This past Monday night Chef/Owner James Tchinnis hosted the first annual “Chefs’ Table for No Kid Hungry”, at his restaurant Swallow, in Huntington Village.
Tchinnis, along with as 5 other acclaimed Long Island chefs, joined knives to put together a unique dining experience for 75 guests. The chefs each prepared their own unique dish to entice the taste buds of the patrons at $200 per ticket.
The event began with a cocktail hour featuring specialty cocktails and then a 6-course menu with paired wines. This event sold out quickly with only one seating. All proceeds went to the No Kid Hungry charity, which is a campaign of Share Our Strength.
The Chef hopes to expand the event next year and add another seating.
We had a chance to meet with Chef Tchinnis and ask him a few questions before the event:
What exactly inspired this dinner?
“In my restaurants everyday I see food come back, and it bothers me knowing there are so many hungry people out there. I wanted to give back and being a father of three kids they are what mean the most to me. I wanted to help children in need. It’s 100% about the kids.”
How did you go about picking your fellow chefs for the event?
“I just called my friends in the business who are well known on the Island and wanted to get the rock-star crew together to for an amazing event. And they were all about it and happy to do it. Everyone put together an incredible dish and everything just came together.”
What are you anticipating the impact of this event to be?
“Between the dinner and donations on our website we are hoping to raise close to $14,000. We are very happy and this will be the first of many to come.”
We also spoke to Chef Marc Anthony Bynum of Hush Bistro in Farmingdale who was a guest chef at the event:
When you received the call from Chef James Tchinnis, what did you think?
“We've known each other for about 5 or 6 years. Long Island has a small culinary world. So we’re friends. He asked if I would do the event and I said of course. I always take an opportunity to help raise money for a good cause. I was excited to work with this group of chefs.”
We look forward to future charitable dinners by these incredible chefs.
If you were unable to attend you can visit No Kid Hungry and Donate directly.
For more information check out Swallow’s website swallowrestaurant.com
Writing by Rosanna Ruta
Photography by Doug Young