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CityGate restaurants designate March 15 to support World Central Kitchen


Above / The community is welcome to join five restaurants located at CityGate Centre in support of the front-line food provider campaign #ChefsForUkraine.

Update, March 17, 2022 / Folks at CityGate Hospitality have expressed gratitude for all community and employee dedication to Tuesday’s fundraising in support of the #ChefsForUkraine campaign launched by World Central Kitchen. The final tally is expected next week.

Meanwhile, anyone who wishes to support World Central Kitchen with a donation of any size may contribute at donate.wck.org/give.

Original Post, March 7, 2022 / CityGate campus restaurants – CityGate Grille, Che Figata, Tap In Pub, Lavazza and Zorba Cocktail Bar – located at Route 59 and Ferry Road in Naperville, will donate 30 percent of proceeds from all food and beverage sales Tuesday, March 15, to support the #ChefsForUkraine campaign launched by World Central Kitchen (WCK), the front-line food provider founded by humanitarian and Michelin Star Chef José Andrés. 

WCK brings volunteer chefs and food to the front lines, providing meals in response to humanitarian, climate and community crises. WCK personnel and volunteers have been on site and serving hot, nourishing meals within hours of the initial invasion of the Ukraine by Russia on Feb. 24. With meal stations set at eight border crossings across the country, and at local restaurants in Odessa and Lviv, WCK is serving thousands of fresh meals to Ukrainian families fleeing their homes as well as those who remain in the country.

“Every day, our restaurants reflect our commitment to our community and my love of sharing food and friendship with our neighbors,” said CityGate Hospitality SVP and Chief Operating Officer Mae Calamos in a written statement. “When our team asked to find a way to support the people of Ukraine, we decided to place our effort behind World Central Kitchen as it aligns with our businesses and philosophy.

“It means a great deal to me that Chef Andrés’s mission is to use the power of food to nourish not just the body but also the soul.”

To contribute to this campaign through CityGate Hospitality, community members can dine at participating locations – CityGate Grille, Che Figata, Tap In Pub, Lavazza and Zorba Cocktail Bar – or order online from CityGate Grille, Che Figata, Tap In Pub and Lavazza websites – on Tues., March 15, when a portion of their purchase amount will be donated by CityGate Hospitality. 

Links to each restaurant’s website can be found at www.citygatecentre.com/carryout

CityGate Hospitality at CityGate Centre

CityGate Hospitality LLC manages Hotel Arista, CityGate Grille, Che Figata, Tap In Pub, Lavazza Naperville, Zorba Cocktail Bar, Arista Spa & Salon and Olympus Executive Fitness Center, all located on the CityGate campus at Route 59 and Ferry Road, alongside I-88, in Naperville.

About World Central Kitchen / WCK’s #ChefsForUkraine effort

World Central Kitchen (WCK) is first to the frontlines, providing meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises. When disaster strikes, WCK’s Chef Relief Team mobilizes to the frontlines with the urgency of now to start cooking and provide meals to people in need. Deploying its model of quick action, leveraging local resources, and adapting in real time, WCK is able to respond to multiple disasters at once — often on opposite ends of the world. By partnering with organizations on the ground and activating a network of food trucks or emergency kitchens, WCK provides freshly made, nutritious meals to survivors of disasters quickly and effectively. WCK supporters know that good food provides not only nourishment, but also comfort and hope, especially in times of crisis. For more information, visit wck.org/relief.

Submitted by Starr McCaffery, CityGate Hospitality (PN File Photos)



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