It Takes a Village: NYers for the Philippines

Friday, January 24, 2014

Last November, Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines, obliterating entire cities and villages, and devastating thousands. At our country's time of need, the world responded generously to fund relief efforts—and for that, the Filipino people will always be grateful. But it takes a global village to rebuild, in whatever measure possible, the homes, communities and cities that were devastated in one fell swoop. Recognizing this challenge, a truly amazing group of New Yorkers banded together to put together a fundraising event with the goal of building a village in Iloilo through Gawad Kalinga for those devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. This is an event that brings together some major players in the industry from a multitude of cultures—all of them NYers for the Philippines.

The big event will take place on January 27, 2014 at Bagatelle, featuring cuisine from Paul Liebrandt of The Elm; Romy Dorotan and Amy Besa of Purple Yam, Philippe Bertineau of Benoit NY - A Bistro by Alain Ducasse; George Mendes of Aldea; Laurent Kalkotour of Atrium; Michael White, Amador Acosta and Marianne Bondad of the Altamarea Group; Andrew Carmellini and Jason Hua of The Dutch; Sebastien Chamaret of Bagatelle New York; and Chris Killoran of Stinky Bklyn. Also chipping in are pastry chefs Sam Mason, Johnny Iuzzini and Mario Bacherini, and mixologists Joaquin Simo of Pouring Ribbons, Jillian Vose of Death & Co., and Thor Berguist of Experimental Cocktail Club. And because it just isn't a night at Bagatelle without dancing with your dinner, all this comes with a side of getting down with music provided by DJs Stan Courtois, Benjamin Dumazot and Jason Jinx, and hip hop violinist Damien Escobar.

To whet your appetite, here's a little sampling of the extraordinary fare to be served on this night: Purple Yam's noritaco—nori sheets formed into the shape of tacos and filled with heirloom rice from the rice terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, beef short ribs cooked in the classic Filipino adobo style, and a salad of pomelo, jicama and guava.


To purchase tickets, try your luck at their raffle, or to simply make a donation for the rebuilding efforts, click here.


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  1. I thought your food photo was danggit... imagine if it were, without the adobo (that would be too much salt) but with the rice and salad... mmmm....

    1. Omg I would die for danggit, sinangag and a side of suha, singkamas and bayabas salad!!! With pinakurat!!!