Hip Hop Pioneers To Host Food Festival To Aid Bronx Needy
For hip-hop pioneer Melle Mel, hosting a food and wine festival in the Bronx to benefit the borough’s needy isn’t just business, it’s personal. Growing up in the borough, which, according to New York City Coalition Against Hunger, has the largest number of children in “food insecure” homes, Mel said he often went hungry.
“It’s important because all of us take eating and having a full stomach for granted,” Mel, who was born Melvin Glover, told Bossip by phone from the United Kingdom. “When I was growing up, we were really poor, and some days we went without food. Now, I don’t miss meals, but it should be a given that we help people who are less fortunate.”
The “Bronx Food & Wine Festival: Hip Hop For Hunger” will be held Sept. 16 at the Andrew Freedman House and feature live cooking demonstrations and samples from dozens of local businesses, including the Port Morris Distillery, the Ghetto Gastro catering company and the Bronx Hot Sauce Co. All of the event’s proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of New York City.
There will also be a fashion show for Bronx-based designers, a live auction, and Melle Mel, fellow hip hop pioneer Grandmaster Caz and other special guests will perform live.
“It’s all the elements of the Bronx that make the Bronx what it is – the fashion, the food, the culture. and uniting those things to benefit the food bank,” festival organizer John Denizard said.
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