Sponsor Appreciation

Sponsor Appreciation: Franciscan Oakville Estate

When ICON ESTATES contacted us and asked “do you think you could use a winemaker on your next trip?” we didn’t hesitate to shout a resounding “yes!”  The resulting collaboration is an incredibly exciting and unique sponsorship.  FRANCISCAN has generously agreed to sponsor a wine-pairing dinner for the entire CulinaryCorps team at Bourbon House on Sunday, April 19th.

Michael Eckstein, Franciscan’s winemaker, has paired up with Darin Nesbit, the executive chef of Bourbon House, to craft a multi-course menu featuring Franciscan’s wines.

In tandem with the meal, Michael will be giving the group a short lesson on the art of wine-blending  featuring his Magnificat.  We have no doubt it will be a night to remember and thank Icon Estates and Franciscan Estate for their tremendous generosity and willingness to share their love of their craft with us.

A special thanks to the folks at BOURBON HOUSE (Lee Anne, Darin, Barry and Wesley) for pulling together the evening so seamlessly.

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Sponsor Appreciation: Ten Speed Press

We would like to thank TEN SPEED PRESS for their generous donation on our behalf of over 25 cookbooks to Edible Schoolyard New Orleans.  Edible Schoolyard’s Chef/Forager, April Neujean, received the brimming box last week and was excited to find “books I’ve been wanting for a very long time in there.  I’m already thinking of some great lesson plan ideas!!”

We are incredibly excited to be a part of the genesis of the Edible Schoolyard’s cookbook library.  Thank you TEN SPEED PRESS for your commitment not only to quality books but to sharing the ideas within.

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Platinum Patron Spotlight: Zwilling JA Henckels

We are pleased to announce a newly created category of sponsorship, Platinum Patrons, in recognition of Zwillling JA Henckels.

This tier of philanthropy was created specifically for Zwilling JA Henckels, and denotes donors who contribute over $5,000 to our efforts. Creating world-class cutlery and kitchen equipment for over 275 years, Henckels also has a profound commitment to community development.

For those of you not familiar with the genesis of CulinaryCorps, Zwilling JA Henckels provided our first opportunity to visit post-Katrina New Orleans via their Cutting Edge Culinary Student Scholarship program. A partnership with Share Our Strength, the 20 scholarship recipients were given an all-expenses paid trip to Share Our Strength’s Conference of Leaders. Zwilling JA Henckels’ generosity allowed us to witness the recovery efforts of New Orleans, interact with local chef luminaries like Leah Chase and Frank Brigtsen, eat our way through the cuisine of a great city and get utterly transformed along the way.

From that one trip, CulinaryCorps was born. And now JA Henckels is once again backing our efforts in a big way. CulinaryCorps has recently received a 1-year development grant that will provide necessary funding to help create and launch trips to a new portfolio of communities around the country.

We are so honored to have Zwilling JA Henckels as our first Platinum Patron. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to a company with a lot of heart.

Viking Grill Donation

As cooks, few things get us more fired-up than an behemoth of a grill. So it was with great pleasure that CulinaryCorps was able to coordinate the donation of this fantastic Viking specimen to our friends at Edible Schoolyard NOLA.

A Real Beauty

A Real Beauty

This 41″ outdoor gas grill (complete with two side burners and one heck of a sparkle) was generously donated by the folks at Viking for the TASTE 3 conference raffle. Through a dramatic series of events (including a teary-eyed acceptance over a crowded auditorium) the grill landed into the lap of CulinaryCorps.

Finding a home for our fortuitous donation was not the problem; in many ways we wished we split it up into pieces and like the spider plant, grow a grill for ALL of our project partners. However, with onyl one to give, the gift has found a home at Edible Schoolyard’s second site, Charter Middle, who are in the first stages of introducing their magnificent cooking and gardening program to the campus. We thought that a bit of fire-power could really help the process along so happy grilling ESYNOLA!

A special thanks to Elisabeth A. from Viking for helping to coordinate the donation and the shipping.

Lower 9th Ward Benefit in Brooklyn, March 8th

Emergency Communities opened their Lower 9th Ward kitchen earlier this year. In a few short months, their comunal tables have already become a popular destination for the local community. Serving over 600 meals per day and growing, Emergency Communities gives those rebuilding their homes a chance to refuel and connect with their neighbors. CulinaryCorps is thrilled to be partnering with them in March during our inaugural trip.

But they need your help!   To raise some necessary funds to continue their meal program and add to a growing “tool library”, they are having a benefit in Brooklyn this Thursday, March 8th. Rising folk starlet Antje Duvekot will be playing and there will be drinks and good times for all.

Here’s the info:

When: Thursday March 8th @ 8pm
Featuring: Feat. Antje Duvekot, 12 Hour Shift
Where: Supreme Trading, 213 North 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Take the L to Bedford) 
Cost: $20 suggested donation