Las Vegas, NV (May 28, 2015) — Celebrity chef, cookbook author and sustainability seafood advocate, Rick Moonen will join the Feast it Forward Network, as its first celebrity talent in the all-new episodic series, “Can I Eat This?”, one of the many series currently under development by the network. On Friday May 29th, the announcement was made by Co-Founder and President of the Feast it Forward Network, Katie Hamilton Shaffer at BottleRock Napa music + food + wine festival.
“When dreaming up my vision for Feast it Forward, I wanted to incorporate all of my passions while creating something that could truly make an impact,” explains Shaffer. “I wanted it to be inspirational, yet entertaining. With Chef Moonen joining the FEAST, I’m ecstatic about what the future holds!”
For more than 25 years, Chef Rick Moonen has been considered the Godfather of Sustainability, bringing national awareness to this subject near and dear to his heart. Moonen, owner of Rick Moonen's rm seafood and Rx Boiler Room inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place in Las Vegas, will take viewers on an adventure from the sea and from the farm to the table to inspire a cleaner and more responsible future in food, raising the question “Can I Eat This?”.
“I am thrilled to team up with the Feast it Forward Network on this exciting all-new series, “Can I Eat This?”, said Moonen. “This will not just be your ordinary farm to table series, but instead will showcase how to be sustainable in a delicious and fun manner!"
In addition, Feast it Forward Network’s Katie Hamilton Shaffer will join Moonen and festival headliner Imagine Dragons on the Williams-Sonoma Culinary Stage this Friday, for a special cooking demonstration highlighting key network partners, while announcing the much anticipated and dynamic partnership between Moonen and the network.
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As “All Things Food. Wine. Philanthropy.”, the Feast it ForwardⓇ Network serves as a guide to the conscious consumer searching for a better and more philanthropic lifestyle. Feast it ForwardⓇ seeks to enlighten viewers, open minds and change the way people purchase and think about food, wine and giving back. The network has a strong focus on sustainability and aligns with chefs and brands who share their core values to maintain the integrity of their offering. Learn more the Feast it ForwardⓇ Network and their family of brands at feastitforward.com.
About Rick Moonen
Chef and cookbook author, Rick Moonen, has been the country’s leading advocate for the sustainable seafood movement for the past 25 years, bringing national awareness to this subject near and dear to his heart. In 2013 USA Today named him one of Earth’s “Power Players” as one of five leaders helping the health of our planet. He’s been featured on CNN, TODAY, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, Dan Rather Reports, and many more. His flagship restaurant, Rick Moonen’s rm seafood inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place in Las Vegas, showcases his commitment to sustainability without foregoing culinary creativity and innovation, and has been critically acclaimed by local and national press alike. In 2010 Rick made a memorable appearance on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, nearly taking home the title and raising thousands of dollars and national awareness for Three Square food bank in Las Vegas. In May of 2011 Monterey Bay Aquarium honored Rick as their “Chef of the Year” for his tireless efforts towards sustainability. He was named Humanitarian of the Year by the American Culinary Federation in 2013. In June 2013, Chef Moonen transformed rm upstairs into Rx Boiler Room, a modern gastropub that showcases comfort food, redefined with Moonen’s signature twist. Rx Boiler Room was named Best New Restaurant of 2013 by Desert Companion magazine. www.rickmoonen.com.
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