DKNY is celebrating its 20th anniversary by fighting hunger.
The fashion label has donated bottles of its 20th anniversary sparkling cuvée to 25 restaurants in New York as part of a program called "Toast to New York." The cuvées will be available by the bottle or glass tonight only in New York, with all proceeds going to City Harvest, the organization fighting hunger in New York City. City Harvest was founded 27 years ago today, on December 8, 1982.
DKNY describes the program as "our way of saying thank you for feeding the city that feeds our inspiration."
"It is our obligation to help those less fortunate," said Vincent Seufert, a partner in 10 Downing Food & Wine, one of the restaurants participating in tonight's program. "Seeing the good City Harvest does within the community and the happiness it brings to people that really need it is extremely rewarding."
Seufert added that New York as a city "should set the standards for all the other cities" in terms of combating hunger.
Restaurants, in particular, he said have a special obligation to fight hunger.
"We are at the forefront at food distribution in the city," he said. "With the number of people that dine out in the city on a daily basis we should try to make as many people as possible conscious of the problem so hopefully they will help."
Restaurants joining 10 Downing Food & Wine by participating in the program are Bar Stuzzichini, Café du Soleil, Da Silvano, Delicatessen, Dirt Candy, Fatty Crab (643 Hudson Street), Fatty Crab (2170 Broadway), London Lennies, Oceana, Olives, Perilla, Rye, Scuderia, T Bar Steak & Lounge, Victor's Café, Café D'Alsace, French Roast Downtown, French Roast Uptown, Le Monde, L'Express, Maison, Marseille, Nice Matin, and Pigalle.