Citymeals Culinary Circle Incubates “The Next Generation of Charitable Foodies”
“[Citymeals] focuses on an important group: the elderly who may not be able to cook or shop anymore — who may not have family to care for them, but who still want to live in their homes and be a part of the community.”
—Chef Daniel Boulud, Co-President of the Board of Citymeals-on-Wheels
We’re long-time supporters of the invaluable work of Citymeals-on-Wheels, which feeds New York’s homebound elderly. Through providing a continuous lifeline of nutritious food and human company, it helps them live with dignity in their own familiar homes and communities.
Today marks the founding of a new initiative by the organization: Citymeals Culinary Circle, which has been described as “a council-type emerging group of New York chefs, restaurateurs, food writers, editors and culinary industry influencers…one that not only continuously engages with the food community but also one that sees its individual members mentor one another, while supporting Citymeals’ mission.”
- Citymeals-on-Wheels delivers more than two million meals to more than 18,000 homebound elderly New Yorkers annually.
- Since 1981, Citymeals has delivered 50 million meals.
- Average cost of a weekend meal: $6.42.
- 73% of meal recipients live alone, with 40% rarely or never leaving their homes.
- 66% of meal recipients are women.
- In addition to delivering meals, Citymeals also offers Senior Chat and Senior Script (connecting with meal recipients through calls and letters), Handmade Cards (crafting cards to deliver on holidays, birthdays and more), and Friendly Visiting (meeting with isolated neighbors on a weekly basis).
We were honored to join the CCC’s organizers — Chef Daniel Boulud and executive Bob Grimes, who serve as Co-Presidents of Citymeals’ Board — along with restaurateur Drew Nieporent and Chef Charlie Palmer for CCC’s founding meeting, along with other members of the Circle, who include Michael Anthony (Gramercy Tavern), Franco Barrio (Bespoke Kitchen), Jamie Bissonnette (Toro), food writer Lauren Bloomberg, Nicolas Bustamente (Bespoke Kitchen), chef Cesare Casella, Leah Cohen (Pig & Khao), Rebecca Dengrove (Brewla Bars), Luca Di Pietro (Tarallucci E Vino), author Andrew Dornenburg, chef Elizabeth Falkner, food writer Julianne Feder, Marc Forgione (American Cut), Markus Glocker (Batard), Ben Grossman (Marietta, Smoke Joint, Peaches), JJ Johnson (The Cecil), Peter Kaminsky, James Kent (The NoMad Hotel), Kristine Ku (Epicurean Group), Adin Langille (David Burke Fabrick), Shane Lyons (Distilled), Jo-Ann Makovitzky (One Five Hospitality), Douglas Matthews (CV Starr & Co.), Tai Muhammed, Elizabeth Murray (Gramercy Tavern), Robert Nieporent (Epicurean Group), Michael “Buzzy” O’Keefe (River Cafe), author Karen Page, Michael Rabasco (Bespoke Kitchen), Ruth Reichl, Alex Reyes (Saks Fifth Avenue), Ali Rosen, Craig Samuel (Marietta, Smoke Joint, Peaches), Jesse Schenker (The Gander), Andrew Schnipper (Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen), Jonathan Schnipper (Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen), Bryce Shuman (Betony), Bill Telepan (Telepan), Cedric Vongerichten (Perry Street), Marcus Ware (Aureole), and Jeff Zalaznick (Major Food Group).
As the CCC moves forward in 2016, it’s a wonderful time to get involved. As we can attest firsthand, going out on a Citymeals delivery can be a profound experience. Doing so turned us into avid supporters — including of the organization’s annual Chefs’ Tribute at Rockefeller Center and Power Lunch for Women and other events (such as Chef Daniel Boulud‘s upcoming March 13th “Sunday Supper“) — for life.