Share Our Strength has collaborated with Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group for the past 24 years, raising almost $5 million for kids in need across the country. For the 25th Annual Autumn Harvest Dinner, the organization wanted to pay a special thank you to the legendary humanitarian, Danny Meyer. Melinda, Tori, James Favata, and James Loizou put their heads together to propose something thoughtful— a fireside conversation of sorts inspired by the popular “group talk” format seen in programs like The Hollywood Reporter’s award-winning Round Tables Series.
Talking About Danny Meyer
We partnered with Share Our Strength and its No Kid Hungry initiative to honor the CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and the founder of Shake Shack, Danny Meyer. But rather than do a standard biographical overview of Danny’s career and contributions, we assembled the best chef’s in the world to speak to the culinary entrepreneur’s philanthropic feats.
For The Man Who Has Everything
Chefs of the Round Table
Shot in New York City, we assembled a who’s who of celebrity chefs, including Marcus Samueulsson, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Suzanne Cupps, Mike Anthony, Eric Ripert, and Daniel Humm. Alexandria and De’von directed the group discussion, which was moderated by Share Our Strength’s Co-Founder Debbie Shore. Dressed in their best chef’s whites, the panel spoke to their personal relationships with Danny and his contributions to the American food scene. Serving a more inspirational note for the fundraising event, the chefs praised Danny’s belief that good cooking and good people can be a force for good in our communities.
As Vice President of Operations and Client Experience, Tori manages all aspects of LAI Video’s production and delivery. She’s led LAI Video’s project management for over a decade, building our award-winning portfolio and team into what it is today.
As the Vice President of Creative at LAI Video, James offers his docu-style and motion graphics expertise to transform brands and campaigns. He’s won numerous accolades, including two Emmy® Awards as a Director, for his incredible storytelling and vision.
Melinda brings more than 15 years of broadcast, digital, and production experience to her role as VP of Business Development and Creative Strategy. She builds strong, fruitful relationships and supports clients with a passion for storytelling and media strategy.
De'von has a diverse background; from filming in night clubs to fashion models and music videos.