Foodie Philanthropy

Kids these days have it so good. Chef Brian Lewis, for one, is doing his best to make sure of it when it comes to the food department. The award-winning chef at New Canaan’s Elm restaurant (and subject in our April WAG) recently started Lil Foodies, a big hit of a program the first Saturday of each month where children learn about fresh seasonal cuisine. One recent Lil Foodies menu included just picked veggie fries and white miso, hand made spagheti with fresh tomato sauce, fried heirloom chicken with dinosaur kale (awesome), hot fudge chocolate sundaes and yogurt panna cotta.

But some kids these days do not have it so good. In fact, in the US today one in five children struggle with hunger. And Chef Brian is responding for that cause as well. Monday, Sept. 30, he will prepare a multi-course meal and wine pairing to benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign. With Chef Brian hosting, the dinner will feature some of Connecticut’s other most celebrated chefs like Carey Savona of Heirloom, Geoff Lazlo of The Whelk, and guest sommelier Jeff Barbour of New Canaan Wine Merchants. Cocktail reception starts at 6 p.m. with dinner beginning at 7 p.m., and guests of this philanthropic dinner will also have the opportunity to participate in auctions that include one-of-a-kind culinary, travel and lifestyle items.

Click here to reserve your seat. Tickets are $200 and seats are limited.

To learn more about Chef Brian Lewis, visit, and to learn more about the No Kid Hungry campaign and dinner series, visit

– Andrea Kennedy

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