What an amazing evening last night! Noelle and I were part of a group of 20 that were lucky enough to be invited to dinner at the 5th instance of the Salvage Supperclub, this one in Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.
The Salvage Supperclub
The Salvage Supperclub is an outgrowth of the thesis project of Josh Treuhaft a student who received his MFA last month in the Design for Social Innovation (DSI) program at the School of Visual Arts where I teach entrepreneurship to the DSI students in the 2nd year of the program. For last night's version of the Supperclub Josh teamed with Chef Celia Lam of the Natural Gourmet Institute who prepared a menu that was out of this world all from ingredients donated from many food suppliers who otherwise would have thrown them away as unsalable items ("underused food") for their shelves. Dinner was served in a retrofitted "dumpster dining room" that took up 3 parking spaces on South 4th Street near Bedford in the heart of Williamsburg.
Our fellow diners were a very eclectic and interesting group including two other fellow faculty members of the School of Visual Arts DSI program, DK Holland and Archie Coates IV as well as one of Josh's fellow grads from the DSI program Sara Cornish and current 2nd year student Liora Yuklea from Israel who brought her sister Karin with her. It was great fun to meet Mark Reigelman who helped Josh setup the prior Salvage Supperclub and is a very accomplished installation artist. Emily Thomas of Huffington Post, Michal Dayan jewelry designer at Tiffany's, Jacquie Ottman of We Hate to Waste, and Judy Sandford of the Sustainability in Management Program at Columbia were either all at my end of the table or I met at the end of the evening, each interesting in their own right. Unfortunately, there were a few folks that I didn't have the privilege of really getting to know. I won't make that mistake next time.
All proceeds from last night's dinner and a second dinner tonight for another lucky group of 20 will be donated to support Culinary Corps annual "culanthropy" trip to Camp Sunshine in Lake Sebago, Maine where Celia will be one of 10 chefs from all over the USA who competed to be part of this program. Camp Sunshine is a year-round retreat, which provides respite, support, joy and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families through various stages of a child’s illness. Celia is doing this in remembrance of her own sister who was stricken by a deadly disease at too young of an age.
Josh and Celia, thank you so much for such a wonderful evening and introductions to so many new friends!
PS: thank you to the NYPD for making sure that none of us were drinking alcohol in the dumpster. In fact, anticipating there may be a problem we had done all of our drinking in Celia's apartment before convening in the dumpster :)