Celebrity Chefs & Friends Gather To End Hunger

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Here at HooplaHa, we love our food and wine. So naturally, we love going to food & wine festivals! When we catch word about an event that will not only be fun but also helps raise money for good causes, we just have to get involved. Community, non-profits and celebrity chefs are joining together for the SoWe Food and Wine Festival in Southern Westchester County, New York on Friday, September 19-21st.

We especially love this event because it brings community together while generating awareness and raising funds to fight hunger, obesity and malnutrition. The festival works directly with WhyHunger (among other such as Greyston Foundation and Food Bank of Westchester) which works day in and day out to stop hunger and put food on every table. By supporting this festival, you support families who need food. Celebrity chefs Graham Elliot and Rocco DiSpirito are taking part in this great cause! So come down, meet the guys and help put food on tables!

On Friday, September 19, 2014 we will be covering the “Best Chef Battle" where Graham and Rocco go head to head!

On Saturday, September 20, 2014 and Sunday, September 21, 2014 we will be watching the chef demonstrations at the Grand Culinary Village.

For full event info visit SoWe Food And Wine!

 

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