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For Immediate Release: ioby Supper Club Launch Event with Chef Dave Martin

8 Sep

ioby launches exclusive Supper Club Series with September 15th event
Food. NYC. Youth. Health. Environment. Gardens. Good

ioby, a nonprofit organization that brings environmental projects to life in NYC neighborhoods, will kick-off a series of Supper Club events with an inaugural dinner on Thursday, September 15th at St. Marks Church in the Bowery featuring food by Chef Dave Martin of Bravo’s Top Chef: Season One and wines from Victor Schwartz of V.O.S. Selections.

This event will be the first in a series of dinners in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx where New Yorkers will dine outside for a spectacular, seasonal gourmet meal and learn more about the social, health and environmental impacts the city of New York faces due to food access issues. Proceeds from the series’ ticket sales will go to the Supper Club Fund that supports the many ioby projects that increase access to healthy food for NYC youth. Tickets from this dinner will directly benefit two selected ioby projects: Culinary Kids and La Plaza Cultural. Project leaders from Culinary Kids in Far Rockaway and La Plaza Cultural on East 9th Street will be at the dinner to share stories from their great work.

This intimate and rare dining experience will include a four-course seasonal meal and wine pairings. Tickets are limited to 35 diners: $125 apiece.

Press Contact: Erin Barnes, erin@ioby.org, 917-464-4515 x2, 203-606-7710

About ioby:

ioby stands for “in our backyards,” and connects New Yorkers to environmental projects in their own neighborhoods through an online crowd-resourcing platform. On ioby.org, anyone can raise money, organize volunteers and share ideas for local environmental change. Since launching the beta site in May 2009, New Yorkers making micro-donations (on average $37) to discrete, site-specific ioby projects, have contributed more than $120,000 and have fully funded more than 85 successful projects in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. ioby is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, co-founded by three graduates of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

About Chef Dave Martin:

Chef Dave Martin gained notoriety as a Chef-testant and finalist on the first season of Bravo’s Top Chef where he placed third. Since his appearance he has created quite a name for himself as a chef, cookbook author, brand ambassador, consultant and caterer. His mantra of using the freshest and best ingredients and creating “flavorful food without the fat,” coincides directly with ioby’s mission. 

About Victor Schwartz:

For the past 25 years, Victor Schwartz and V.O.S. SELECTIONS have been importing and distributing the finest wines, spirits and sakes to the top echelon of restaurants and wine shops throughout the New York metropolitan area. V.O.S. values quality over quantity and in doing so has created a portfolio of fine artisanal wines and spirits from across the globe.



Charity Poker Night

30 Jan

Put on your best poker face and head over to Vanderbilt Avenue’s Branded Saloon on Wednesday nights for a round of Texas Hold ‘Em for charity, benefiting many of Brooklyn’s awesome non-profit organizations. The games begin at 8pm (beginners round at 7pm, registration at 7:30) with a $15 buy-in. Proceeds from February 2nd, February 23rd and March 16 will all go to ioby, and the winnings will be divided among the following projects on ioby.org which are (not coincidentally) very close to the Branded Saloon:

Gardening with Tiny Tots Summer Program at Hattie Carthan
Sustainable Flatbush Church Ave Communal Garden Compost Project
Eating Healthy in Bed-Stuy
2nd Avenue Community Garden

Wednesday’s are the best nights to play poker, so lasso up some friends and get yourselves to Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

-ioby connects donors and volunteers to environmental projects in their neighborhoods to inspire new environmental knowledge and action in New York City.-

A Benefit ‘In Our Backyards’

5 Nov

For the past few months, something big has been brewing inside the ioby office on 6th Avenue. ioby, which stands for “in our backyards”, operates under the belief that environmental knowledge, innovation, action, and service begin and thrive in our backyards. They were founded in 2008, with a beta site launching in May of ’09, and have since enabled over 30 environmental projects to be completed with the help of online microphilanthropy. Now in their second year of operation, they’re ready to formally introduce themselves to New York City and begin taking over the world… Okay, maybe not the world, but you get the point.

“A Benefit In Our Backyards”, ioby’s First Annual Gala at Brooklyn Brewery on November 11th, will showcase the 2010 Heroes In Our Backyards; these are eight groups and/or individuals that have completed projects funded through ioby.org that exemplify leadership in environmental innovation and community organizing. The Heroes will be put on display via a gallery created by students from Parsons The New School.

In addition to the custom gallery, ioby has gotten the backing of various corporate, food and beverage sponsorships to ensure that this event is a huge success. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect at the Gala on November 11th:

– Food provided by Whole Foods Markets will be turned into tasty comestibles by Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy. Chef Joe from Joe Doe will also be providing some delicious snacks.

– In addition to Brooklyn Brewery donating their space for night, they are also tapping the kegs and pouring their world-famous brews all night. There will also be a custom ioby cocktail available, made possible by Tuthilltown Spirits, which is the main ingredient in your new favorite drink, the Backyard Blazer.

Gotham Project Riesling is also providing a keg(!) of wine for you to enjoy. Yes, a keg of wine. Why didn’t anyone think of this sooner?

-Fantastic raffle prizes and a silent auction of goodies from Patagonia, Kombucha Brooklyn, Green in BKLYN, Green Fitness Studio and much, much more!

There will be a limited number of tickets available to purchase at the door, but you can save some money and buy online now before they sell out! If you can’t come but would like to donate, you can do so by clicking here. As always, volunteers are also an invaluable asset to this organization, both for the event and for the projects that they fund. If you’re interested in volunteering, email volunteer@ioby.org. If you want to volunteer specifically for this event, you can also email me at info@giveandgetnyc.com.

If you have questions about ioby as an organization, about submitting a project, about donating to a project, or want to tell us about important environmental work in your neighborhood, email info@ioby.org.