First shoutout goes to Steven Cook (right), Michael Solomonov (left), and the rest of the Federal Donuts crew in Philadelphia: They opened Rooster Soup Co., a luncheonette that donates all net proceeds to the Broad Street Ministry’s Hospitality Collaborative—providing support, services, and restaurant-quality meals to the hungry and homeless. “It’s difficult to go to Broad Street and not be moved by what they do,” says Cook. “They’re in the hospitality business for people who never get hospitality.”
Then there’s restaurateur Claus Meyer, the famed Danish chef responsible for Agern and Great Northern Food Hall in New York City. He threw his influence behind Brownsville Community Culinary Center, which offers a paid-apprenticeship-based culinary program in one of Brooklyn’s toughest neighborhoods. An on-site eatery serves a $22 three-course dinner menu and provides a 50 percent discount to those on the SNAP food stamp program.
San Diego got a feel-good restaurant this year with Tacos Libertad, from husband-and-wife team David and Lesley Cohn. Each month, the couple gives all profits to a different charity. “We donate more than $250,000 to over 300 organizations annually,” says David. “This was the next step in supporting our community.” Great food, greater cause!