Resorts World tasting event benefits City Harvest
by jason Cohen
Mar 07, 2014 | 603 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Resorts World Casino last week hosted the first annual Mid-Winter Taste event to benefit City Harvest, a non- profit organization that helps feed nearly two million people each year.

The event featured food, wine and cocktails from New York’s hottest restaurants, and through Resorts World Gives, the casino donated $100,000 to City Harvest.

Rebecca Fontes, associate director of New Business Development and Corporate Sponsorships at City Harvest, said after a year’s worth of planning it was nice to see all of their hard work come to fruition.

Three years ago, City Harvest, which rescues 126,000 pounds of food each day and gives it to more than 500 community programs, started collecting food from the casino.

“It’s been a really great relationship on both ends,” Fontes said.

Resorts World public relations director Michelle Stoddart said giving back is important.

“City Harvest is one of the premier nonprofits in the community, and we’re excited to partner with them,” she said.

Among the many chefs at the fundraiser was Chris Nirschel, who has been on the Food Network, recently filmed a show for MTV, and owns a restaurant on 14th Street and 5th Avenue in Manhattan.

“City Harvest is a great organization,” Nirschel said. “I’m always willing to donate my time for good things.”

Flatbush resident Deanne Thompson and her mother Elaine came out to support the great cause and sample the delicious cuisine. Deanne, who is a self-described foodie, was looking forward to trying as much food as possible.

“I’m loving this event,” she said.

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