A Little Kindness – Cooking for a Cause

[photos: copyright (c) 2017 Ted Weinstein. All rights reserved.]

This spring we raised over $41,000 for 4 great organizations:

The International Rescue Committee, The Sierra Club, The Natural Resource Defense Council & La Cocina

This spring we embarked upon something new, a series of community fundraising dinners cooked by kids to support some great organizations… and thus “A Little Kindness” was born. Our idea was to take the idea of a bake sale or lemonade stand to the next level — it brings together so many things we’re passionate about: food, community, kids & helping others! The results blew past all our wildest expectations. We’re positively beaming at the immense pride of our little chefs at cooking some truly outstanding meals; the great feeling of community rallying around this effort; and of course the generousity of all who’ve supported with their time and donations.

We are eternally grateful to our wonderful sponsors as well as countless helpers behind the scenes who contributed their time and talents (you know who you are and we love you!). A special big, big thanks to: Good Eggs for supplying amazing groceries ✦ The Karp-Haahr Family  ✦ The Aufderhaar Family  ✦ The Richmond-Chung Family



[photos: copyright (c) 2017 Ted Weinstein. All rights reserved.]

March 2017: Our inaugural dinner raised $10,000  for the International Rescue Committee and the critical work they do to help refugees around the world. The theme of our menu was “diverse flavors of America”. We took favorite American classics and gave them a twist (think Yakitori meets American BBQ, and Indian-spiced mac and cheese). The meal was not only delicious, but showed cultures coming together in a beautiful way.

April 2017: We raised an astounding $21,000 for the Sierra Club and the Natural Resource Defense Council as we cooked a menu inspired by one of our all-time favorite chefs, Yotam Ottolenghi (you may know him from his London-based restaurants and best selling cookbooks such as “Plenty“). We all agreed it was perhaps one of the best meals ever to come out of the A Little Yumminess kitchens. The kids did an unbelievable job with some very sophisticated flavors.

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May 2017: Our A Little Yumminess chefs cooked a flavorful, authentic Indonesian feast and raised more than $10,000 for La CocinaExposing kids to the concept of entrepreneurship, and cultivating low-income food entrepreneurs in our own community provided both inspiration as well as a wonderful lesson about working hard and following your dreams! This menu was close to our heart, featuring one of our favorite Indonesian menus — a beautiful white chicken curry and a host of traditional sides and condiments. Our little chefs did their magic with amazing flavors from aromatic lime leaf, lemongrass, pandan and galangal, to sweet soy sauce (kecap manis), rich palm sugar and yes….. even some fiery chilies.