Thanks to some very lovely people from Project By Project - Los Angeles, I was able to attend the 2014 Annual Tasting Benefit put on by Project By Project - New York!
Plate By Plate is part of an organization called Project by Project (PbP), a national volunteer organization. PbP works with a partner community organization to customize each campaign according to their needs. 100% of proceeds raised are given to the partner organization, resume-writing workshops, tutorials for immigrant children, and parent-child activities to enhance community connectedness. Every year, PbP selects a theme and a local partner to exchange knowledge, education, and skills with.
This year, PbP - NY worked with the Henry Street Settlement, a landmark organization in New York providing multicultural services and resources for mental health issues in New York. Its bilingual program helps the growing Asian American population of NYC and helps provide job opportunities, skills workshops, and arts development.
The tasting was held in a beautiful venue in Chelsea, the Metropolitan Pavilion. The dim lights and energetic music set the stage for a glitzy night of wining and dining.
As soon as I got there, MC Jin went on stage to talk about the importance of the Asian American community and how honored he was to be a part of it. “I felt instantly aged. Someone came up to me and was like, dude I’ve been listening to your music since the 8th grade!” we love you always, Jin.
Many of the restaurants featured gourmet and modern takes on Asian cuisine, with Mok Bar doing a minimalist take of ddeokbeokki. The bacon and gochujang was a surprising (but super delicious) combination that I’m reminiscing about even now.
Local favorite Fung Tu served a chilled corn soup (I had three servings)
Taiwanese Shaved Ice from Wooly’s Ice
The night concluded with an after party held at Gansevoort Park, my favorite rooftop and view of the Empire State Building.
Project By Project continues to be one of the most respected and admirable organizations in the community. Their ability to create leaders, fund raise consciously, and build bridges is unrivaled and I’m very grateful to have met so many PbP folks. To volunteer or apply for a committee, check out their website!
See you next year, PbP.