On Wednesday, which is World Food Day, diners at each of the Niche Food Group restaurants will have a chance to eat a one-night-only special for a good cause. The proceeds of these special dishes will be donated to World Central Kitchen, an organization founded by chef José Andrés that provides fresh meals to survivors of natural disasters and other crises around the world.
"We just really wanted to be involved," says Gerard Craft, executive chef and owner of Niche Food Group.
Each special dish is an homage to an area of the world that has been affected by disaster and that WCK has aided. To that end, Brasserie will serve North Carolina-inspired shrimp and grits with housemade andouille sausage and a brandy sauce. Pastaria will offer zarapes de pato, a duck tostada inspired by Jalisco, Mexico, while Taste will serve Guatemalan-inspired chicken pepian fried dumplings. Finally, Sardella will be serving Puerto Rican frituras de arroz con pollo (fritters made with rice and chicken).
Craft says that all the restaurants' chefs got to pick where they wanted to cook from, as long as it was a place that WCK had provided relief.
"Nobody is doing as much to help in times of crisis in this world as World Central Kitchen," he says.
WCK is using World Food Day as an opportunity to raise awareness and funds to help serve more meals in times of crisis. With the help of restaurants around the country, the organization hopes to raise enough money to provide 100,000 meals to those in need.
"I think, you know, chefs inherently are just giving people," Craft says. "I think any change for us to get involved with helping people is always a great opportunity."
Brasserie by Niche, 4580 Laclede Ave., Central West End, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.454.0600, brasseriebyniche.com
Pastaria, 7734 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, Missouri, 314.862.6603, pastariastl.co
Taste, 4584 Laclede Ave., Central West End, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.361.1200, tastebarstl.com
Sardella, 7734 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, Missouri, 314.773.7755, hsardellastl.com