I spent this past Monday, Martin Luther King Day, cooking alongside some of my favorite chefs to raise money and awareness for The New York Immigration Coalition, Center for Constitutional Rights and the Slyvia Rivera Law Projects. Brooklyn-based ceramicist Helen Levi organized the event, and Jean Adamson of Vinegar Hill House was our gracious host. They tapped Angela Dimayuga of Mission Chinese Food, Hannah and Carla of ‘Lil Deb’s Oasis and myself to work with Jean to create a 6 course meal. The concept is simple but brilliant. Over fifty potters donated a single bowl to the event. When diners arrive, they choose the bowl that sings their name, and bring that piece to their table. They eat from their newly adopted work of art, and when all is said and done, they take it home with them. The best part is, it encouraged our guests to lick their bowls clean!
We sold out in a matter of days, and managed to serve 150 people a collaborative coursed-meal that evening. The vibe was warm and buzzy, and our guests were very well-fed. While we took the menu to the next level (I never want to cut another kabocha squash again), the #PottersInProtest concept can be executed with just a simple soup and a bunch of handmade bowls, so we encourage you to organize your own event with potters near you. Thank you to Sea To Table for their generous donation of sustainable fish, and to Wenzau Vineyards for the delicious wine.
Check out the menu we came up with: