“This was a great event to hold just in general, but especially because the holidays are right around the corner. It’s time to do something sweet,” said red carpet hostess Erika Wasser, chuckling at her own pun, as the name of the event was “Sweet Charity.”
Comfort Zone Cooking, a service who gives back to the community by organizing charitable food events, put on this latest event, held on Sunday evening in Tribeca and aptly named after the party’s central theme – a pastry tasting. A team of media personalities, performing artists, and renowned chefs together hosted the event and brought the entertainment. Kyle Kupiszewski from reality show “Chef Academy” and DJ Mastermind were among the entertainers.
The bar at the event, which was marketed on the invitation as an open bar, served wine – and wine that was maybe not worth the $25 non-negotiable admission fee. The gourmet pasties on the other hand looked like inedible presents rather than tasty finger foods. Needless to say, they were the most popular hors d’oeuvres.
The food tables were surrounded by the chefs who contributed to the pastry creations, such as Chef Michael M, owner of Comfort Zone Cooking. “Since 2006 we’ve been committed to ‘giving back’ by organizing charitable food events,” said Michael in a press release promoting the event. In the same press release it is said that Michael believes this to be “the most sustainable, tangible, and substantial red carpet event that has immediate impact on our community.”
Also, amid the pastry-covered tables were jewelry designers selling their crafts to donate proceeds to the charity. “It almost feels even better knowing that my work is not only going out into the world, but it’s serving a deeper purpose in a way,” said Nicole Kluft, a local jewelry designer selling her pieces.
The money – raised through admission fees, jewelry sales, and supporters’ donations – all goes directly to the Food Bank for New York City. Food Bank is a charity that works to end hunger in New York City. The organization’s main objective is to raise money to feed the 1.3 million New Yorkers who rely on food pantries and soup kitchens to meet their daily nutritional needs. This is achieved through a comprehensive group of programs that combat hunger and its causes. And of course, through various fundraisers and investors.
Sweet Charity was by and large a success, if for nothing more than to get people to participate in a good cause. “The turnout was a bit smaller than we expected,” said hostess Erika Wasser later in an email. Approximately 100 people were in the room at one time. “But as far as we’re concerned, we made some money that night, and if that feeds a small percentage of the targeted group who suffer from hunger, then we did our job.”