Treat yourselves to authentic meals by refugees who now call NYC home. Traditional recipes, extraordinary new flavors, a thousand and one stories of home. Take your catering off the eaten path! From the Guinea’s glittering shores to Nepal’s towering mountains— their all-star chefs hail from every corner of the globe, and everything they create is inspired by cherished histories and thousands of miles travelled as immigrants and refugees. Eat Offbeat offers drop off delivery of buffet meals and can also provide fully-serviced custom events with seated meals, bar service, and event coordination.
Supports: Immigrants + Refugees | Instagram: @eatoffbeat | Locations available: Tri-State Area
A nonprofit social enterprise and full-service restaurant, Emma’s Torch harnesses the power of the culinary industry to help refugees build new lives in their new communities. Named for Emma Lazarus, an advocate for refugees whose sonnet is at the base of the Statue of Liberty, Emma’s Torch provides a unique 12-week culinary training program for refugees and survivors of human trafficking. Their unique apprenticeship program provides hands-on cooking experience to refugees, who rotate working every job in the restaurant, while serving delicious food and building community. Upon graduation, students are given help finding a job in the food industry. Emma’s Torch provides catering for private events, as well as full-restaurant buyouts.
Supports: Immigrants + Refugees | Instagram: @emmastorchfood | Locations available: Tri-State Area
A catering company with a mission unlike any other. Ratatouille & Co. endeavors to empower women from all backgrounds: women returning to work with a passion for cooking, refugees and immigrants who share their local recipes, newly minted chefs who just love culinary arts. Ratatouille & Co. sources their staff from trade schools, community colleges, and nonprofit organizations focused on workforce development, and their trainees walk away with superior culinary skills, greater self esteem, confidence, and enhanced team building abilities. Each of their events support the independence of their global staff of women as they hone skills necessary for a successful career in the hospitality industry.
Supports: Women’s Empowerment + Immigrants + Refugees | Instagram: @ratatouilleco | Locations available: Tri-State Area
Committed to taking the sustainable path in a largely environmentally-unfriendly industry, Purslane is proud to be New York's first trash-free and carbon neutral caterer. A full-service events and catering company, they implement a wide range of eco-friendly practices, and aim to send nothing to landfill, relying instead on recycling, composting, upcycling, and reuse programs to process their waste. Purslane's facilities are powered by 100% renewable energy, and they offset the carbon footprint of each meal they serve and every event they create by investing in carbon sequestration initiatives. Purslane's cuisine is ingredient-driven and follows a slow-food ethos. They use sustainable, organic, pesticide- and antibiotic-free ingredients and products from nearby farms, and source their beverages from local breweries and wineries. In addition to their sustainability initiatives, Purslane is committed to supporting their local community. They partner with Rescuing Leftover Cuisine to bring food leftovers to local shelters and care centers, and support a local homeless shelter and an education-based production farm that offers hands-on farm training and leadership opportunities for youth and adults. Purslane offers customized menus for a wide range of events, beverage packages, and drop-off catering services. They also operate two boutique venues: Fitzcarraldo and Franklin + Kent.
Supports: Sustainability + Reducing Food Waste + Fighting Hunger + Youth Development | Instagram: @purslanecatering | Locations available: Tri-State area
Committed to neighborhood hospitality and sustainability, west~bourne is about cooking for and giving back to their community. A nostalgic nod to the irreverent spirit of 1960s Los Angeles, west~bourne embraces the free thinking and open possibility of the west coast, and is rethinking what it means to be a good neighbor. Through their partnership with The Robin Hood Foundation, which invests in the most effective ways to fight poverty, a portion of their profits go to a nonprofit called The Door to fund hospitality job training for youth in their community. west~bourne then hires employees from that very program to build their team, making their giveback model one that is entirely integrated, sustainable, and meaningful. west~bourne is also committed to taking care of our shared environment, which is why they have invested in a set of practices and a zero waste approach that benefits both our planet and their collective. They make every decision with sustainability in mind, a dedication which is reflected in their menu. "Accidentally Vegetarian, Decidedly Wholesome" as they say, west~bourne is grounded in the belief that integrating a vegetarian perspective can have a beneficial impact on personal well-being and the planet. Their menu is playfully curated for your all-day cravings, and food, beer and wine are sourced thoughtfully with an emphasis on organic and local produce. They offer catering services as well as private events at their Soho cafe.
Supports: Youth Development + Sustainability | Instagram: @westbourne | Locations Available: New York City
Homegirl Catering is a unique women-run venture whose mission is to help formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women become contributing members of their community. For over ten years, Homegirl Catering has delivered fresh food and distinctive food and event experiences for clients throughout southern California.
Supports: Second Chance Careers + Employment + Women’s Empowerment | Locations available: Southern California
Foodhini was founded on the idea that food can be used to create new opportunities for our immigrant and refugee communities, and also satisfy the appetites of hungry foodies in search of authentic multicultural meals. Many immigrant and refugee communities face financial, educational, and cultural barriers that can limit their access to sustainable living wage jobs. By providing a platform for communities of diaspora to use their existing culinary skills to prepare and sell their home-cooked cultural cuisines, Foodhini empowers these communities to bypass those barriers and create new opportunities. Through their shared revenue model, a significant portion of the money you spend on a Foodhini meal goes directly to the incredible chef that prepared it. Foodhini covers all the upfront costs, enabling home chefs to just focus on what they do best, cook incredible meals for you. Home chefs prepare their meals out of Foodhini's Certified Commercial Kitchen space so you can be assured of a quality meal.
