Celebrity Chef Dinner
March 24 & 25
benefiting the Children's Summer Lunch Program
6 chefs; 6 courses
Friday - $130
Saturday - $150
Chef Joseph Bonanno
America's Best Firehouse Chef
Joseph T. Bonanno is a 21 year veteran firefighter with the
New York City Fire Department and served in Engine 319, Ladder 129 and Ladder 152. Joe's brother Michael, was also a firefighter with the FDNY serving in Engine 315, Engine 216 and Ladder 7. While a firefighter, Joe became
certified as a fitness trainer and nutritionist with certifications from New York University, The American Council on Exercise, The Aerobics and Fitness
Association of America and The International Sports Medicine Association.Firefighters, while known for bravery, also have a reputation
as excellent cooks, preparing and sharing meals while on duty.
With his fitness and nutrition background, Joe prepared healthy
meals for the firefighters he worked with.After attending a class at
The New School in Manhattan, A New York editor from Hearst Publishing approached him about doinga "healthy" firehouse cookbook.
Another NYC Firefighter, John Sineno, had publisheda New York Times
best selling cookbook in 1984. A proposal and sample recipes
were sent to the editor and The Healthy Firehouse Cookbook
was published and received rave reviews throughout the culinary
and firefighting community.To further establish himself in the
culinary field, Joe entered and won many "firehouse" cooking
contests, including "Americas Greatest Firehouse Chef" The FDNY
Bake Off, McIlleheny Tabasco Sauce Cook and Ladder Contest, The
International Firefighter Olympic Culinary Division and recently,
against some of Florida's top chefs, won The Florida State Iron Chef
Competition at the Florida State Fair.Joe has appeared several times
on "Live with Regis", Martha Stewart, The Today Show,
Good Morning America, CBS Saturday Morning, FOX N.Y. and many others.
He has been featured in the New York Times, The Daily News,
The NY Post, Eating Well and Bon Appetit. A second book,
The Firehouse Grilling Cookbook was then published with
more appearances following.Joe and his brother Michael, worked
tirelessly during the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero after 9/11/2001 and their stories are contained in the 9/11/2001 FDNY section.
Upon leaving the fire service, Joe received his Culinary/Chefs
Degree with honors from The Culinary Academy of Long Island,
doing internships at two of Long Islands top restaurants. Joe also
teaches at the A La Carte cooking school in Lynbrook, NY.
Joe has just published a third book, a childrens' book, highlighting
the adventures of Monutza The Firefighting Elephant and is
pursuing making an animated movie about the story.Joe recently
completed a first season of Firehouse Kitchen/American Firehouse
Cuisine, sliding down a real fire pole onto a set he built himself
resembling a nostalgic NYC Firehouse. These episodes can be
viewed on this website. Joe gives culinary demonstrations, nutrition
and fitness classes for the fire service and has been a spokesperson
for Ronzoni, Macy's, KitchenAid, Sorrento Cheese, Butterball Turkey,
Johnson and Johnson and others.
About the Charity
Over 50% of the students in the Narrows (Giles County)
attendance zone receive free or reduced price meals
when school is in session. But what happens during the
summer months when school is out? The Summer
Food Service Program (SFSP) was established by USDA
to ensure that low income children continue to receive
nutritious meals during the summer break. Free meals,
that meet federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all
children 18 years old and under at approved sites.
In April 2013, Giles County Public Schools received a
USDA grant to help provide lunches during the summer
months for children.
The program operated for 44 days from June 10 – August 15.
A healthy, nutritious, hot lunch was served
between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm. In these 44 days,
we served 4,409 child lunches and 2,389 adult lunches.
Our program helped to reduce childhood hunger
while providing healthy school meals to children and
adults regardless of their income or their residency.
Our motto (as taken from the USDA model) was
“Food that’s in when school is out!” From day one,
children and adults came. They enjoyed a healthy,
hot lunch prepared by our staff which included
more volunteers than paid employees.
The best quote we can give you came from an eight year
old child who was overheard on the first day of our
program saying “I’m so excited to come here today
because all I had to eat was beanie wienies.” Sad,
but true, childhood hunger happens everywhere,
even in small rural Giles County. But our program
helped offset this last year. There were many days
when children would come through the line a
second time for another tray of food. We gave
them that food at no cost to them or their parent.
The grant provided reimbursement for the
first tray of food and donations we received
covered a second tray if a child wanted one.
Many adults also could not afford to pay our $2 adult tray price so donations covered the cost if needed.
January 2017 Music
Sunday, Jan 15 - The City Folk
Friday, Jan. 20 - Jared Stout Trio (pop)
Saturday, Jan 21 - Hot Digitty Duo (country)
Sunday, Jan 22 - Guinea Mountain Boys
Friday, January 27 - The Bailsmen jazz trio from NYC
Saturday, January 28 - Marc Baskind (jazz guitar)
Sunday, January 29 - Indian Run String Band
February 3 - Vinyl Tap
February 4 - Smartmouth
February 5 - TBD
February 10 - Doc Greenberg and the Patient Jazz
February 11 - TBD
February 12 - TBD
February 17 - Bradley Steele - soft rock
Febraury 18 - Wyatt Law - finger pickin guitar