Cook's Grab Bag: A Call for Clean Water and Emeril Co-Stars
Offer to pay for your tap water next week so that others may drink out of harm's way. That's the focus of Tap Project, UNICEF's week-long fund drive at restaurants nationwide, including more than 90 in Washington.
Beginning this Sunday, March 16, here's how you can get involved: Dine out at a Tap Project participating restaurant (you will need to type in your zip code to get a search return for D.C. area eateries) and pay for your tap water. Your minimum $1-donation will help UNICEF's efforts to provide access to clean drinking water and sanitation facilities in the developing world. One dollar buys 40 liters of clean drinking water.
Water-related disease (diarrhea, dehydration) is the number two killer of children under five in the developing world, according to UNICEF. Tap Project launched last year in New York, where $100,000 was raised from tap-water-funneled funds at 300 participating restaurants. This year, Washington joins at least 15 other cities (Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Seattle, to name a few) in the quest for clean water funds. The week-long fund drive taps out on March 22, which is also World Water Day.
For more info on Washington's Tap Project efforts, e-mail: TAP@marcelsdc.com
Wanna Cook With Emeril?
Celeb chef Emeril Lagasse, a recent Food Network casualty, has found new eco-footing at the Discovery Channel. Lagasse has just signed to host a new cooking show called "Emeril Green," as part of Discovery's soon-to-launch Planet Green network. But wait, there's a Washington connection: The first season, which is scheduled to launch in July (Monday through Thursday nights at 8 p.m.) will be taped exclusively at the new sparkly gigantic Whole Foods in Fairlakes, Va.
The focus of Emeril Green, says producer Marie Ostrosky, is on "real people with real cooking dilemmas" who will get an on-air cooking lesson with the Big Guy. Organics, sustainability and nutrition are also on the proposed menu. To that end, the crew is hosting a casting call for the first season's round of 80 shows.
Interested in 15 minutes of fame with Emeril? Send an e-mail to: foodshowcasting@gmailcom with the following info: Name, address, age, occupation, culinary challenge and a recent photo. Keep me posted if you're selected for the show and we may feature you later this summer!
"Jessica" in Portland, Ore. wants to know this: Is there a kid's summer cooking camp in her hometown? She's part of the Big Brother, Big Sister program there and her little sister, 12-year-old Ellie, loves to cook and wants to be a chef when she grows up. Anyone out in the great Pacific Northwest know of a summer camp with a cooking focus? Please share any tidbits in the comments area.
Today is chat day after a two-week hiatus; talk to me at noon for another round of What's Cooking.
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