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Eating for Good

What If a Restaurant Gave Away All Its Money?

Michael Solomonov donates 100 percent of his restaurant’s profits at Rooster Soup Co. to a remarkable ministry in Philadelphia.
Photographer: Tommy Baboon

Nearly every night of the week, a chef somewhere is hosting a fundraising dinner, plating duck meatballs and seafood pasta for such nonprofit organizations as the anti-poverty Robin Hood Foundation or the garden-promotion Edible Schoolyard NYC. The first job of a chef is to feed, right?

Some go beyond that. At the new Rooster Soup Co. in Philadelphia, James Beard-winning chef Michael Solomonov gives 100 percent of the restaurant's profits to the nearby Broad Street Ministry, which offers support—including three-course meals—to thousands of people in need.