Mix and mingle at Fairfield County’s premier culinary tasting event in support of Food Rescue US, the smart solution to ending hunger and food waste. Enjoy tasty bites and inventive cocktails from premier local chefs, restaurants, and mixologists throughout Fairfield and Westchester counties.
Food rescued from Super Bowl LIV will be provided to food insecure individuals throughout Miami
Miami, FL, January 16, 2020 – With more than a million people expected to attend Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium and its related events, national food recovery leader Food Rescue US is partnering with NFL Green and Centerplate, the exclusive food and beverage partner at Hard Rock Stadium and the Miami Beach Convention Center, to ensure surplus food from Super Bowl events is recovered and provided to food insecure individuals in the Miami area. Tens of thousands of pounds of food are expected to be rescued from these events to keep it from ending up in landfill where it creates methane gas that contributes to global warming.
“With the scale of an event like the Super Bowl, we always prepare plenty of food, and I’m pleased to continue our partnership with Food Rescue US – Miami to deliver any surplus to local social service agencies feeding the hungry in our community,” said Chef Dayanny de la Cruz, Executive Chef of Centerplate at Hard Rock Stadium. “Our Centerplate team is proud to give back to the communities we serve, and to ensure that the meals we create can also support those in need, thanks to the efforts of the volunteer food rescue teams.”
Over the past year, Food Rescue US – Miami has provided 250,000 meals and kept 300,000 pounds of food from landfill under the leadership of site director Ellen Bowen. Food rescued from Super Bowl LIV and related events will be delivered to Miami Rescue Mission, Broward Outreach Center, Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Lotus House Shelter, and Camillus House.
“We know food insecurity impacts one in seven people in the state of Florida,” said Carol Shattuck, CEO of Food Rescue US. “Through our work with Centerplate and NFL Green, we can make sure excess food from Hard Rock Stadium and the Miami Beach Convention Center helps to feed individuals and families throughout Miami, while also not contributing to the growing food waste crisis in the U.S.”
Started in 2011, Food Rescue US is currently rescuing in 25 locations throughout the U.S., including Miami and Broward counties. Using its proprietary app, food donors are connected with local social service agencies that feed the food insecure and volunteer food rescuers who directly transfer healthy, excess food from the food donor to social service agencies.
About Food Rescue US
Food Rescue US, a national nonprofit organization, is a leader in reducing both hunger and food waste in America by connecting the vast amount of healthy, fresh surplus food with the critical hunger demand. Through the use of its proprietary app, Food Rescue US provides the platform for volunteer food rescuers to directly transfer excess food from businesses to local social service agencies that feed the food insecure. By providing food that would otherwise be wasted and delivering it to the food insecure, Food Rescue US is keeping this wasted food from ending up in landfill where it decomposes, creating methane gas that warms the planet. Since 2011, Food Rescue US has helped launch food recovery communities in 25 locations across the country, providing 37 million meals and keeping 51 million pounds of food out of landfills. For more information or to download the app, visit foodrescue.us, find us on Facebook (facebook.com/FoodRescueUS), or follow us on Twitter (@foodrescueUS).
Centerplate is a leader in live event hospitality, “Making It Better To Be There®” for more than 115 million guests each year at more than 200 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues—including Hard Rock Stadium and the Miami Beach Convention Center. From hosting VIPs at the Super Bowl to super heroes at Comic Con, the company provides hospitality services to North America’s premier events. A Sodexo company, Centerplate creates unique, locally-inspired menus, best-in-class guest service, and one-of-a-kind experiences backed by world-class design and insights teams. Visit the company online at Centerplate.com, connect via Twitter @centerplate, Instagram @Centerplate_ or Facebook.com/centerplate.
About NFL Green
NFL Green, the NFL’s environmental program, has managed environmental-related Super Bowl projects for more than 25 years. These environmental projects are part of a larger program of community events and initiatives implemented each year by the NFL and Super Bowl Host Committee to leave a positive benefit in each Super Bowl host community. NFL Green is part of the NFL’s sustainability platform which works to create a positive, “green” legacy in host communities. These efforts include food recovery and distribution, recycling and solid waste management, recovery and donation of event and building materials, community greening projects, the use of “green energy” to power events, and the Super Kids-Super Sharing community project which puts books, sports equipment and school supplies into the hands of local children in need.
Food Rescue US is proud to be this year’s main beneficiary of the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival, located at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, CT. This multi-day event celebrates the area’s rich culinary landscape and showcasing innovation in the food and beverage industries with top culinary talent. Music performances at the Festival include: Little Big Town, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers, and Rebirth Brass Band.
Thank you to everyone who joined us and supported the first Pools, Patios, Pergolas event on Saturday in Westport, CT. It was a beautiful summer night, filled with delicious food and drinks, good music, and great friends in several spectacular outdoor settings. Special thanks to our event partner KMS Partners at Compass and the evening’s sponsors.
