Amtrak The National: Food Incubators and Refugee Chefs

We’ve been included in a fantastic feature in Amtrak’s The National. The piece, titled “How Food Incubators Are Training America’s Next Great Immigrant and Refugee Chefs.” showcases terrific food ventures around the country that are working with refugees and immigrants. We’re so proud to be counted among them. Read the full article here, or see an excerpt about Emma’s Torch below.

Lonely Planet: Eat Well, Do Good

Food lovers worldwide, we’re waiting for you! The Lonely Planet devotees among you may have seen this morning’s feature on restaurants that support refugees, and we are delighted to be included. See the entire story, titled “Eat well, do good: 10 restaurants improving the lives of refugees” on Lonely Planet.

Mentions from across the pond: Emma's Torch in the Moodie Davitt Report

We’re proud of our partnership with HMSHost, and are delighted that it is getting some attention - even from news outlets in the UK. This piece from the Moodie Davitt Report details our $30,000 gift from HMSHost Foundation and tells our story.

Brooklyn Paper: Brooklyn Heroes of the Month

It was our honor to be named December’s Brooklyn Hero of the Month by Borough President Eric Adams. Thank you, Brooklyn Paper, for memorializing the occasion!

Emma’s Torch personifies what’s great about this country and what’s great about giving back and allowing people to find hope and prosperity in the greatest country alive.
— Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President

Beep honors new batch of Brooklyn ‘Heroes’

Borough wide

Borough President Adams honored great Brooklynites for acts of heroism amid a ceremony at Borough Hall on Dec. 28.

The beep started out with his heroes for the month of October, police officers Charles Edwards and Damion Graham, who saved the life of a 1-year-old baby, which stopped breathing aboard a C train Downtown on Oct. 8.

The patrolmen responding to a 911 call didn’t wait for paramedics to arrive to immediately begin performing CPR on the infant, which ultimately saved the child’s life, according to Adams.

“Cases like this are proof positive that these first responders are often in the best position to be the life savers we need,” Adams said.

The borough president then awarded NYPD Deputy Inspector Joseph Seminara for his help in rescuing a woman trapped in a burning car on the Belt 
Parkway in Canarsie.

Seminara was coming off a 14-hour shift as commanding officer of the 23rd Precinct on Nov. 28, when he spotted a two-vehicle wreck that had left both cars ablaze, and he pulled over to offer assistance, ultimately working with another mysterious good Samaritan to extract a woman trapped within one of the smoldering sedans.

“We are proud and fortunate to have such devoted heroes among the ranks of the NYPD,” said Adams.

Finally, Adams honored a Carroll Gardens non-for-profit restaurant, called Emma’s Torch, which employs refugees and survivors of human trafficking as student chefs, who earn job skills, are provided English courses, and are aided in finding further employment.

“Emma’s Torch personifies what’s great about this country and what’s great about giving back and allowing people to find hope and prosperity in the greatest country alive,” Adams said.— Colin Mixson