Top Chef Two-Timer on Roster for No Kid Hungry Dinner

Graffiato Restaurant Mike IsabellaIn addition to the two dozen local chefs already announced as participants in the four-course Charleston No Kid Hungry Dinner, the evening’s line-up now also includes Top Chef vet Mike Isabella.

Isabella, chef-owner of three Washington D.C. restaurants, will prepare hors d’oeuvres for VIP guests.

The Nov. 3 dinner at L’Atelier de Le Creuset benefits Share Our Strength’s campaign to end childhood hunger. Tickets are $125, but you have to shell out $200 if you want to taste Isabella’s apps. The VIP reception starts at 5 p.m. Reservations can be made online or by calling 808-7859.

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Local Chefs Band Together to Support Share Our Strength

nokidWhether they prefer fancy or folksy food, Charleston diners have a number of opportunities this fall to support Share Our Strength’s fight against childhood hunger.

Throughout the month of September, restaurant chains including Mellow Mushroom, Arby’s, Denny’s, CiCi’s Pizza, TGIFriday’s and Bruegger’s Bagels will donate a portion of their sales to the No Kid Hungry campaign. The campaign last year raised $5.9 million to fund school and summer nutrition programs; educate families about healthy eating and raise national awareness of child hunger. This year, the goal is $10 million.

Restaurants are also offering various incentives for customers to give directly to Share Our Strength: At Mellow Mushroom, customers who donate $25 or more will receive a free sausage hoagie, chips, drink and a t-shirt.

The Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry dinner at L’Atelier de Le Creuset on Nov. 3 is likely to be short on hoagies and chips, but it will have a surfeit of chefs. The four-course dinner, sponsored by the Indigo Road Restaurant Group, features 23 of Charleston’s top chefs, including – among the non-Indigo representatives — Sean Brock, Mike Lata, Ken Vedrinski, Craig Deihl, Kevin Johnson, Josh Walker, Sarah O’Kelly and Josh Keeler.

Tickets to the 6 p.m. dinner, preceded by a VIP reception at 5 p.m., are $125. To reserve, call (202)808-7859 or visit the website.

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James Beard Foundation’s Local Dish Challenge Returns

TasteAmericaKickOff-027With a single dish order, Charleston eaters this fall can support the work of two charitable organizations.

During the annual James Beard Foundation Taste America Local Dish Challenge, which runs from Sept. 1-Oct. 31, the foundation’s education department will collect $1 for every featured dish sold at one of 11 area restaurants. Additionally, diners are being asked to Instagram the JBF dish with the hashtags #JBFTasteAmerican and #Charleston. The city which produces the most Instagram images will receive the greater of $10,000 or 10 percent of the money raised nationally.

The money’s earmarked for a cause selected by participating chefs; In Charleston, Feed the Need’s been selected as the potential recipient.

Restaurants in 35 states and the District of Columbia are joining the effort. Locally, the line-up includes Fish, O-Ku, Cypress, Fleet Landing Restaurant, Indaco, Oak Steakhouse, Poogan’s Porch, Ruka’s Table, The Grocery, The Macintosh, Tristan and Wild Olive.

For more information, visit the foundation’s website.

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