Supports: Immigrants + Refugees | Instagram: @foodhinidc | Locations available: D.C. Metropolitan Area
A full service, alternative event catering company, Harvest & Revel offers well-sourced and creatively cooked food with style as well as ethics.. As part of their commitment to sustainability and the ethical local food industry, Harvest & Revel uses all natural, organic, antibiotic- and hormone-free ingredients, sourced from their own local farm and partners in the Tri-State Area. They are also committed to reducing waste, and employ creative techniques to use leftover ingredients, partner with Rescuing Leftover Cuisine to donate all food leftovers, and compost any food scraps that cannot be donated. Harvest & Revel also spearheaded a "Harvest Justice" project to raise awareness and money for the Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation's Growing Youth Power program, which prepares teenagers to live healthful lives and to take action for food system change by training and employing them in what is often their first work experience. When you hire Harvest & Revel for an event, you can choose to donate a lump sum or a percentage of your bill to the "Harvest Justice" project. In addition to catering, Harvest & Revel offers beverage and bar packages, staffing, styling and design, floral design, rental coordination, and even venue lighting, DJ, and photographer coordination.
Supports: Sustainability + Reducing Food Waste + Youth Development + Community Development | Instagram: @harvestandrevel | Locations available: Tri-State Area
A woman-owned corporate catering concierge service, FoodtoEat focuses on working with immigrant, women and minority-run food businesses throughout New York City. On a mission to unite people around the communal table and add diversity to the food community, FoodtoEat champions small businesses from every neighborhood. Many of the freshest, most flavorful and varied cuisines across the city are created by small restaurants, often started by immigrants, who don’t have the infrastructure or capital to offer catering to the average business. So, FoodtoEat built an easy-to-use platform for these businesses to expand their reach beyond their standard delivery zone. That means that they’re able to provide your team an assortment of delicious culinary adventures that will surprise and delight while inspiring conversation. A member of the Female Founder Collective, FoodtoEat also enables and empowers female owned and led businesses to positively impact their communities both socially and economically.
Supports: Immigrants + Refugees + Women’s Empowerment
Locations available: New York City
A bold, full-service catering company that infuses Caribbean, American and international cuisines, Island Infusions Catering aims to bring a taste of the islands to you. From traditional island cuisine, to familiar dishes infused with island flavors, they make sure that each and every bite takes you on a culinary adventure. At the core of the company is their motto "So We Can All Eat," a phrase that was born out of a desire to maximize their philanthropic efforts and create a giving program fully integrated into their day-to-day operations. This means that the Island Infusions family uses ingredients and food from sustainable sources; gives back to several, local 501(c)3 organizations focused on education, medical research and fighting hunger; and prioritizes a commitment to the environment. Their sustainability practices include using biodegradable serveware and products, eliminating the use of water bottles, recycling at every event, and partnering with local farmers, ranchers, and herdsmen to reduce their carbon footprint. They offer discounted pricing for nonprofit events, as well as private chef services and cooking classes!
Supports: Nonprofit Donations + Sustainability
Locations available: Tri-State Area
All about healthy and purpose-driven meat-free dishes, Soulgood Food Truck and Catering is on a mission to save the planet, its people, and animals, one plate at a time. They offer delicious, plant-based twists on fan-favorite classics, and through their Soulgood Cares initiative donate 5% of their revenue to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and other local charities, and host events to provide free food to undeserved communities and homeless children. Soulgood was created by Cynthia Nevels in honor of her youngest son, Tyler, who passed away from Cystic Fibrosis. When Tyler was diagnosed with the genetic disorder, Cynthia sought to improve his health in any way she could, and so she experimented with meatless meals. Now, she hopes that her meat-free recipes can bring other families health and happiness, as well as keep her son's legacy alive. It's simple, Soulgood believes giving is good for the soul.
Supports: Fighting Hunger + Sustainability + Medical Care + Research
Locations available: Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
Bringing the magic of farm-to-table dining to any venue, events catered by The Pixie and The Scout are marked by their focus on food. They prepare the freshest, most sustainably harvested ingredients, sourced through their many farming and fishing friends, to provide creative meals crafted for each client. The Pixie and The Scout are committed to the highest level of environmental and agricultural sustainability in the way they source, cook and serve food. Passionate advocates of the food revolution, they are dedicated to making access to nourishing food a right not a privilege; to challenging consumer assumptions about food and how it gets to our plate; to disrupting the narrative of who belongs in the fields/the markets/the kitchens that make our plates possible; and to bringing people together at big tables. They are committed to all the ways that food—specifically their own—can make communities more honest, more loving, and more just. In addition to event catering services, The Pixie and The Scout offers delivery, always with biodegradable servingware; supper clubs at their studio where ticket sales go towards supporting individuals and organizations in their community working for economic and social justice, particularly in the arenas of food sovereignty and sustainability; and workshops.
Supports: Sustainability + Community Development
Locations Available: Greater New York City Area, Long Island + Hudson Valley
The creation of award-winning Chef Chad Gauss of The Food Market and La Food Marketa, along with his team of chefs and creative minds, Hoopla! Catering is all about top-notch service, flavorful fun, and support for the Baltimore community. Hoopla! looks to lift up and give back to their neighbors at every opportunity. They opt to take the budget most companies would reserve for marketing, and put it towards philanthropic support; donating their time, delicious food, and services to nonprofit events, block parties, and festivals in order to help local organizations and neighborhoods raise more money for their causes.
Supports: Community Development + Nonprofit Donations
Locations available: Baltimore Metropolitan Area + Surrounding Area