On September 25, restaurants all over New York City came together to help farmers devastated by Hurricane Irene and the subsequent flooding for Dine Out Irene. For the one-time, city-wide event, ICE created a special benefit cooking class called Dine Out Irene: A Tomato Lovers’ Workshop to support local farmers.

ICE donated 75% of the proceeds, a total of $1,000 to help benefit local farmers, with funds going to GrowNYC and Just Food, which will distribute the funds to devastated farms.

The class was taught by Chef Instructor Sam Kadko (something of a farmer himself) who celebrated local farmers and their produce. Chef Sam operates a small 400-square foot organic market garden in New Jersey where he grows a plethora of different vegetables for two area chefs. For the class, we celebrated the best of late summer with a variety of tomato dishes such as California Panzanella Salad, Roasted Tomato Soup with Arugula Pesto, Bucatini with Tomato-Basil Sauce and Tomato Tarte Tatin. A wonderful menu for a wonderful cause.


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