New Books for Kids library in Las Vegas

The Batali Foundation announced the opening of a new Books for Kids library in Las Vegas at the Acelero Spring Valley Learning Center. This is the eleventh Books for Kids library that the Mario Batali Foundation has funded, and their third in the state of Nevada.

The Acelero Spring Valley Learning Center serves 325 children, from the ages of one month to five years old, year-round; 65.6% of the children at the Spring Valley site live below the poverty line.

The opening ceremony included a ribbon cutting for the library, a book reading by Mario of Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham, remarks from the Mario Batali Foundation; Books for Kids; and Acelero Spring Valley Learning Center; and a special thank you from the children.

2016 MBF Honors Dinner

On Sunday October 16th, the Mario Batali Foundation and Mario Batali honored Chef José Andrés. This intimate evening (limited to 180 guests) of exquisite food, wine, cocktails, and music was held in the Private Restaurant at Del Posto Ristorante. Attendees enjoyed special performances by co-host Jim Gaffigan, Mike Mills of REM and a musical performance by Chris Stills.

The 5th Annual MBF Honors Dinner recognized the work of José Andrés – a tireless advocate of fighting hunger and poverty through his own foundation, World Central Kitchen as well as D.C. Central Kitchen, L.A. Kitchen.

Guests feasted on a four-course Italian dinner, created by Mario and Del Posto’s James Beard Award-winning Executive Chef Mark Ladner.

When honored guest, José Andrés, accepted his golden pie server award, his speech brought the audience to a standing ovation.

Proceeds from this event benefitted The Mario Batali Foundation.