Chef José Andrés Closes D.C. and NYC Restaurants and Opens Community Kitchens for Takeout Food

Chef and humanitarian activist José Andrés has closed his restaurants in D.C. and NYC, citing the desire to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus. “We are in an unprecedented emergency,” he said on Twitter, “and as painful as it is, ALL restaurants, bars, etc. must be closed across America if we are to avoid what’s happening in other countries. This is the only way.” Per a press release, the restaurant employees will be “provided with paid leave and current health benefits for at least the first two weeks.”

As of today, all of his D.C. restaurants (including Minibar and the entire Jaleo portfolio) are closed. Some will be transformed into what the chef is calling “community kitchens” in conjunction with Andrés’s nonprofit World Central Kitchen.   READ MORE and See the Listing of Community Kitchens in New York and DC

Chocolate World Expo~New York City, Dec. 16, 2012 at the Lexington Armory

Chocolate World Expo

Chocolate World Expo, the New York area’s largest chocolate-themed event, comes to Manhattan for the first time on Sunday, December 16th, 10am-7pm, at the 69th Regiment Armory (aka Lexington Armory), bringing its own unique blend of chocolate, food and fun to the city… just in time for the holidays! Admission $20/Adults & $10/Children (5-11.)

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Restaurants Help Out Post-Sandy With Benefits, Specials And Volunteer Work

As hard-hit areas of New York City and other places up and down the East coast begin to piece themselves back together in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, dozens of restaurants around the country are pitching in with charity events to raise money for relief efforts.

See Guy Fieri’s Fundraiser

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Sawyer Water Filters Making a Difference for Needed Clean Water

A few of the children at El Shaddai Orphanage with their new water filter in Myanmar

Multi Cultural Cooking Network learned about the Sawyer Water Filter through our contributing writer, Dave Miller.  He happens to be a pastor and missionary, spending much of his year serving communities  in Mexico.  Recently, He posted a video about the difference this filter can make.  With a little research we found it is also be used in orphanges in third world countries to.

Here’s a great example of how a small investment can change lives on the field… -Dave Miller Adventures in Life Ministry

This filter is awesome. Only $126 dollars for safe drinking water. That’s 25.5 Starbucks grande latte’ with 2 extra shots. I can go without coffee for a few weeks! – Joe Ramirez –Mission Focused

Hand in Hand Night at Arcos Mexican Restaurante (Baltimore)

Please join us at Hand in Hand’s 3rd annual fundraiser – Back to School, Not Jail – September 14th, 2012, 6:00PM-9:00PM at Arcos Authentic Mexican Restaurant and Bar.

Hand in Hand Baltimore was founded in September 2009 to combat juvenile recidivism among youth under the age of 18. Hand in Hand provides youth with partnerships to create new opportunities for themselves and their families.  Find our Ticket Info and How the Money will be Used.

The Lunch Bunch

By Roger Chesley (The Virginian Pilot)-Another Tuesday has rolled around. At one Norfolk restaurant, laughs and lies, ribbing and recollections are on the menu.


The male customers, in their 60s to 80s, might talk about a long-ago basketball star or a controversial arrest of a local teenager. Over chicken and collards or grilled steak and green beans, a weekly ritual plays out – table by table – at the Golden Corral on North Military Highway.

The men tease each other, update their health – prostate issues are a concern – and plan road trips to see pro and college games.

They bask in the knowledge that they’ve tackled hardships and endured – mostly in anonymity.

Until now.

The guys call themselves the “Lunch Bunch.” It’s an informal gathering of more than 125 black men who grew up primarily in Norfolk, attended Booker T. Washington High School during segregation, and went on to successful careers in various fields.  READ MORE

See updates on their facebook page 

Heavy Seas Alehouse Guest Chef Dinner

Mark your calendars! On Wednesday, June 27, 2012, The Heavy Seas Alehouse of Baltimore, Maryland plans to host a fundraising Guest Chef Dinner.

Starting at 6pm, the event boasts 4 chefs, 1 mixologist, 4 courses, and 12 beverages. Guests include visitors from the Birch & Barley, Chazz: A Bronx Original, Wit and Wisdom and the B & O American Brasserie.

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New York Culinary Experience- April 28-29

On April 28–29, 2012, at The  International Culinary Center in New York City, passionate food-lovers will  enjoy an intimate weekend of hands-on master classes, cooking and conversation  with more than 30 of the culinary industry’s most respected talents.

The New York Culinary Experience offers you the chance  to cook side-by-side with some of the world’s most renowned chefs.

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Fogo de Chão to Feature Special Dinner Package Benefitting Junior Achievement-Baltimore MD Apr. 26

In celebration of Financial Literacy Month, Fogo de Chão ( will feature a special dinner event to support Junior Achievement of Central Maryland (JA).

The Brazilian steakhouse’s InnerHarborlocale (600   E. Pratt St.) will offer a discounted “JA Dinner Package” on Apr. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Los Angeles: Joe Pesci Pizza Festival

Joe Pesci’s Love for Good Causes and Good food comes together in a national campaign to raise funds for children’s cancer causes staring with Los Angeles , NYC, and Chicago with 12 other stops at major US cities. In 1990, Pesci won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the in Goodfellas, ten years after receiving a nomination in the same category for Raging Bull.