Grand St. Settlement: Taste of the Lower East Side

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Once upon a time – circa ninety-nine years ago, the Grand St. Settlement. was born. In case you don’t know what about the organization, it is a New York City nonprofit that has been building and supporting communities since 1916.

Deep rooted on the belief that members of the community have the power to help their neighbors, while enriching their own lives, Grand St. Settlement., has served over 10,000 New Yorkers (and more -within neighborhoods located on both sides of the Williamsburg Bridge) and continues to move toward economic mobility by providing social services, academic intervention, career exploration, and leadership development with intentional advocacy, cultural competence and support.

On April 15,  Grand St. Settlement, hosted its 15th annual Taste of the Lower East Side to recognize and celebrate 15 honorees that embody the heart and mission of the organization.

These honorees empower neighbors, support communities and advocate change. From famous chefs to community builders, public advocates – this event was hosted to recognize their efforts.

I couldn’t wait to share our experience with other guests who patiently lined up to enter the Metropolitan Pavilion to take part in the culinary contributions of the Lower East Side.

In case you’ve never attended a grand tasting – it’s unlike any other event. There isn’t really a plan, you just have to make sure you taste everything – and don’t be shy to go back for seconds.

TLES veterans like Beauty & Essex, Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya, Clinton St. Baking Co. & Restaurant, DBGB, Kitchen & Bar, Kuma Inn, L’Apicio, The Meatball Shop, Northern Spy Food Co., Pearl & Ash, Russ and Daughters, The Stanton Social, Veselka and the Wren. Newcomers included Balvanera, Louie, and Chan, Pies ‘N’ Thighs, Root & Bone, Seoul Chicken -satisfied our bellies to the brim during the evening.

Over forty-eight (and counting) restaurants confirmed their presence and the event definitely surpassed the expectations. There was so much happening and I’m glad I had the chance to meet and greet Chef Wiley Dufresne (owner of WD-50 and Alder Restaurants) and stricke up a conversations also with William J. Mojica – a ccouple of the honorees of the night. How can you go wrong with a night filled with great food, meeting new people and of course all in the name of charity?

Guests also had the chance to bid on some very exciting items including – and not limited to tickets to Brooklyn Bowl, Kate Spade designer bags and sunglasses, Yossi Harrari jewelry, Resort getaways and so much more – and engage interactive photo-sharing moments and games.

Congratulations to all honorees who helped raise over $450K for Grand St. Settlement Stamp this on your social agenda and we hope you join us -next time -for the taste of the Lower East Side. For more information and how to donate to the Grand St. Settlement, click here.

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