Chef Maria Loi of her eponymous Loi Estiatorio, which showcases traditional Greek cuisine, treated some of New York City’s homebound elderly to a flavorful meal as part of the Chefs Deliver for Citymeals program.
A Citymeals on Wheels initiative, Chefs Deliver brings together a rotating cast of culinary stars who, once a month, lend their talents to Citymeals – cooking and often personally delivering the meals to the doors of New Yorkers who are too frail to shop and cook for themselves. Chefs Deliver was launched in January 2014 by Citymeals Board of Directors Co-President Chef Daniel Boulud and Citymeals Board Member Chef Charlie Palmer.
Chef Loi, prepared and delivered “Kotopoulo Sto Fourno” (braised chicken with lemon, carrots, dill and Idaho potatoes), “Kounoupidi” (tomato-steeped cauliflower) and “Yiaourtopita” (yogurt cake) to Citymeals recipients living in midtown Manhattan. The remainder of the 150 meals she prepared were delivered to isolated older residents of Astoria in Queens – a special treat for the many Citymeals recipients of Greek descent living in the neighborhood.
“Food is a way to bring us back to our roots, and this meal serves as a wonderful reminder of home, especially for our recipients of Greek heritage,” noted Citymeals Executive Director Beth Shapiro. “Many of our city’s elderly have not been home in decades, and thanks to Chef Loi, this meal not only provided nutrition, but memories as well.”