City Green Urban Farm
City Green is a non-profit organization in Clifton, NJ that is dedicated to facilitating the establishment of urban farms and gardens in northern New Jersey’s cities to create increased access to healthy, local food while cultivating education in food systems, nutrition and the environment. We partner with City Green annually by donating a portion of proceeds from special menus, volunteering on the farm biannually, participating in events at City Green, and having Chef Michel attend their intern lunches to teach them how to cook the fresh vegetables they grow on the farm.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Every October, Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month by raising & donating proceeds to local organizations. Spuntino Clifton raises to benefit Chilton Medical Center and Spuntino Westbury raises to benefit Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program.
Aside from our annual and regular partnerships, our teams participate in over 20 local community events and volunteer opportunities throughout the year.
Montclair Farmers’ Market
Chef de Cuisine Michael Desjardins of Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas volunteered at the Montclair Farmers’ Market, where he hosted a live demo and provided freshly cooked samples using the ingredients sold at the farmers’ market that day.
March of Dimes
Spuntino Clifton participated in the 5th annual Signature Chef’s event sampling favorite tapas benefitting the March of Dimes, a nonprofit with the mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
Puerto Rico Fundraiser
To support relief efforts in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico during the month of November, we raised funds by donating $1 from a featured cocktail, the Rico Fascino. The idea for the fundraiser was sparked by an employee, Gabriela Lugo, who returned from a trip to the island just hours ahead of Hurricane Maria’s landfall and has family members living in Puerto Rico that were directly affected by the storm’s impact. Together, she and her colleague, Alexis Morgan, developed the idea and collaborated to create the Rico Fascino cocktail.