Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer

Paul Rudd, Marc Murphy, and Gretchen Holt-Witt 
©Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan
The third annual Chefs for Kids' Cancer benefit hosted by Cookies for Kids' Cancer, a nonprofit organization funding pediatric cancer research, was held recently at Metropolitan West. It was an incredible event with virtually every top chef (Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Marc Murphy, James Kent, Dan Kluger, Justin Smillie, et al.) cooking for individual tables. A few of our favorite photos are below, but in this album find more shots of notable guests including actor Paul Rudd, Princess Beatrice, radio host Elvis Duran, and actress/musician Jill Hennessy.

This year's benefit raised more than $1 million (and counting!) to fund pediatric cancer treatments. Cookies for Kids' Cancer was founded by Gretchen and Larry Witt, who lost their son Liam to pediatric cancer at the age of six. The couple realized a major gap in funding for pediatric cancer research, and, inspired by their son's own battle with the disease, they decided to take action and bake 96,000 cookies as a larger-than-life fundraiser to help fund a treatment in development.

This extraordinary bake sale raised more than $420,000 and helped to fund a treatment children are receiving today. Through the concept of local events and online cookie sales, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has granted more than $10 million to date, funding six dozen research projects, including 32 that are now treatments available for children battling cancer today.

OR better yet, BUY COOKIES! All proceeds go back to the organization:

                            Mario Batali, Cookies for Kids' Cancer Founder Gretchen Holt-Witt,
                                     and Bobby Flay
©Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Great Valentine's Freeze

This will be the first year in many that we're not going out to a Valentine's Day dinner.
It's too darn cold outside.
Instead, we'll enjoy a surf and turf courtesy of my husband's talents in the kitchen.
And, that's it.
Nothing special, yet still looking forward to the simplicity of dining in this year.
Wishing you and yours to stay warm!
From the tundra that is NYC,
NYC Foodie Girl

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Back to Work

2015 was a year that NYC Foodie Girl had to re-boot, per se.

It's not that we didn't dine out, it's merely a barrage of circumstances that precluded my ability to post and write for my blog on a regular basis.

I'm aiming for 2016 to be much better. Focusing on foodie events, restaurants, product reviews and of course, travel.

If you have any suggestions, I'm always ready and willing to listen! I have to check my inbox for some invites that have come my way, too. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your emails, invitations and suggestions for this website! Keep them coming! And, remember: Life is too short to eat bad food.

Friday, October 23, 2015

New Restaurant Coming to Disney Springs

Chef Rick Bayless, a six-time James Beard Foundation award winner, is the latest chef to sign on to open a new restaurant at Disney Springs™ at Walt Disney World® Resort*. Known for his authentic Mexican cuisine, Bayless is opening Frontera Fresco, featuring specialties such as hand-crafted tortas, tacos, salads, fresh-made guacamole and classic Mexican braised meat entrees, all crafted with his time-honored recipes. And, of course, margaritas (plus cocktails, beers and wine).

Bayless is probably best known for winning the title of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef Masters,” and his highly rated National Public Television Series, “Mexico–One Plate at a Time,” is in its 10th season. His popular Chicago restaurants include Frontera Grill (which received a Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant in 2007); Topolobampo; Xoco, and several locations for Frontera Fresco.

His six James Beard Foundation Awards are for two cookbooks; Midwest Chef of the Year; National Chef of the Year; Humanitarian of the Year, and Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America. 

*Disney Springs was formerly known as Downtown Disney

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