PCMA’s NY Chapter Pulls Off a 5K For Charity Without Breaking a Sweat

Fortunately, for the more than 50 event and hospitality professionals participating in PCMA's NY Chapter's 5K Pub & Grub Crawl last night, the "K" stood for "Kitchens," and they weren't asked to run, but walk to five different restaurants in Union Square in New York City, sampling menu items from each.

The event was part of Network for the Needy, and all proceeds went to Feeding America.

The evening cost $45 a person, and raffle tickets were sold on site for prizes like overnight hotel stays in New York City. Every dollar raised at the “5K” equated to eight meals donated to Feeding America. By the end of the night, not including food donations that were collected separately, the chapter raised more than $4,000, or approximately 32,000 meals. All without breaking a sweat.

Here are a few highlights from last night’s crawl:

We enjoyed brown-sugar coated beets and goat cheese, along with a glass of the house sauvignon blanc, at Tocqueville, a new restaurant serving American-European cuisine that sources a good amount of its fare from the local Union Square Greenmarket.

In a beautiful, lantern-lit seating area, we sampled arancini — Italian rice balls — and a pink cocktail made with gin and champagne at The Fourth, a new American Brasserie that incorporates local artists’ work into the interior design.

And while sipping scotch that had been aged for 10 years, and trying deviled eggs topped with chorizo, we took in the warm, laid back ambience of SINGL, the Hyatt Union Square‘s lobby bar. The name stems from the fact that the bar only serves single-malt whiskeys and single-vineyard wines.

Sarah Beauchamp

Sarah Beauchamp was formerly assistant editor of Convene.