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D.C. Central Kitchen Innovators Put On The Dish at Book Launch Party

Robert Egger wasn’t impressed when his fiancée dragged him out one night to help feed homeless men and women on the streets of Washington. That was 25 years ago, and it wasn’t that the cocky nightclub manager didn’t want to help people—he just felt that the process was more meaningful to those serving the meals than those receiving them. He vowed to come up with something better.

Egger named his gritty, front-line nonprofit D.C. Central Kitchen, and today it has become a national model for feeding and empowering people in need. The Kitchen's CEO Michael F. Curtin, Jr. and Egger are inviting supporters to enjoy live music and great nibbles to launch "The Food Fighters" -- a new book about the nationally-recognized nonprofit innovators. Hors d'oeuvres from Ris, Kaz Sushi Bistro, Pizzeria Orso, Willow, and Art & Soul and others will be served. Scotch and beer tastings plus a signature cocktail made by D.C.’s “Mixtress” Gina Chersevani are also in the offing. The party is Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6-8:30 p.m. at Liaison Capitol Hill’s Rooftop Pool & Bar at 415 New Jersey Avenue, NW. Tickets are $75 and include food, drinks, a signed copy of “The Food Fighters,” and are on sale now at

For a quarter century, D.C. Central Kitchen has pioneered a new model of using food as a tool to change lives. It provides nutritious meals to neighbors in need, equips unemployed men and women to begin culinary careers, and engineers successful social enterprises that create good jobs. Through job training, healthy food distribution, and local small business partnerships, D.C. Central Kitchen offers path-breaking solutions to poverty, hunger, and poor health.