Chef Ellie Krieger and Natural Gourmet Institute to Host 10 for 10 Dinner for Wellness in the Schools

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Food Network Star and leading culinary school join forces to present a gourmet meal for charity.

On September 18, 2015, Food Network Chef Ellie Krieger will join forces with Chef Elliott Prag of Natural Gourmet Institute and John Ragan, Director of Wine and Restaurant Operations at Union Square Hospitality Group to cook up a delicious and healthy meal to benefit local non-profit Wellness in the Schools (WITS). 100% of the proceeds from the dinner, which is part of the WITS 10th Anniversary “10 for 10” dinner series, will be donated to Wellness in the Schools, an organization that inspires healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life for kids in public schools.

Guests will be treated to a cocktail hour with an array of seasonal hors d'oeuvres made with local ingredients, followed by a classic four-course dinner with wine pairings. The evening's menu will celebrate the end-of-summer bounty from local farms and purveyors and include dishes such as: Oyster Mushroom Ceviche in a Crispy Wonton, Edamame Cream on Seeded Flatbreads, Roasted Garlic and White Beans on Rosemary Pizzelle, Golden Melon and Yellow Tomato Gazpacho with Basil Oil, as well as Local Catch of the Day, Summer Ratatouille, Creamy Polenta, and more. The menu will also feature delicious and fragrant basil from Gotham Greens, a local urban rooftop garden.

“Wellness in the Schools makes a huge difference in children’s lives,” says Chef Ellie Krieger. “I’ve been involved with this organization since the early years and am so excited to help celebrate their tenth birthday, and to support all the good work they do.”

The dinner will also be hosted by WITS Executive Chef and Chef/Owner of Telepan restaurant, Bill Telepan, and WITS Founder/Executive Director Nancy Easton.

Event details:

When: September 18, 2015 6:00pm
Where: Natural Gourmet Institute, 48 W. 21st St., 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10010
Tickets: $300,


About Chef Ellie Krieger

Ellie Krieger is well known as the host of Food Network’s hit show “Healthy Appetite.” She is a James Beard Foundation and IACP award winning, and New York Times bestselling cookbook author, and a weekly columnist for The Washington Post. She has also been a columnist for Fine Cooking and Food Network magazines, and USA Today. Ellie is a registered dietitian who earned her bachelors of science in clinical nutrition from Cornell and her master’s in nutrition education from Teacher’s College Columbia University. Her latest book is You Have it Made: Delicious, Healthy Do-Ahead Meals (Jan 2016).

About Natural Gourmet Institute

Founded in 1977 by Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D., Natural Gourmet Institute (NGI) is the leader in health-supportive culinary education. Natural Gourmet Institute’s Chef’s Training Program is a comprehensive and professional program that trains students to meet the growing demand for culinary professionals who are able to make the connection between food and health. NGI’s interactive and dynamic Certificate Programs are designed to give students first-hand experience and expertise in the areas of Writing for Food Media, Sustainable Meat, Culinary Tours, Culinary Nutrition, Sustainable Farming, Raw and Living Foods, Cooking for People with Illness and Food Entrepreneurship. Natural Gourmet Institute also offers public intensives, hands-on instruction, demonstrations and lectures for the healthy cooking enthusiast. On Friday night, the school is transformed into an intimate dining room, where Chef’s Training Program students and instructors prepare a three-course vegetarian Friday Night Dinner that is innovative, delicious and beautifully presented.

About Wellness in the Schools

Since 2005, Wellness in the Schools has worked to inspire healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life for children in public schools. Through meaningful public/private partnerships, Wellness in the Schools creates hands-on programs such as Cook for Kids, Green for Kids and Coach for Kids. These programs provide healthy foods, healthy environments and opportunities for regular play to help kids learn and grow. WITS is currently serving over 75 NYC public schools by creating healthier lunches, providing culinary and nutrition education, and getting the least active kids active in a fun and supportive way on the recess yard.

For more information about Wellness in the Schools, please visit

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