It Tastes Good to G.I.V.E.

Michael's assistant Ellie Groden serves up some of Manny's garden vegetable ratatouille-inspired penne with Teena's Pride heirloom tomato, bell pepper, eggplant, and basil.

Yesterday Harry’s Pizzeria chef de cuisine Manny Sulbaran, Michael’s daughters Ella and Lulu Schwartz, and Ellie and I were honored to be a mere 6 of the more than 1,300 volunteers associated with Royal Caribbean who spent their Saturday giving a little back to the South Florida community for the company’s 15th annual G.I.V.E. Day.  When the invitation was extended by Vice President of Food & Beverage Frank Weber, with whom we work on a farm-to-ship program for Oasis of the Seas, we jumped at the chance — especially knowing we’d be getting our hands dirty in kitchen!

G.I.V.E., which stands for “Get Involved Volunteer Everywhere,” is a community service event that brings together Royal Caribbean employees, their families, friends, vendors and business partners to assist non-profit organizations and improve the quality of life in their local communities. Volunteers yesterday  painted and landscaped the grounds at Booker T. Washington High School in Overtown.  What a sight when we arrived!  It was an ocean of people, thousands, all giving back to a worthy cause…  What an inspiration!

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