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Tom Colicchio, Julianne Moore Boost Hunger Program in Hamptons

Chef Tom Colicchio, owner of New York's Craft and Colicchio & Sons restaurants. The lead judge on Bravo's
Chef Tom Colicchio, owner of New York's Craft and Colicchio & Sons restaurants. The lead judge on Bravo's "Top Chef" program will host a fundraiser with actor Julianne Moore and Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter for the United Way of New York City in the Hamptons Saturday to raise awareness about starving New Yorkers. Photographer: Bill Bettencourt/Colicchio & Sons via Bloomberg

Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) -- For today’s United Way of New York City fundraiser in Sagaponack, New York, chef Tom Colicchio called on Julianne Moore and Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter to give him a hand with the hosting.

The benefit -- titled “What’s on the Table?” -- is tied to a United Way initiative to use social media in teaching the public about nutrition and fighting hunger. The nonprofit also wants to increase funding and technical assistance for the food banks it supports, which serve New York’s hungry.

“The visibility I have for doing ‘Top Chef’ helps me ... bring people into the tent,” Colicchio said by phone. “And this is a time when people need food more than ever.”

Colicchio, the lead judge on the Bravo network program, is chef and owner of the Craft and Colicchio & Sons restaurants in New York. He and his wife, filmmaker Lori Silverbush, also put together the event’s host committee, which includes actor Ed Burns and his wife, model Christy Turlington; hedge-fund manager Scott Bommer, president of SAB Capital Management LP; and Paul Kanavos, founder and chairman of luxury resort operator Flag Luxury Properties LLC, and a friend of Colicchio’s.

The more than 200 guests will get to taste small plates featuring locally produced meats and vegetables prepared by Colicchio’s chefs.

‘Hunger in America’

Guests also will view a clip from Silverbush’s documentary “Hungry in America,” which is currently in post-production. The film, financed by Participant Media (“Waiting for Superman”), is scheduled for release in 2013.

United Way of New York City has seen a 30 percent increase in those seeking food at the more than 500 pantries and soup kitchens it supports in the area.

“A larger percentage of these people are working families,” Kevin Taylor, the nonprofit’s senior vice president for institutional advancement, said by phone. They’re “having to decide whether to pay the rent or put food on the table.”

(“What’s on the Table?: An Event to Combat Hunger” for the United Way of New York City is today from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at a private residence in Sagaponack, New York. Tickets are $250. Information:

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff in New York at

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