Dine Out for Heroes 2016: How Your Support Helps Veterans Like Denise + Mark Beyers

Dine Out for Heroes 2016

Want to help out a hero? Dine Out for Heroes 2016 returns to New York on Friday, November 11th! When you dine at a participating Dine Out for Heroes restaurant on Veterans Day, $1 will be donated to the Bob Woodruff Foundation. The Bob Woodruff Foundation creates long-lasting, positive outcomes for our nation’s wounded, ill, and injured veterans, service members, and their families, by finding, funding, and shaping initiatives that enrich the lives of these heroes.

Dine Out for Heroes 2016

United States Marines Denise and Mark Beyers of Beyers Maple Farm in East Aurora, New York, each served our nation for eight years and are the recipients of one of the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s vital grants that have helped them grow their farm. Mark was injured by an IED in 2005, losing part of one leg and an arm and sustaining life-threatening internal injuries. When he returned to the states, he and Denise purchased their farm — without any intent of farming. It was only when Mark was out hunting on his land and a maple leaf fell into his lap that he took note of the plethora of maple trees growing on the property. Spurred by childhood memories of making syrup with his father and godfather, he and Denise set about tapping the trees and making syrup the next spring in 2010. The process brought the pair such great joy and satisfaction that this hobby would soon become their vocation in 2012. The family, which includes their two young daughters, ages 1 and 5, also raises chickens and turkeys.

Dine Out for Heroes 2016

Expanding their operations enough for the business to be sustainable, however, required outside assistance. Denise learned about the Farmer Veteran Coalition in almost the same manner that Mark discovered all those maple trees — it sort of fell into her lap. She says, “I happened to be reading Mother Earth News magazine and there was an article on weeds I was researching and I came across something that said ‘Farmer Veteran Coalition.’ So, I clicked on their website and learned what they had to offer for veterans. We were just starting off our business, and I thought maybe we could apply for some assistance, like the grants and education that they offer. I did — and we both were approved for grants through them. Newman’s Own Foundation and the Bob Woodruff Foundation donated money to Farmer Veteran Coalition to help veterans like us to offset the cost of getting our business up and running.”

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Restaurants For Change Unites Chefs Across Canada to Make a Difference

Restaurants for Change

We have all experienced the power of food in one way or another. It brings people together, it fosters community and it nourishes our body and soul, among so many other things. In low-income communities especially, access to healthy food is a significantly transformative force. Organizations like Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) are not only important advocates for the life-changing power of food but seek to empower communities to work toward a healthy and fair food system. With issues like food insecurity, poverty, and poor diet on the rise, not just in Canada but all over the world, the work they do is more relevant and important as ever. But CFCC isn’t only up to speed with the current state of the food economy, they are in tune with the changing trends within the culinary landscape as well and how they can utilize those trends to make a change.

“As interest in food and cooking has increased, so has the influence of chefs,” says Danielle Goldfinger, fundraising and events manager for CFCC. “People who care about food care what chefs have to say and that’s why it’s critical they lend their voices in support of an equitable food system.”

To this end, CFCC has united 65 restaurants across Canada in 15 cities, from Vancouver to Halifax, to produce their national fundraiser Restaurants For Change. On Wednesday, October 19, proceeds from dinner service at participating restaurants will be donated to support CFCC and other like-minded organizations that bring people together to grow, cook, share, and advocate healthful food for all.Continue Reading

Produce Playoff 2016 for No Kid Hungry: That’s a Wrap!

Produce Playoff 2016 for No Kid Hungry

This week, the culinary creatives at Betony partnered wth No Kid Hungry to hold the third annual Produce Playoff. After “drafting” their ingredients at the Union Square Greenmarket, some of the world’s finest chefs and beverage experts, including event founders Bryce Shuman and Eamon Rockey (Betony), Bo Bech (Geist), Daniel Burns (Luksus), Flynn McGarry (Eureka), Danielle-Innes (Cosme), Mina Pizzaro (Betony), Leo Robitshcek (The NoMad), Caleb Ganzer (Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels), and Dean Fuerth (Betony), gathered to craft dishes and drinks that showcased their picks in the most delicious ways. More than $75,000 was raised over the course of the evening.

If you missed it, photographer Simon Lewis was on hand to document the prep, the fun, the food, and the spirits. Check out the slideshow below.

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Produce Playoff Draft 2016: The Picks Are In!

Ahead of the third annual Produce Playoff to benefit No Kid Hungry at Betony on August 24, 2016, the players gathered in New York’s bustling Union Square Greenmarket to “draft” the stars of the dishes and drinks they’ll be creating next week. “Competing” chefs and beverage experts, including event founders Bryce Shuman and Eamon Rockey (Betony), Bo Bech (Geist), Daniel Burns (Luksus), Flynn McGarry (Eureka), Danielle-Innes (Cosme), Mina Pizzaro (Betony), Leo Robitshcek (The NoMad), Caleb Ganzer (Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels), and Dean Fuerth (Betony), spent the morning dashing around the market to stake their claim to the season’s best bounty in two lively rounds.

Catch the action with these shots from photographer Simon Lewis. Then, purchase your tickets to join us at the Produce Playoff on Wednesday to support No Kid Hungry in a most delicious way.

Produce Playoff Draft 2016
Let’s get it started in here.
Produce Playoff Draft 2016
Chef Bryce Shuman of Betony sounds the horn of Gondor.
Produce Playoff Draft 2016
Forget being true to your school; emcee Corey Warren of Betony is true to the #NoKidHungry cause.
Produce Playoff Draft 2016
“I’m sorry, but I don’t see your name on the list.”
Produce Playoff Draft 2016
Chef Flynn McGarry has a eureka moment when he spies ripe watermelon.
Produce Playoff Draft 2016
The future of the fight against childhood hunger is so bright, we’ve gotta wear shades.
Produce Playoff Draft 2016
2016 James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year Daniela Soto-Innes channels her inner fashion blogger after selecting freshly harvested corn.
Produce Playoff Draft 2016
Pretty sure this is the prettiest draft board we’ve ever seen.
Produce Playoff Draft 2016
“I haz all the herbs.”
Produce Playoff Draft 2016
Open up and say … “Ahh!”
Produce Playoff Draft 2016
Flags were hoisted as the battle among the chefs for the best produce continued.
Produce Playoff Draft 2016
Despite going sleeveless, we’re pretty sure pastry chef Mina Pizarro of Betony has a special plan for this celery up her sleeve.
Produce Playoff Draft 2016
“No, seriously, I’m going to squash the competition.”
Produce Playoff Draft 2016
Which chef has her or his eyes on the prize of summer tomatoes?

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