Homebound elderly New Yorkers in the East Village got a taste of Mediterranean cuisine from Montclair when Chef Meny Vaknin of Mishmish delivered specially prepared meals right to their doors as part of the Chefs Deliver for Citymeals program. Chef Vaknin will also take part in the upcoming event Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals on Wheels on June 12, 2017.
The delivery marks the announcement of the theme for the 32nd Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals – Ports of Call Mediterranea: A Culinary Journey. Chef Vaknin will be one of more than 50 chefs gathering to celebrate the flavors of the Mediterranean Coast at tasting stations throughout Rockefeller Center.
A Citymeals on Wheels initiative, Chefs Deliver brings together a rotating cast of culinary stars who, once a month, lend their talents to Citymeals – cooking and often personally delivering the meals to the doors of New Yorkers who are too frail to shop or cook for themselves. Chefs Deliver was launched in January 2014 by Citymeals Board of Directors Co-President Chef Daniel Boulud and Citymeals Board Member Chef Charlie Palmer.
Chef Vaknin used all local ingredients to prepare his menu of braised chicken with savory Moroccan seasoning and a side of basmati rice. The remainder of the 100 meals was delivered to other Citymeals recipients in Lower Manhattan.
“For many of our 18,000 meal recipients, their meal deliverer might be the only person they interact with all day. Citymeals on Wheels makes sure to provide our frail aged neighbors with both nourishment and human contact,” noted Beth Shapiro, Executive Director of Citymeals. “Thanks to Chef Vaknin for supporting our mission and bringing a smile to the faces of these seniors.”