Daniel Humm said that 100 per cent of the proceeds will go directly to the team in New York city to help them through the uncertainty ahead. “Our biggest shared worry is the lack of clarity as to what the future holds – will this be days or weeks or months?,” Daniel wrote in a newsletter. “We just don’t know,” he said.
New York has been the hardest hit in the United States with cases increasing exponentially over the past few days.
“It won’t be news to any of you that the past week has been unquestionably the most difficult in our lives, both personally and professionally. While we always have and always will believe that we can overcome any challenge together, this crisis has impacted our team in a way that we never could have imagined. Over the years our guests — you — have been so much more than customers to us; you’re part of an extended family of sorts, the reason for why we do what we do. If we hadn’t fully realized it, this week was a pretty good lesson: our restaurants are nothing without our guests,” Daniel said.
“Eleven Madison Park is our lives and has been the place we celebrate together and share in the good times, while we support one another and work through the hard times. We are so touched to see the outpouring of love and support from you all; we have come to rely on you just as much as you rely on us. Our team always has been and always will be our first priority, and frankly, we need your help to take care of them during this unprecedented time,” he said.
Apart from donations there are auctions such as the possibility to cook with the executive chef Brian Lockwood, bread baking, a private wine tasting, a dinner by Daniel Humm cooked at home for 10 guests, a private party at Eleven Madison Park and also the possibility to run with chef Daniel Humm.