First responder’s steal


Imagine having a free meal from what was dubbed the world’s greatest restaurant. Seems like any foodie’s dream come true. Daniel Humm, the owner of Eleven Madison Garden, decided to open its doors to help first responders who may need meals. 

Eleven Madison Garden is an extremely high end restaurant in New York that serves three course meals for about $295 per person. Due to the pandemic, it had to shut its doors to the public and postpone its dining out facilities. 

However, Humm won’t let this stop him and Eleven Madison Garden from cooking for people. Specifically, first responders on the front lines. 

According to CNN Travel, many food banks that front line first responders rely on for food have shut down. Eleven Madison Garden partnered with a nonprofit called Rethink Food NYC as well as American Express. Rethink Food NYC upcycles food.

Humm decided that his kitchen would have a goal of sending out two thousand meals per day to responders. This sounds like a challenge because according to Hillary Dixler Canavan, a global editor for Eater, says, “These places weren’t designed for pick-up and delivery.”

However, with the help of Rethink Food NYC, there will be delivery to different hospitals and New Yorkers. 

Mikeina Yang, a Pre-Med student going to the University of Utah, said, “I think that it’s a very noble and humane thing to do because hospitals and just front line workers don’t get too much time to eat because they get like 10 minutes because they’re being pulled left and right. I think that it’s really smart. Front line workers deserve as much recognition as they can get because they can’t go and see their family at home.”

Eleven Madison Garden is also a part of a group made up of different restaurants called Make It Nice. These restaurants include Eleven Madison Garden, Made Nice, and Davies and Brook. Make It Nice made a fundraising webpage for the employees that have been taken out of work. 

The group has also been auctioning off different experiences. One of these is a private cooked dinner by Daniel Humm for about 50,000.

Humm stated, “the storm is still coming, and will be for some time, and if we can do just a little something, these dark days can be just a bit brighter,” as well as many thanks to those who are helping.