New York-based social impact innovator and 501(c)(3) tax-exempt philanthropic organization Advancement for Rural Kids (ARK) and the East Village’s Maharlika Filipino Moderno’s “An Evening in Manila” brought together adventure-seeking and fun loving foodies for one night, Friday, May 20, as the City’s top chefs, sommeliers and restaurant professionals took over The Harold Pratt House, an Upper East Side mansion at 58 East 68th Street and Park Avenue, and presented a truly unique dining and dancing experience in support of ARK’s feeding program, which aims to raise funds to provide one million lunches, get kids back to school and create much needed income for farmers in the Philippines [so that the rural community can sustain the program over the course of three years].
Offering their own takes on Filipino-inspired dishes and cocktails, restaurants Aquavit, Locanda Verde and Untitled created a one-of-a-kind, multicourse menu with wine pairings from The NoMad while Lumpia Shack, Noreetuh and Hidden Apron featured MasterChef Jr. finalist Josh Reisner . Chefs from The Green Table and The Modern treated some 400 guests with desserts.
Clement Rhum, Half Moon Gin, Hennessy, Tito’s Vodka, Breuckelen Whiskey, Empire Wines and Tiger Beer will provide spirits, wine and beer, while Cristina Soriano Lifestyle and BAHTOH are designing a glamorous and inviting event space for all.
During the event, EIM honored two very special guests - Manila-born, Manhattan-bred book author, Mia Alvar (In the Country) and Filipino fashion designer Rafe Totengco.
According to Lynn Trono, Maharlika and ARK's 2016 "An Evening in Manila" can now fund more than 2.5 million lunches for the next three years in at least 15 partner communities.
Advancement for Rural Kids (ARK), a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, partners with communities in the developing world, creating innovative and sustainable solutions to get kids back to school, end hunger and malnutrition and providing marginalized communities with new income. For $15 per kid per year, ARK’s community-managed Feeding Program consists of a hot meal of protein and vegetables sourced fresh and daily from parents and other local farmers. ARK also funds $5 school supplies and $50 High School Scholarship programs; and co-invests with communities on infrastructure and for profit projects.
ARK is an all-volunteer organization with the Board underwriting its operating costs. For more information and to make a donation, www.ruralkids.org.