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The non-profit, along with presenting partner Circuit of The Americas, hosts Tamron Hall, Gail Simmons, Adam Richman and an impressive roster of celebrity chefs, announces fundraising event in New York City


AUSTIN (AUGUST 16, 2017) - Common Threads, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing health and wellness to children, families and communities through cooking and nutrition education, is headed to New York to master the art of French cooking at the Common Threads Chef Takeover Fueled by Circuit of The Americas. This five city, one-night-only, pop-up dinner will take over Manhattan on Wednesday, October 11 at Tom Colicchio’s Riverpark (450 E. 29th St.) from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.


Each dinner in the series features a line-up of celebrated chefs from across the country and tasks them with creating dishes that reflect the evening’s theme. TV personality and author Adam Richman, award-winning journalist Tamron Hall and Food & Wine Magazine’s Gail Simmons will play host at the New York dinner bringing together an impressive list of chefs to honor the legendary Julia Child. Participating chefs include:


  • Chef Govind Armstrong – Post & Beam, Los Angeles
  • Chef Andrew Smith –  Riverpark, New York
  • Chef Silvia Barban – LaRina Pastificia & Vino, Brooklyn
  • Chef Fany Gerson – Dough, New York
  • Chef Umber Ahmad – Mah Ze Dhar, New York
  • Chef Daniel Serfer – Mignonette, Miami
  • Chef Christian Apetz – The Driskill, Austin


Additionally, the evening will include an opening reception with small bites prepared by Common Threads students, a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind experiences and a special musical guest performance. The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts Trustee, author and grand-nephew of Julia Child, Alex Prud’homme, who has penned two books about his grand-aunt, will also be speaking at the dinner.  The Julia Child Foundation supports Common Threads programs and provided permission for this event to be held in Julia’s honor.


“Common Threads envisions a world where people embrace healthy cooking, healthy eating and healthy living as both a life choice and a human right,” said Linda Novick O’Keefe, founding CEO of Common Threads. “Chef Takeover Fueled by Circuit of The Americas is a great way to bring our mission to life. We are thrilled to unite some of the restaurant industry’s top chefs to create a special experience over the dinner table while raising awareness for the importance of health and wellness.”


Common Threads Chef Takeover Fueled by Circuit of The Americas has already visited Chicago and Los Angeles and will be in Miami on Thursday, September 7 at the Mondrian South Beach Hotel where it will celebrate “Food as Art.” After the New York event, the series wraps up in Austin, TX during Formula 1 United States Grand Prix race weekend.


“It’s our pleasure to support Common Threads’ mission of extending nutrition education into schools located in underserved communities across the country. By serving as presenting sponsor for these unique fundraising dinner events, not only are we able to support the cause nationwide, but we are particularly honored to assist in launching Common Threads’ programs in our neighboring school district, Del Valle ISD,” stated Circuit of The Americas Chairman, Bobby Epstein.


All funds raised will benefit Common Threads programs, teaching children in underserved communities how to lead healthier lives. The Common Threads Chef Takeover Fueled by Circuit of The Americas will help fund the organization’s growth goal of getting one million children cooking for life by 2020.


General tickets cost $175 per person and Chef’s Table tickets (which include a welcome gift, elevated wine pairing and celebrity chef dish presentations) cost $250 per person. For additional information and to purchase tickets visit www.commonthreads.org/cheftakeover.




About Common Threads:

Founded in 2003 in Chicago, Common Threads was created to bring health and wellness to children, families and communities through cooking and nutrition education. By integrating preventative health programs into school districts and community organizations, Common Threads not only helps combat the rising number of diet-related diseases, but also cultivates a culture that embraces a healthier lifestyle and celebrates diversity through food. The organization envisions a community of learners that embraces healthy cooking, healthy eating and healthy living as both a life choice and a human right.


Common Threads currently operates in nine major cities including Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Jacksonville, FL; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; New Orleans, LA; New York City, NY; Pittsburgh, PA and Washington D.C. During the 2015-16 school year and summer, it provided hands-on cooking skills and nutrition education to more than 70,000 students, worked with over 500 schools and partner sites and served 498,000 healthy meals and snacks.


The non-profit is committed to reaching 1 million children by 2020 and hopes to eventually make its programs an integral part of childhood education for all. To learn more, visit www.commonthreads.org


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About Circuit of The Americas:

Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, is the only purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States designed for all classes of racing. The 3.4-mile racetrack hosts the world’s most prestigious sporting events, including Formula 1 and MotoGP. The 1,500-acre campus is also home to theAustin360 Amphitheater—PollStar’s 2013 “Best New Major Concert Venue” and a 2014 “Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue” nominee—impressive meeting and hospitality spaces and an iconic 25-story observation tower that offers 360-degree views of the circuit, amphitheater and downtown Austin. For more information, visitcircuitoftheamericas.com. For an experience as unique as Austin and a rush you will never forget, visit Circuit of The Americas, where exhilaration happens.