In the season of thanks,
we’re grateful for
these food celebs who
use their star power
to improve the world.

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steven cook michael solomonov
Photography by Michael Persico
| Credit: Photography by Michael Persico

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."

claus meyer
Credit: Photography by Getty

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.

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Credit: Courtesy of David and Lesley Cohn

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!