Celebrity chef Tom Colicchio will join a discussion of hunger Wednesday at the Cinema Arts Centre.
The program includes the showing of the documentary "A Place at the Table," followed by a discussion of hunger issues focusing on Long Island, featuring Colicchio, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, D-Huntington, Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO of Island Harvest, and CBS Radio LI Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs. Assemb. Charles Lavine, D-Glen Cove, will moderate.
The 2012 documentary explores the realities of hunger in America and features actor Jeff Bridges, the founder of the End Hunger Network.
The program is scheduled for the Cinema Arts Centre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the event are $25. VIP tickets are $50 and include a pre-screening reception with the panelists, hors d’oeuvres, wine and preferred seating. The VIP reception begins at 6:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres served at the VIP reception are compliments of Tom Schaudel, chef and owner of Jewel, aMano and Alure. Tickets for the event can be purchased online at www.cinemaartscentre.org.
“It is simply unacceptable that more than 300,000 Long Islanders experience hunger on a regular basis, and most Long Islanders don’t even realize how prevalent this problem is,” Israel said. “Documentaries like ‘A Place at the Table’ open our eyes to the harsh realities of hunger in America and the need for common-sense government policies to combat this problem. I am pleased to join with Island Harvest Food Bank, my friend Tom Colicchio and Mike Xirinachs to discuss this pressing issue and how we can help find a lasting solution.”
Each week approximately 70,000 individuals seek food assistance in Nassau and Suffolk Counties through Island Harvest’s network of soup kitchens, food pantries and other feeding programs.