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.
We are so grateful to HMSHost Foundation for its generous gift. As an added bonus, this gift, our restaurant, and our mission were covered by Patch.
We’re so excited that New York Magazine’s Grub Street named Emma’s Torch one of the best kid-friendly restaurants in New York. We love having kids in our dining room, so come visit often!
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!
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
Our Executive Director Kerry Brodie and Culinary Director Chef Alex Harris sat down with Bon Appetit’s Hilary Cadigan to talk about the origins of Emma’s Torch on Bon Appetit’s podcast, Bon Appetit Foodcast. We’re on episode 198: “Feel Good in the New Year.” Check out the podcast here.
The Guardian covered our December holiday dinner, and we could not be more proud of our students! The piece features one of our students, “Aya,” a refugee from Iraq who keeps her identity hidden to safeguard her Iraqi family.
The Brooklyn Eagle covered our Hero of the Month Award from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. Thank you!
We were so proud to be named Brooklyn’s Hero of the Month for December. Our Culinary Director, Chef Alex Harris, accepted the award on behalf of the organization. Bklyner covered the event.
We’re grateful to be featured in Bloomberg’s article on mission-driven restaurants, "Dine Out, Do Good.”
Starting in early 2019, Emma’s Torch will be running the concessions in Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library at 10 Grand Army Plaza. We are delighted that this news made the New York Times Restaurant section!
We're on TIME Magazine's first annual list of the World’s Greatest Places, for which TIME solicited nominations across a variety of categories—such as museums, parks, bars, restaurants, theme parks, cruises and hotels—from our editors and correspondents around the world as well as dozens of industry experts.