Share our Strenth & Lexus Team up for “A Tasteful Pursuit: Chefs on Tour For Hunger” (6/05)

Share Our Strength announces “A Tasteful Pursuit”

Presented by Lexus

Top Chefs Tour the U.S. to Benefit Childhood Hunger


Washington, DC , April 26, 2005 – Sharing their passion for food to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate, four of the nation’s hottest young chefs are teaming up with Share Our Strength and Lexus to launch  “A Tasteful Pursuit: Chefs on Tour for Hunger. 


Between June 15th and June 28th, 2005, Chef Brad Thompson of Mary Elaine’s at the Phoenician resort in Scottsdale, Chef Cornelius Gallagher of Oceana in New York City, Pastry Chef Sherry Yard of Spago in Los Angeles, and Pastry Chef Johnny Iuzzini of Jean Georges in New York will travel to seven U.S. cities, partnering with the culinary who’s who in each market to create seven-course masterpiece menus paired with ultra-premium wines. Ticket proceeds from each dinner will benefit Share Our Strength, one of the nation’s leading anti-hunger organizations, to support their childhood hunger initiatives in the US.


Hosts of these seven Gala benefit dinners include L’Ecole at the French Culinary Institute in New York City, Upstairs on the Square in Cambridge, Abacus in Dallas, Café Boulud in Palm Beach, One Sixty Blue in Chicago, the Fifth Floor in San Francisco, and the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. Gala dinner tickets, though limited, are available to the public. For more information including ticket prices and donation details, please visit Share Our Strength’s “A Tasteful Pursuit” is presented by Lexus. Product level sponsors include Saveur Magazine, FIJI Water and Woodford Reserve Bourbon.


To make an even larger impact, these chefs will also be sharing their strengths by volunteering their time throughout the tour in select markets to visit food pantries and teach nutrition education classes to low income families and children through Share Our Strength’s Operation Frontline classes. 


“If we are to address the challenge of 13 million children at risk of hunger in America today, it will take innovative solutions,” said Bill Shore, founder and executive director of Share Our Strength.  “We salute Lexus and these talented chefs for partnering with us to create A Tasteful Pursuit and we thank them for their role in raising critical funds and awareness to ensure that kids everywhere have access to nutritious food.”


“Lexus is pleased to be the presenting sponsor of A Tasteful Pursuit,” said Keith Dahl, National Event Marketing Manager for Lexus, “Share Our Strength makes such a difference in the lives of so many and we and are proud to support such an important cause.”



About Share Our Strength

Share Our Strength, one of the nation’s leading anti-hunger organizations, is committed to building the first hunger-free generation in America. More than 13 million children face hunger in our country and through innovative fund-raising opportunities – from holding volunteer-led special events to developing unique corporate partnerships – Share Our Strength is working towards ensuring these children have access to nutritious food that enables them to learn, grow and thrive. Since its founding in 1984, Share Our Strength has raised more than $180 million supporting more than 1,000 anti-hunger, anti-poverty organizations worldwide. For more information please visit 


About Lexus

Lexus has become synonymous with luxury since its introduction in 1989.  By offering some of the finest quality luxury vehicles and providing benchmark customer service, Lexus has become the top-selling luxury nameplate in the United States for five years in a row.  Lexus and its 210 dealers have repeatedly achieved high honors for both the products they sell and the customer service they provide as rated by the independent research firm of J.D. Power and Associates.

BetwMore info at een June 15th and June 28th, four of the nation’s hottest young chefs will be touring the country to raise funds for Share Our Strength to fight childhood hunger. Partnering with the culinary who’s who in seven cities, they will create seven-course masterpieces paired with ultra-premium wines for sensational evenings of unparalleled cuisine. Please join them and do your part to help create America’s first hungerPictured from left to right: Bradford Thompson, Mary Elaine’s at the Phoenilius Gallagher, Oceana (New York City, NY), Sherry Yard, Spago (Los Angeles, CA), and Johnny Iuzzini, Net proceeds from each dinner will benefit Share Our Strength.

Please click on each event below for more information.

Date City Restaurant Host Chef
June 15th New York City L’Ecole – the Restaurant of The French Culinary Institute Alain Sailhac
June 16th Cambridge UpStairs on the Square Susan Regis
June 20th Dallas Abacus Kent Rathbun
June 21st Palm Beach Café Boulud at the Brazilian Court Daniel Boulud, Zach Bell, and Jennifer Reed
June 23rd Chicago one sixtyblue Martial Noguier
June 26th San Francisco Fifth Floor Melissa Perello
June 28th Beverly Hills The Peninsula Beverly Hills Sean Hardy

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Lexus is pleased to be the Presenting Sponsor of A Tasteful Pursuit. Over the past fifteen years, Lexus has been driven by the passionate pursuit of perfection to create the world’s finest luxury automobiles. It is this same commitment and passion that drives Share Our Strength in their pursuit of building the first hunger-free generation in America. Share Our Strength has made a difference in the lives of so many, and Lexus is proud to support this important cause. Lexus invites you to join this journey to end childhood hunger.