Dozens of chefs will show off their skills to raise money for childhood hunger

Hadas Kuznits
May 06, 2019 - 4:00 am

Photos provided by Nick Elmi


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Over two dozen chefs will be showcasing their culinary talent at Taste of the Nation this Thursday, and proceeds will go to help fight childhood hunger in Philadelphia.

Thursday's Taste of the Nation benefit at Bok Bar is a fundraiser for No Kid Hungry Philadelphia.

"We basically raise funds to feed underprivileged children in cities across the country," chef chair of the event Nick Elmi explained.

Photo provided by Nick Elmi

"One of the things that I love about No Kid Hungry is that the money that you raise in each city stays in that particular city," he said. “Thirty-nine percent of kids in Philadelphia have what we call, 'food insecurity,' meaning that they don't know where they're going to get their next meal.  A lot of those kids go without breakfast and one of our big initiatives is having breakfast for kids in school after the bell."

Elmi says last year, they raised about $40,000. This year they hope to double the effort as attendees get a taste from over two dozen of Philadelphia best restaurants.

"The guys from Fork, all three of my restaurants, Townsend, Bibou, we're just going to raise as much money as we can and continue to make sure that every year we're just getting the word out that not only is it a problem in Philadelphia but it's a solvable problem," he said.

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