Co-founder of Advancement for Rural Kids (ARK) Ayesha Vera-Yu. (Courtesy of ARK)
Co-founder of Advancement for Rural Kids (ARK) Ayesha Vera-Yu. (Courtesy of ARK)

A black-tie evening of Filipino cuisine will benefit Advancement for Rural Kids (ARK), an organization that helps children in underdeveloped countries get access to food and education. The Million Lunches campaign raises money for school lunch programs in the rural Philippines, where many farmers’ children struggle to stay in school due to hunger and poverty. Over the course of three years, parents and teachers will partner to turn idle land into organic gardens that will provide food to schools.

Restaurateur Nicole Ponseca (Maharlika Filipino Moderno, Jeepney) organized the Evening in Manila event to raise awareness for the cause and promote Filipino cuisine and culture. Chefs from Maharlika, Aquavit, Untitled, Locanda Verde, and more, will serve a Filipino-inspired menu, while Lumpia Shack and Noreetuh will provide reinvented Filipino hors d’oeuvres. Cocktails will be stirred or shaken by Gramercy Tavern and Jeepney. A dance party and auction will conclude the evening. $250 per person; $95 for dance party only.

Friday, May 20
6:45 p.m.–11:45 p.m.
The Harold Pratt House
58 E. 68th St.
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