De Gustibus Gives Back: Charitable Events

De Gustibus Cooking School has been hosting special events that benefit philanthropic organizations since 2009. We work with chefs to create classes that benefit their preferred charities.

We allocate a portion of the ticket sales to benefit the charity, as well as working with the chef and their team in securing items from various partners and sponsors to auction off — to increase the total donation value. In 2019, for example, to support The Food Dreams Foundation (a non-profit organization), we worked with Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and his son Chef Cedric and daughter Louise Ulukaya, who runs the foundation. Since we began our philanthropic mission, De Gustibus has raised over $80,000 for numerous charities (see list below).

Below is a chronological list of the philanthropic events we’ve hosted, the chefs involved, and the charities that benefitted.

If you are interested in hosting a class that benefits your charity at De Gustibus Cooking School, contact Owner-CEO Sal Rizzo at or call 212-239-1652.



Suvir Saran & Ted Allen 

In support of Gay Mens Health Crisis


Jacques Pepin, Jean-Louis Dumonet, Christian Delouvrier, Laurent Manrique and Claude Goddard

In support of Action Against Hunger


Marcus Samuelsson

In support of Three Goats Organization


Michael Anthony 

In support of Gods Love We Deliver


Amanda Freitag

In support of Gods Love We Deliver


Michael Solomonov

In support of Broad Street Hospitality Collective


Michael White, Bill Dorrler, Lauren Desteno, Arthur Lee, Francis Joven and Hristo Zisovzki 

In support of Spoons Across America

John Karangis & Danny Meyer

In support of Spoons Across America 

Alex Guarnaschelli

In support of Matthew Lehrman Osteosarcoma Research Fund 

Andrew Zimmern

In support of Andrew Zimmern’s Second Chances Scholarship 


Jean-Georges & Cedric Vongerichten

In support of Food Dreams 

Aarón Sánchez

In support of Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund 

Camille Rodriguez

In support of Matthew Lehrman Osteosarcoma Research Fund


Matt Abdoo & Shane McBride

In support of the Jeff Michner Foundation