The event helps raise money and awareness for Action Against Hunger, a humanitarian organization committed to alleviating world hunger. ICE President Rick Smilow sits on the organization’s Advisory Council. Action Against Hunger and its parent organization, ACF, focus on emergency food relief, clean water and sanitation, as well as long term hunger solutions in the world’s most challenging situations. Proceeds from the evening will support Action Against Hunger’s programs in over 40 countries around the world. This past year, a good part of Action Against Hunger’s efforts have been focused on the people of Haiti, who are still struggling with the devastation caused by January’s earthquake. Berthony Innocent, a ACF Finance Administrator in Haiti was on hand to speak about the work the group is doing in the country.
At the benefit, the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award was awarded to the UN Food & Agriculture Organization and its Director-General, Dr. Jacques Diouf for their work on the One Billion Hungry Project, working to engage hundreds in the fight against hunger. ICE students worked closely with Director of Student Affairs Chef Andy Gold to plate his dish, Roulade of Duck, White Yam and Smoked Pine Nuts with Golden Beet Salad, Black Truffle, Red Beet-Pickled Apple and Caramelized Quince Purée. The students showed off their skills helping with the menu, serving over 300 people who gathered for the benefit. The other lead event chefs included Jeremy Bearman and James DiStefano of Rouge Tomate. Smilow commented, “Action Against Hunger is a very easy organization to support, every $1 they raise literally can go to save a life.” ICE students and staff were grateful for the opportunity to be part of the benefit.