution program, kosher food pantry, food vouchers, weekend and holiday meals for the homebound elderly and the creation of three new soup kitchens. There are currently three Met Council-Masbia kitchens (Boro Park, Flatbush and Williamsburg). Awards were presented to Kenneth Chenault, Chairman and CEO of American Express, by New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver; John Doherty, Principal of Wolfpack Hospitality and Former Executive Chef of the Waldorf Astoria, by Menachem Lubinsky; Pomegranate, the successful gourmet Brooklyn kosher supermarket owned by Abraham Banda; and Central Synagogue, accepted by Kenneth Heitner.
March 22, 2010