Debi and Gabriele’s generosity extends far beyond entertaining us, as their passion for making a difference is reflected in the work they do for charitable organizations in both New York City and his hometown of Florence, Italy.
Stateside, Mazar and Corcos have actively supported Food Bank for New York City for many years, most recently doing a Zoom talk show to benefit the organization. “One of the biggest issues that we’ve seen is obviously with the fact that schools are closed, kids are underfed and there’s a lot of people in need here” Gabriele said, adding “so the Food Bank for New York City has always been our go-to place for any charitable work we do here in the city.”
With COVID-19 wreaking havoc in Italy as well, Gabriele reflected on his home country “Obviously as a Florentine and living abroad, I knew what was going on in Italy before it became the news of the day here. I’ve always been in touch with my friends and the people that I work with in Florence and Francesco Spighi is a fantastic photographer.”
He continued, describing how because Spighi’s predominant focus, weddings and baptisms, had been put on hold due to the pandemic, “he started taking city photography and because his pictures were noticed he started with the Careggi Foundation in Florence”, adding “His pictures along with other pictures from other photographers were selected and used in a book that is going to be published next week and all of the proceeds are going to charity.” That charity is Florence’s Careggi University Hospital.
“It was a way to support a friend, somebody who lives in the town where we’re moving this summer to live forever”, adding “and also to do something good for my city. I’m looking forward to being on the ground next year and just help out, so this is wonderful!”
We don’t know if Debi, Gabriele, Evelina, and Giulia’s impending permanent move to Italy is breaking news, but we do know that as long as they have an internet connection, a working oven, a full pantry & fridge, and people like us that love their chemistry, their culinary gifts will be ones that keep on giving.
How has your family coped with the current crisis? Has food brought you closer together?