Show Your Support for the Friends of JJ’s Benefit on March 5, 2013 in Kansas City!

Don’t miss your chance to step up — and out — for the workers impacted by the deadly fire at Kansas City landmark JJ’s Restaurant.

As you may have heard, iconic restaurant JJ’s in Kansas City, Missouri, was completely destroyed by a devastating fire on February 19th. The fire also claimed the life of  JJ’s employee Megan Cramer. One of the oldest independently operated restaurants in Kansas City, JJ’s is esteemed by both diners and fellow members of the Kansas City restaurant community.

Please join JJ’s owners, staff, patrons, and friends in support of the JJ’s employees impacted by this tragedy at a fundraiser on Tuesday, March 5th at 7PM at the Uptown Theater. Hosted by former Chiefs player Eddie Kennison and KCTV5’s Kelly Jones, the event features food and drink from area restaurants, live music on multiple stages, and a silent auction with a number of items from local Kansas City merchants.

Featuring The Latenight Callers and David George and A Crooked Mile, the Friends of JJ’s Benefit will also include performances by The Grisly Hand, Patrick Krief (of The Dears), Megan Birdsall, Victor & Penny, Loaded Goat, Allied Saints, Shellac Attack, and DJ Rico. Proceeds will benefit the immediate needs of JJ’s staff and employees impacted by the Plaza fire, as well as a fund in honor of Megan Cramer.

Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster and are available at several price points. If you’re unable to attend, you may make a donation to the J.J.’s Staff Assistance Fund at any Country Club Bank branch.Continue Reading

No Fracking Way: Join NY Chefs at Anti-Fracking Fundraiser in Brooklyn, 7/26

The fight against fracking in New York has gained momentum among chefs, farmers, small business owners, and concerned citizens.

On Thursday, July 26, Brooklyn Winery will host Taste of The Marcellus at Brooklyn Winery to benefit New Yorkers Against Fracking and Chefs for the Marcellus. Featuring dishes from chefs Michael Anthony (Gramercy Tavern), Zak Pelaccio (Fatty ‘Cue), Bill Telepan (Telepan), Chris Santos (The Stanton Social), and other culinary luminaries, the event, sponsored by StarChefs, will be the most delicious way to stand up for the environment with your fellow foodies.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside. It sounds simple(ish), but, if you’re worried about the quality of your drinking water, among other things, it’s a lot more complicated than it seems. A lot. In New York, fracking is not yet legal — but it could be. New York chefs, proud drinkers of some of the nation’s tastiest tap water and supporters of sustainability, are banding together to help stop fracking in its tracks.

Purchase tickets today to enjoy amazing seasonal eats, plus unlimited pours of Brooklyn Winery’s own New York wines, Brewery Ommegang beers, Eve’s Cidery hard ciders, and Tuthilltown cocktails. We’ll see you in the BK tomorrow!

Food for Thought: Eat Out for Education in San Francisco on November 11

Food-for-Thought-2009If you’re going to be dining out in San Francisco’s Mission area on Wednesday, November 11, your meal can make a difference in the lives of Mission Graduates, a non-profit organization. Food for Thought is an annual, one-day “dine-out” event during which participating restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to help increase the number of youth from San Francisco’s Mission District who are prepared for and complete a college education.

Some of the Mission’s most popular restaurants are taking part in this worthwhile event, from Farina and Flour + Water to Slow Club and Spork. Help educate tomorrow’s college graduates while you educate and entertain your palate. Reserve now!