Fearlessly helping autism families

Miku Sushi in Greenwich is partnering with The Fearless Angels Project (TFAP) in April during National Autism Awareness Month.

Miku Sushi in Greenwich is partnering with The Fearless Angels Project (TFAP) in April during National Autism Awareness Month. The month-long partnership will include a special menu to raise awareness and funds for the nonprofit that was founded by Greenwich resident Izabela O’Brien in 2014 to honor her oldest daughter, Alina O’Brien. 

The Fearless Angel Project provides biomedical and therapeutic scholarships to economically challenged families raising a child on the autism spectrum.

“During the pandemic, families have needed more help than ever; especially with the loss of employment and closure of many businesses”, said O’Brien, who holds the Mrs. Connecticut America 2015 and Mrs. Connecticut America 2017 titles. “I was there on day one when Miku opened and remember seeing the previous nonprofit menus. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to partner during this special month. My daughter Alina will be my co-host for the month along with TFAP board members.

The special menu will feature four items with names inspired by TFAP programs and initiatives, with 100% of the proceeds from sales benefiting the nonprofit:

1.) Fearless Angel Wings, made with monkfish liver in rice cracker on guacamole with chef’s special sauce ($19).

2.) 1 in 54 – seared live scallops topped with baby radishes caviar and a yuzu vinaigrette ($20). (Today the CDC has concluded that 1 in 54 children is diagnosed with having an autism spectrum disorder.)

3.) Spectrum, made with cauliflower light tempura, sautéed with orange sesame sauce, topped with scallions and orange zest ($16).

4.) Blue Paradise, a gin cocktail with maraschino liqueur crème de violet and fresh lemon juice, garnished with a brandied cherry and coconut flakes ($15). This cocktail represents the importance of what a TFAP swim therapy scholarship means to a family struggling to pay for this life-saving skill as drowning is the No. 1 cause of death for children diagnosed with autism.

Items on the special menu were designed in collaboration with The Fearless Angel Project and incorporate autism dietary restrictions such as gluten- and dairy-free ingredients. 

“As a father, I understand how important this type of support is for families and I’m really happy that we can help get the word out for this important organization and make a donation that will make an impact,” said K Dong, co-owner of Miku and new sister restaurant Hinoki, set to open at 363 Greenwich Avenue later this month.

For more, visit thefearlessangelproject.com and mikugreenwich.com.

Georgette Gouveia

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