Compassionate Chefs Cafe Fundraiser, August 2011

Twice every year, New Delhi Restaurant transforms into “Compassionate Chefs Cafe”- a unique space of giving and selfless service. At this event, you won’t receive a bill for the food you eat, because it is offered to you purely as a gift, with great love. In turn, you can “pay it forward” – whatever amount you wish – offering a gift of your own will go directly towards youth enrichment programs supported by Compassionate Chefs Cafe.

Our August 2011 fundraiser was another lovely evening that brought together people from all walks to life to help raise funds for a beautiful cause. We had a representative from the Tenderloin After School program that shared information about the importance of the program and the kids it supports. We also had a young woman who actually graduated from the program and has now returned to volunteer. She talked about the encouragement and support she received while she was in the program.

There was delicious gourmet Indian food catered by New Delhi Restaurant. Henna Garden was in the house as always providing beautiful mehndi for the guests. DJ Amar was behind the decks holding down the music. Beautiful dance performances were shared by the Dholrhythms Dance Company’s student troupe called “Rhythms of Punjab” that performed Bhangra as well as a bellydance performance by Calamity Sam.

We also sold Compassionate Chef’s cafe tshirts especially designed for this event by founder Ranjan Dey’s daughter Sarah Dey. We raised almost $4000 at this fundraiser. All the funds will be allocated to the projects we currently support, Ekatava in Ahemadabad, India and The Tenderloin after school program here in San Francisco. We are very grateful to everyone that joined us and opened up their hearts and pockets to help support our projects. Our next fundraiser will be in November and we hope you’ll be able to join us again.

Many thanks again from Compassionate Chefs Cafe.

Ekatava-The journey of 16 children: from the slums of Ahmedabad to the spirit of Oneness.

One of the programs funded by Compassionate Chefs Cafe is called Ekatava which means oneness. Ekatva is an experiment to touch the lives and spirit of 16 underprivileged children from India, through the mediums of dance, music, performance and most importantly, love. Through this journey Ekatava hopes to spread seeds of goodness and compassion throughout the world.

Sixteen children from some of the largest slums of Ahmedabad, Gujarat were selected through a nine month audition process, and are being trained and developed, by two mentors from Manav Sadhna and teachers from Darpana Academy, to perform a 90-minute dance-drama production sharing Gandhiji’s message of ‘Oneness’. After one year of training and development, the children will tour the show across India, the US, and the UK.

Compassionate Chefs ultimate goal is to uplift the lives of underprivileged children in different parts of the Globe. Once we heard of the EKATVA mission, we connected with the experiment and are now helping support the snacks, local transportation costs and other costs involved in handling and managing a wholistic development program for the kids leading up to the training of and eventual performance of the EKATVA show.

Learn more about Ekatava and its beautiful mission by visiting their blog.