Photo Flash: Second Annual FEAST Gala Benefits Teens for Food Justice

By: Dec. 22, 2017
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Host Mario Batali and attendees Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Karolina Kurkova, and more created a one-of-a-king evening, merging theater and the culinary arts in support of healthy, equitable food access and youth-led food justice. This unique event blends the culinary vision of world-renowned Chef Mario Batali with world-premiere short plays commissioned for FEAST from award-winning playwrights Theresa Rebeck, Eisa Davis and Aurin Squire and performances by top stage and screen actors. FEAST, produced by Eating Their Words and honoring Broadway producer Tara Smith, is truly reinventing "dinner theater," making it intimate, sophisticated, and visceral in its support of these critical social justice issues.

The event was held November 27 at La Sirena by Mario Batali at the Maritime Hotel, 88 Ninth Avenue. Check out photos below!

Teens for Food Justice is galvanizing a youth-led movement to end food insecurity in one generation. Students master the high-tech science and business of hydroponic farming, growing large quantities of produce inside their schools, plus the skills to serve as health/nutrition ambassadors and food justice movement builders within their own food desert communities. Since 2013, TFFJ youth are leading the fight against food insecurity by growing food and sharing skills to improve nutrition and health, laying the foundation for an equitable, sustainable food system and a healthier future.

Photo Credit: R.Cole for Rob Rich/