This year was the inaugural Super Chefs event, and a step in a completely different direction from Bowl for Kids. But by the end of the evening, it was clear to everyone that we would have to do Super Chefs again next year…and the year after that. It was a huge success!
The super chefs themselves created mouth-watering tastings to please a crowd of 400. Chef Chris Santos prepared pork belly B.L.T. tacos; chef Maneet Chauhan prepared moong daal chaat in semolina puffs with mint cilantro water; chef Gabe Thompson prepared pork meatballs with polenta, bacon, tomato and Parmesan; chef Abraham Salum prepared Guajillo chile, wild mushroom and Oaxaca cheese tamales with braised chicken and Komali’s finger salsa tamale; and chef Vincent Chirico prepared a hamachi and yellowfin tuna duo with preserved ginger sauce and avocado.
From a campaign that raised more than $250,000, to chefs who are eager to stay involved with their partner schools, Super Chefs was a remarkable–and fun–experience. And we think, by looking at these photos, you can see that on every face.
Want to see more? Click here. Thanks to everyone who participated in the Super Chefs campaign and event!
On Thursday, November 7, the Fan4Kids students at P.S. 81 had a special visitor: Super Chef Abraham Salum! Before he flexes his culinary muscle at our benefit on the 14th, he got to know the kids he’s supporting.
Armed with a selection of ingredients chosen by our students, including cream cheese, Nutella, banana, cucumbers and yogurt, Chef Salum taught them to “play with their food,” in other words, to experiment with taste and presentation, because that’s where the real fun in cooking and eating lies. One brave student volunteered to be a guinea pig for the class: Cream cheese – who knew it was so good? Cucumbers and Nutella – not such a good idea.
Chef Salum was a natural teacher, and gathered the 20 or so fourth graders, parents, teachers and on-lookers around him to watch him work his magic. Then, to make sure everyone got a taste, he broke everyone into teams. Working with the ingredients at hand, which also included strawberries and Nilla wafers, the students whipped up their own dishes. Each group had their own unique spin on taste and presentation, and a healthy snack to eat at the end of the class.
“The visit to the school was fantastic!” Chef Salum wrote to us. Now, he’s gearing up for Super Chefs, where you can meet him and share your love of P.S. 81 and good food in person!
Our runners couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day to run the ING New York City Marathon on November 3—cool temperatures, partly sunny, not too much wind. We couldn’t have asked for a better team, some of whom have been holding out since last year to run for Change for Kids. Our thanks to Maureen Ford, Pat Daly, Suraj Patel, Viral Patel, Courtney Raneri, Brad Zanoni, Ken Davidoff and Alex Porter. Together, these athletes have raised more than $25,000 for the students in our partner schools.
At the end of their run, several teammates toasted their triumph. As you can see, they make running 26.2 miles and raising $25k look easy!
With Super Chefs only a week away (buy your tickets here), we thought you might like to meet the stars of the new CFK video. They’re tiny, but they pack a wallop of on-screen power as writers, artists, and budding literati.
Our film crew visited Story Pirates, an art class and tutoring sessions. In interviews with students, teachers, staff, as well as our own Executive Director, Colin Smith, and Principal Irene Sanchez, we captured CFK’s impact.
One 2nd grade student, Nancy, who immigrated to New York from Sudan, described reading in class when she first arrived as “too distracting, it was hard to concentrate.” Working with her CFK tutor this year, she has been able to grow as a reader, and now she loves reading in class, as well as taking books home from the library to read on her own. “My parents are proud of me,” she said.
Edited together, the footage will not only tell P.S. 15’s story, but also the larger story of the difference Change for Kids is making in New York City public elementary schools.
Our thanks to Margie Millero and Leslie Long at Saatchi & Saatchi for managing our shoot and penning our script; our producer, Olivia Newman, and Laurie Thomas, our Director from Think/Feel; Axsel Stasny, our Director of Photography for the day; and our editor, Chris Denniston, over at HBO. We know you are going to love what you see on November 14!
After the liquor bottles were all put away, after the silent auction items went to good homes, after the CFK staff finally managed to sneak in a full night’s rest, we counted up the total income from this year’s Bowl for Kids…$188,232.
Which is about $41,000 more than we were able to pull in for Bowl for Kids 2010. Woohoo! Applause, applause! If you celebrated with a few too many Trips to the Principal’s Office (our signature Tom Collins, remember??), you can relive all your half-hazy memories by checking out the photos here. Most importantly, though, you should know that it’s not just our amazing student musicians who benefit from this event every year. Every single one of our programs is in the midst of expansion right now, and it’s because of people like you that our students will continue to receive the kinds of programs that foster creativity and confidence to achieve. Continue reading →
The wild success of last week’s Bowl for Kids event left us with quite a conundrum here in the office. Is there a bowling metaphor, we wondered, that would accurately convey how ecstatic we were with the turnout and energy at Thursday’s event? Call it a strike, turkey, kingpin or a smorgasbord of spares; whatever the (cheesy) metaphor, it doesn’t do justice to the final count:
That’s enough for comprehensive programming at two of our partner schools: field trips, music lessons, literacy tutoring, Story Pirates, art education, early reading, and school supplies for 1,400 students. PLUS, enough left over to add tutoring sessions on Saturdays, expand fitness and nutrition programming, and ramp up our music program to include more students than we’ve ever been able to serve.