David and I rarely dine out, in part because in New York City even a casual meal in a neighborhood restaurant can be quite expensive but mostly because I like to cook. It helps that the availability of great ingredients, especially from farmers' markets, makes cooking at home a real pleasure.
It's precisely because I love to cook that I'll be dining out this Sunday, September 25. Many of the farmers whose produce I love experienced devastating losses when Hurricane Irene tore through New York State. My good friend, the writer, editor, and Food Network program judge Gabriella Gershenson has spearheaded Dine Out Irene, an all-day fundraiser for which she and her colleagues have enlisted dozens of restaurants to donate up to 10% of their day's proceeds to organizations dedicated to helping farms get back on their feet. The list of participating establishments is long and growing and includes many of our finest restaurants. I'm having a hard time deciding where to go. Maybe it will be a three-meals-out day. Care to join me?
Learn more about Dine Out Irene here. And make your reservations!