Pools, Patios, Pergolas – A Luxury Tasting Event, is an opportunity to view a selection of beautiful Westport properties showcasing their exquisite outdoor living spaces. Guests will be divided into three groups as they visit the properties featuring food and beverages from some of the area’s most popular, award-winning caterers, AMG, Festivities and Marcia Selden Catering & Events.
Each property will have its own theme/cuisine, plus great music and signature drinks. Music playlists will be available for download so that guests can enjoy them throughout the summer season. The groups will convene at the final locale along the Saugatuck River with food from favorite local food trucks, Fryborg and Don Bronco Taquaria, and live music for a festive party.
Tickets are $125 per person. Proceeds benefit Food Rescue US – Fairfield County.
Ticket sales for this event is now closed.
March 11, 2019 Norwalk, CT: Food Rescue US, the direct-transfer food rescue organization dedicated to ending food insecurity and food waste in America, announced their annual signature fundraising event, Food for All, will take place on April 24th at the Loading Dock in Stamford, CT. The event highlights the organization’s important work delivering more than 7 million meals a year to the food insecure and keeping more than 8 million pounds of food waste out of landfills.
Food for All has become one of Fairfield County’s most popular strolling, tasting events and this year features many fan favorites from past years and some of the hottest, new restaurants on the local dining scene. General Admission tickets are $150. Click here for tickets: foodrescue.us/foodforall
Food Rescue US is grateful for the generous sponsors of this year’s event: Northern Trust, Britton and Laurie Jones, Janice and Jim Bottiglieri, Elizabeth and Joseph Massoud Family Foundation, Alan & Fran Offenberg, Robert & Clare Kretzman, Jim Kirsch; MAV Foundation, CTbites and media sponsor Serendipity. We are also grateful for the restaurants and beverage companies that have donated their superb food and drinks for the event.
The Food Rescue US CEO Carol Shattuck said, “Now in its 9th year, Food for All is a highly anticipated event that features excellent food presented by top local restaurants and fun beverages. But most importantly, together we are helping fund our important work to end hunger and food waste in Fairfield County and around the country. Each year, thousands of volunteer food rescuers rescue food from food donors that would otherwise be wasted and deliver it to agencies that feed the food insecure. We now operate in 20 locations in 12 states and the District of Columbia. Any food left over from Food for All will be rescued and delivered that night to local agencies that feed the hungry.”
- April 24, 2019
- 6:30-9 PM
- Abigail Kirsch at The Loading Dock
- 375 Fairfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902
- Tickets: $150
- Abigail Kirsch
- Brick Walk Tavern
- Jesup Hall
- Knot Norms Catering
- Le Rouge Chocolates
- Lulu Chinese
- Match/Match Burger Lobster
- My Myx
- Terrain Garden Cafe
- The Spread
- Winfield Deli
About Food Rescue US
Founded in 2011, Food Rescue US is committed to ending American food insecurity and food waste through direct-transfer food rescue. Food Rescue US relies on a proprietary app to connect food donors with receiving agencies feeding the hungry with volunteer food rescuers who deliver the food from point a to point b. Established as a 501(c)3 non-profit food-rescue platform, Food Rescue US is focused on transferring healthy, usable foods that would otherwise end up in landfills to where it can help feed those in need. Since our founding we have delivered more than 30 million meals to the food insecure and rescued more than 43 million pounds of food from ending up in landfills.
ABC News correspondent Karen Travers created a fantastic piece on the work of our volunteers and community partners in DC. Karen met with a food donor, a rescuer, and a receiving agency to learn how and why they use the Food Rescue US app. She also caught up with Kate Urbank, our DC location leader.
500 foodies and guests + 15-20 of Fairfield County’s top new restaurants serving tasting plates and specialty cocktails = 1 awesome night to help end hunger.
Our goal is to raise funds to rescue 3 million meals for people in the community – don’t miss out on this special evening! Get your tickets now.
by Amanda A. Swan
Do you know where your next meal is coming from? Consider yourself lucky. 12.3% of US households experienced food insecurity during 2016, meaning that they were uncertain where they could obtain enough food for every member of the family to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. That means more than one out of every ten American households struggled to consistently put food on their family’s table, despite the fact that the United States is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. For Americans, poverty is too often imagined as a far off problem, one that exists only in penniless nations across the planet. The reality is that scarcity is your next door neighbor, a dilemma which directly impacts the very people you interact with each and every day.
Although you might imagine the food insecure as people who are homeless or panhandling on the corner, a lot of these hungry people aren’t so different from you. Their children sit in the desks next to your child at school, they pass you in the grocery store while you do your shopping for the week. A full belly makes it easy to forget that the waiter serving your dinner might have skipped lunch to make sure his daughter could eat. We seldom consider that the smiling barista making our coffee every morning might be wondering when she’ll be able to afford to eat breakfast again.