Breaking Ground today announced Serving Up Home, a one-night-only benefit event featuring Michelin-starred chefs Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud, Carlo Mirarchi, Günter Seeger, and Michael White to support critical services for New York City’s homeless. On Monday, June 5th at 7:30 p.m., the chefs will prepare signature dishes to be served at a special fundraiser in the Prince George Ballroom for Breaking Ground, New York City’s largest provider of street outreach services and supportive housing for homeless New Yorkers. Benefit attendees will enjoy the chefs’ tasting dishes, passed assaggi by Il Posto Tuo as well as an open bar and gourmet desserts. Tickets are now on sale at http://www.breakingground.org/servinguphome/. All proceeds will go directly to benefiting the nonprofit’s street outreach and transitional housing services.
“Hunger and homelessness go hand in hand,” said Cynthia Ochterbeck, Editorial Director for Michelin Travel Partner. “Michelin is proud to partner with some of the world’s top chefs and Breaking Ground to raise much-needed funds that will extend life-saving services for at-risk New Yorkers.”
“At Breaking Ground, we believe everyone deserves a home. We are so grateful to Michelin and chefs Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud, Carlo Mirarchi, Günter Seeger, and Michael White for donating their time and amazing culinary talents to raise money for a deeply important cause. Every day, we meet homeless New Yorkers living on the streets and trying to pull together enough change for just a meal. We find them without hope, and this benefit will enable us to give these terribly disadvantaged individuals more than hope – it will allow us to provide the sustained supports that they need to permanently escape homelessness,” said Brenda Rosen, President and CEO of Breaking Ground.
“America is the wealthiest nation in the history of the world. Yet many in our community are without basic tools for life of food and shelter. In Breaking Ground, Michelin— the definitive global network of chefs and restaurants— has identified a partner that’s doing important work in my local community. I am thrilled to lend my support alongside this exceptional group of cooks,” said Chef Mario Batali.
“I opened my first restaurant in New York City more than 20 years ago, and I am always thrilled to be able to give back to the community I belong to and love in a meaningful way. I’m proud to partner with Michelin and my colleagues to support Breaking Ground, a non-profit that has been helping our most vulnerable neighbors since 1990,” said Chef Daniel Boulud.
“I feed people for a living so I am proud to support a New York City non-profit that is doing so much for those who have so little, especially in my home community of Brooklyn. I look forward to serving up a delicious dish to raise money for a very worthy cause,” said Chef Carlo Mirarchi.
“Living in New York City, my family and I encounter the homeless almost every day. It doesn’t have to be this way. I’m excited to partner with Michelin in support of Breaking Ground, one of the city’s top non-profits who are on the ground every day working to solve this incredibly urgent problem,” said Chef Günter Seeger.
“As chefs, our focus is on creating exceptional food for New Yorkers who are established in their lives, while others are serving up human services for our those who are without such essential stability. I’m proud to support this important cause, creating a great dining event that will result in so many at-risk New Yorkers getting the services they need to also have a decent life in our great city,” said Chef Michael White.
Since 1990, Breaking Ground has helped more than 13,000 people escape and avoid homelessness. Breaking Ground’s dedicated staff are on the streets of New York every day of the year, 24/7, connecting with the homeless and working to bring them inside and connect them with services to restore their lives. As the city’s largest supportive housing provider, Breaking Ground operates 19 transitional and permanent housing residences, primarily in New York City, providing safe, stable, beautiful housing for those who need it most.
The Prince George Ballroom is located at 15 East 27th Street in Manhattan, inside Breaking Ground’s Prince George residence. The Prince George has a rich history as one of New York City’s grand hotels in the early 1900s. Breaking Ground bought the building in the 1990s after it had fallen into disrepair, and transformed it into more than 400 units of affordable and supportive housing for homeless and low-income individuals. Breaking Ground worked with architects and designers to restore the hotel’s spectacular neo-renaissance ballroom, and recently completed a major renovation of the space with world-class designer Jamie Drake and his Drake Design Associates.
Serving Up Home is being sponsored by Michelin Guides, COOKFOX Architects, The MetLife Foundation, The Durst Organization, Vornado Realty Trust, and Gotham Organization and many more. Specialty foods are being provided by D’Artagnan, spirits by Edrington, and beverages from Nestle Waters.
For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.breakingground.org/servinguphome/.