Chef Eric Ripert Projects $100,000 Donation to 'City Harvest', Charity of the Day
Gallery: Le Bernardin Supports City Harvest
Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin, an internationally acclaimed four-star seafood restaurant in Midtown Manhattan, announced Tuesday his plans to donate $1 for each patron who visits his restaurant in 2009 to City Harvest. Whether patrons dine at Le Bernardin, the private rooms at The Salons, or purchase a copy of Ripert's new cookbook On The Line, the estimated donation expected at year-end is $100,000. This exceeds his current commitment to City Harvest's food rescue including items from his restaurant such as fish, vegetables, fruit and pastries as well as volunteering his time and talent to their cause.
Jilly Stephens, Executive Director of City Harvest, spoke to the current state of affairs stating "one out of every seven people in New York City will access emergency food this year". Each week City Harvest helps over 260,000 hungry New Yorkers find their next meal and with Chef Ripert's outstanding support the impact of this necessary organization will surely grow. When asked his reasons for making such a giving gesture, Chef Ripert stated, "Our goal is simple: to help alleviate hunger at a time when the city needs it most".