Homebound seniors get special delivery

Chef Jason Hall (left) and One Five Hospitality special events director Ashley Bradford (right) with Citymeals-on-Wheels recipient and Stuy Town resident Shashi (Photo courtesy of Citymeals)

Chef Jason Hall (left) and One Five Hospitality special events director Ashley Bradford (right) with Citymeals-on-Wheels recipient and Stuy Town resident Shashi (Photo courtesy of Citymeals)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Chefs from Union Square restaurant The Fourth treated homebound seniors to personally cooked meals from the restaurant last week. The meals were delivered as part of the Chefs Deliver for Citymeals program, in which highly-regarded chefs from various New York restaurants offer up their culinary talents and deliver the meals to elderly residents who are unable to cook or shop for themselves.

The most recent delivery from Citymeals on Tuesday, April 7 was made by chefs Marco Moreira and Jason Hall of The Fourth. Hall personally delivered some of the 200 meals to Stuy Town residents with Ashley Bradford, special events director at One Five Hospitality, which includes The Fourth. On the menu was dinners of Moroccan-spiced braised chicken with peas, carrots and Israeli couscous and the remainder of meals were delivered to residents in the Lower East Side.

Citymeals board of director’s co-president and chef Daniel Boulud and Citymeals board member chef Charlie Palmer launched Chefs Deliver in January, 2014. Citymeals-on-Wheels executive director Beth Shapiro said that Citymeals started the program in response to Hurricane Sandy and it has been available about three times in Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village since its inception.

The most recent delivery from Citymeals on Tuesday, April 7 was made by chefs Marco Moreira and Jason Hall of The Fourth. Hall personally delivered some of the 200 meals to Stuy Town residents with Ashley Bradford, special events director at One Five Hospitality, which includes The Fourth. On the menu was dinners of Moroccan-spiced braised chicken with peas, carrots and Israeli couscous and the remainder of meals were delivered to residents in the Lower East Side.

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Harvest in the Square raises $334,000 for park

Breads Bakery at Harvest in the Square (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Breads Bakery at Harvest in the Square (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Community residents and local restaurateurs came out in full force last Thursday night to celebrate the impending arrival of fall at Union Square’s 19th annual Harvest in the Square event.

The food tasting festival raised $334,000 and Jennifer Falk, executive director of the Union Square Partnership, said that she will be speaking with the Parks Department soon to discuss goals for the coming year and determine how the money will be spent. Tickets were $125 and $400 for early VIP entry.

Danny Meyer of the Union Square Cafe and Eric Petterson from The Coffee Shop are the founding members of the event and have been participating every year. Other returning participants included the Union Square Whole Foods, Blue Water Grill, Rosa Mexicano, Almond, Blue Smoke and others, with nearly 50 local restaurants in all. Some new restaurants participating in the event for the first time included The Pavilion, All’onda, The Gander, Cevich, 201 Bar and Restaurant and Botequim.

Richard and Kamille Serna, residents of the Financial District, are in the area frequently because they manage a building on 15th Street. Although they’ve been working in the area for a while, this was the first chance they got to partake in Harvest in the Square.

Kamille said they were impressed with what they tried so far but were particularly looking forward to sampling what Blue Water Grill had to offer. The Union Square restaurant’s Executive chef Luis Jaramillo was serving Maine lobster deviled eggs with tarragon.

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