Food Network, Cooking Channel and Southern Wine & Spirits of America Host “Our Table is Yours, Thanksgiving Dinner”  


More than 1,000 New York City seniors and families who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy will get a brief reprieve from the effects of the storm at “Our Table is Yours,” a special Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by Food Network, Cooking Channel and Southern Wine & Spirits of America. Cipriani Wall Street® will open their doors on Wednesday November 21, 2012 to 1,000 invited guests who will be served Thanksgiving Day style meals throughout the day. Celebrity chefs and other special guests, to be announced, will be on hand to lend their support to those affected by Hurricane Sandy in New York City. Each invited guest will also receive a prepared meal to take home, information on vital benefits and gift cards from various retailers to purchase essential items.”Food Bank For New York City was selected because they’ve been on the ground bringing critical food and water to New Yorkers in need since the city started feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy,” said Lee Brian Schrager, Vice President of Corporate Communications & National Events for Southern Wine & Spirits of America, and Food Bank For New York City board member. “For those hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, we hope to provide them with some respite and the ability to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with their loved ones in a welcoming environment.”The daylong event will support Food Bank For New York City’s ongoing efforts to deliver critical food and water to those affected by Hurricane Sandy in the wake of its destruction. Since the hurricane hit, the Food Bank has continued to serve hungry families directly, as well as through its city-wide network of soup kitchens, food pantries, and other hunger relief programs. Emergency food supplies were distributed to emergency feeding programs, operational soup kitchens, food pantries, senior centers, and agencies across the five boroughs including the hardest hit areas in Far Rockaway, Coney Island, Redhook, Staten Island and Lower Manhattan.

“Millions of families in New York City struggle to put food on the table daily, and this holiday season, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, hunger has become an even greater problem,” said Margarette Purvis, President and CEO of Food Bank For New York City. “We are grateful to the Food Network & Cooking Channel, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, and all the supporters of this event for their years of support of our mission to end hunger for every New Yorker, especially now, and for providing a much deserved break to those families whose lives have been seriously impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Food Bank services will be ongoing as families continue to recover from this devastating storm.”

Valuable information on how to apply for food stamp benefits (SNAP) and replace benefits that were lost in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy will be available.

Donations to support “Our Table Is Yours, Thanksgiving Dinner” and Food Bank For New York City’s ongoing relief efforts can be made at:



For those of you that will reach your turkey, mashed potato, and gravy limit by Saturday evening, make sure and try out Joey’s Italian Café Sunday Brunch and Thasos in Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy!


Joey’s Italian Café Offers Sunday Brunch 

Joey’s Italian Café, the affordable contemporary eatery that helped to shape Wynwood into a dining and entertainment destination, will now open its doors on Sundays from noon until 10:00 p.m. offering an Italian-style brunch menu, as well as lunch and dinner.  The offerings are reflective of Executive Chef Ivo Mazzon’s experience and background in the Veneto region of Italy, and feature a selection of brunch staples, as well as rustic Italian country dishes, at prices designed to encourage repeat Sunday visits.  A recent patio renovation now offers patrons an open-air feel complete with twinkling lights and a new outdoor sound system. Joey’s Italian Café, located at 2506 N.W. 2nd Avenue in Wynwood, serves lunch Monday –Friday, and dinner Monday – Saturday. Now open Sundays noon until 10 p.m.  Joey’s offers a full service bar, lineup changes weekly. No cover or minimum. Valet parking available.  For more information call 305.438.0488 or visit



Thasos, Fort Lauderdale’s highly-anticipated indoor/outdoor new dining destination, has officially opened its doors.  Sophisticated and contemporary, embracing the hospitality and spirit of the Greek islands with the service and style of an elegant restaurant & lounge, Thasos is a passion project conceptualized by co-owners Gus Leontarakis and Sophia Mylona.  Serving dinner nightly, Thasos offers a selection of time-honored Greek favorites and innovative dishes, all made from scratch in-house.  A native of Thasos, Greece, Leontarakis has been a successful businessman for more than 50 years; Mylona, his partner in life and business, is a seasoned traveler, passionate foodie who carries a Master’s Degree in Nutrition from New York University and an exacting palate.  For the restaurant, the duo wanted to bring a taste of the Greek island to Fort Lauderdale but infuse it with casual elegance, a unique brand of Greek chic. Consulting chef Giorgio Bakatsias of Giorgio’s Hospitality Group, the acclaimed restaurateur who introduced South Florida to rustic Greek cuisine in the 90s, is the creative culinary master whose passionate Zen approach to food has earned him critical acclaim for more than 30 fine dining restaurants, food venues, and gourmet markets including the original Giorgio’s Mediterranean Village in South Florida as well as many successful ventures in North Carolina.  According to Mylona, “Giorgio treats food the way he treats life, with a perfect balance of yin and yang.  We knew we wanted his understated philosophy and great wisdom to be a part of this dream.”  For Thasos, Bakatsias brought in executive chef William D’Auvray, an industry veteran with close to 30 years’ experience in the business and the most talented chef that Bakatsias has worked with.  D’Auvray’s creative, yet approachable dishes reflect the bounty of seafood that comes from the Mediterranean as well as an array of meats prepared on the wood-burning rotisserie. Everything is made in-house and many of the fresh ingredients come directly from Thasos, including the spices, herbs and olive oil.  Plates stay true to their ingredients, allowing flavors to shine without heavy sauces and creams.


Thasos is located at 3330 East Oakland Park Boulevard, just off A1A.  Dinner is served seven nights a week, beginning at 5 p.m. Reservations Suggested. Telephone: (954) 200-6006.


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