Monday’s benefit dinner for Change Food was a tremendous success! Thanks to everyone who spent the evening with us. We took to the hip area of Williamsburg, that boasts having 1500 restaurants in the neighborhood, one of which is the fantastic Lighthouse BK. As we unwind from a night of delicious food and engaging conversation, let’s take a look at some of our favorite moments from the evening.
We couldn’t have asked for a better venue than Lighthouse BK . The cozy corner space and classic exposed brick create a loft-like ambiance that made everyone feel right at home as soon as they walked in. Lighthouse’s entire philosophy is an inspiration for where food is headed in the future. All of their ingredients are locally sourced, and they collaborate with other green-minded organizations to continue improving and educating the staff and community about the Good Food Movement. Further supporting local sources and creating a homey feel, Lighthouse BK’s ceramic oil dishes are handcrafted by one of their servers, and even their napkins are specially made by owners’ mother. Special thanks to Naama and Assaf Tamir and their team for being such gracious hosts!
The highlight of the evening was without a doubt, the family style meal courtesy of head chef, Joey Scalabrino. Aside from the delicious, wild-caught oysters provided from Sea to Table, the meal was entirely vegetarian. Other dishes included freshly baked bread with assorted dips, grilled escarole with tahini and seeds, brussels sprouts with kohlrabi and peanut sauce, deviled eggs with Sir Kensington’s mayonnaise and freekah with grilled asparagus, feta and pistachios. All of these fresh and creative dishes were made from produce donations provided by Edenworks, Local Roots, and Gotham Greens. Dessert was homemade Pa Pie off Lighthouse’s regular menu and Sweet Loren’s all-natural, gluten-free chocolate chunk cookies. And of course, dinner wouldn’t be complete without beer from Strong Rope Brewery and organic, biodynamic and natural wines from Lighthouse.
Amidst the dinner spread, the room was buzzing with conversation from people across the food industry. VIP guests had the chance to dine with Andrew Ive, Managing Director of Food-X, Robert Graham, food doctor and cofounder of Fresh Med NYC, Viraj Puri, cofounder and CEO of Gotham Greens, and Change Food founder, Diane Hatz.
Inspiration was everywhere, and the guests were as diverse as their work. Other notable guests included David McInerney, co-founder of FreshDirect; Emmanuel Verstraeten, owner of Rouge Tomate Chelsea; Matthew Tortora, cofounder & CEO of Crave Food Services; Jason Green, co-founder of Edenworks; Angel Veza, who is working with the World Wildlife Fund focusing on hospitality food waste; Jeanette Bronée, author, founder of Path for Life and self-nourishment coach; Sam Slover, cofounder and CEO of The Sage Project.
We kicked off the night with a raffle where four lucky winners took home: jams from STAGG Jam and Marmalade, a signed copy of Mastering Stocks and Broth by Rachael Mamane (Chelsea Green Publishing), a signed copy of Stephen Ritz of Green Bronx Machine’s upcoming book The Power of a Plant, and two tickets to Demo Day at Food-X. Thanks to these companies for donating the items for the raffle!
Guests also had the chance to bid in an online auction for a variety of food, health and wellness items, with item values totaling $3000.
Everyone left the evening with a gift bag fit for foodies that was filled with products from some of our favorite local spots. Thanks to Dig Inn, Gotham Greens, Sir Kensington’s, Michel et Augustin, Sfoglini Pasta Shop, Anya’s All Natural Licorice, Rawclates and Sweet Loren’s for their kind contributions to the gift bags.
With so many passionate, talented people all gathered in the same place, it was hard to leave the Lighthouse dinner without feeling inspired. Interacting with one another and hearing people’s stories highlighted the positive momentum of the food industry as it continues to grow and change. Here’s to many more opportunities for us to come together and connect over a fantastic meal in the future!
Couldn’t make it to Change Food’s dinner at Lighthouse BK? Keep an eye out for future events. We’re already cooking up our next adventure and will be announcing it soon!
Change Food aggregates the best of the best already working toward healthy food change, amplifies their voices through our events and programs, and advance their work and the goal of the food movement – to provide healthy, safe, delicious, fair food for ALL. To learn more, visit ChangeFood.org. Follow and support us on Patreon.