What do Bhangra Style Dance Parties,  Spanish Ham,  and DC’s Best Restaurants all have in common?

What do Bhangra Style Dance Parties, Spanish Ham, and DC’s Best Restaurants all have in common?

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If you guessed a desire to empower rural India, you are definitely on to something. The VFF USA Recipe for Empowerment Gala on October 6th brings together amazing companies who are partnering with us to make a difference. Our auctions includes a diverse array of  unique items that are sure to give you or your loved ones experiences of a lifetime that will go farther than bringing joy here, but all the way to the communities we work with in India. Raise a glass of Grapes of Spain Wine or Biscayne Brewing Company Beer to celebrate the amazing businesses who are helping us empower rural India.  You can only bid if you join us on October 6th. Whether you have your eyes on a delicious Spanish ham from Fermin, or a vacation for 2 at…
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A Taste of North India In DC: Interview with Daljeet Singh

A Taste of North India In DC: Interview with Daljeet Singh

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Aroma owner Daljeet Singh hails from New Delhi. He is a restaurateur with a rich history in DC known for executive lunches, celebrations , catering, weddings, and delicious halal options. Aroma features North Indian inspired flavors that give all guests to the restaurant a chance to try the greatest Indian classics and some additional items with a US twist. What is the mission of Aroma Restaurant? Aroma started in 1994 at a time when DC had few Indian restaurants.  Aroma came up with the executive lunch option so the neighborhood office workers could come in for a lunch and be back at their desks in less than an hour. Of course lunch guests are welcome to stay longer, but Aroma is  among a very small group of quality restaurants that…
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Top Chefs Dish Up for VFF USA

Top Chefs Dish Up for VFF USA

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  Our annual Recipe for Empowerment gala is coming up on October 6 at the Wonderbread Factory. With so many accomplished local chefs on board, guests will enjoy a world of yummy delights amidst an enticing silent and live auction. VFF USA is excited to showcase the three different cultures that have helped to shape our success and will feature top American, Spanish, and Indian chefs. We welcome back some chefs from last year’s event and bring some new ones into the fold, each with an interesting take on how food can unite and delight people. Raise a glass of Grapes of Spain Wine or Biscayne Brewing Company Beer to these amazing chefs.  American: Returning talent Gregory Booth of The Kitchen at Blue Creek provides a personal chef and catering…
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¡Salud! Join Grapes of Spain for Exclusive Wines

¡Salud! Join Grapes of Spain for Exclusive Wines

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[caption id="attachment_998" align="alignleft" width="622"] Grapes of Spain founder & president Aurelio Cabestrero (right) at a winemaker Isaac Fernandez vineyard[/caption]                           Our annual Recipe for Empowerment gala is a festive evening that presents delectable dishes by top D.C.-area chefs and an exciting auction, all to directly support life-changing work in rural India. Coming up October 6 at The Event Space in D.C., this year’s event will be even tastier thanks to a generous donation by Spanish wine importer Grapes of Spain. We sat down with president and founder Aurelio Cabestrero to discuss his passion for promoting Spanish wines, why he supports VFF USA, and his reason for donating some very special Isaac Fernandez Seleccion wines.   Tell us about…
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Recipe for Empowerment: A Festive Evening in DC to Change Lives in India

Recipe for Empowerment: A Festive Evening in DC to Change Lives in India

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  Last fall, 250 friends of VFF USA gathered for Recipe for Empowerment, our annual gala and auction that raises support for our mission to empower rural India. Guests bid on spectacular silent and live auction items as they enjoyed delectable dishes provided by some of DC area’s most accomplished chefs. We were deeply grateful to raise $100,000 to directly impact the lives of 130 female victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. These women participated in a jobs training program that prepares women for work in high-demand vocations, including tailoring, small batch cleaning supply manufacturing, and other areas. As the women complete the program this month, we anticipate that 90% will be able to support themselves and their families within three months. Thanks to your support, 130 women and…
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Save-the date for our annual gala, “Recipe for Empowerment”.

Save-the date for our annual gala, “Recipe for Empowerment”.

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The Vicente Ferrer Foundation USA (VFF USA) is thrilled to announce the save-the date for our annual gala, “Recipe for Empowerment”  as October 6th, 2017. The event brings together top Spanish, Indian and American chefs from the D.C. metro area to show the interconnectedness of the world through food. The VFF USA "Recipe for Empowerment" annual gala helped break the cycle of abuse and foster independence for these 300 women last year. This year our goal is to raise $300,000 which will support the construction of a rainwater collection dam, drip irrigation systems for rural farmers, a community school and center, among numerous other programs throughout Andhra Pradesh India. Join us alongside DC's best chefs: Kristy Ferretti, A Loving Table Gregory Booth, The Kitchen at Blue Creek Dadisi Olutosin,Plated Food Groupe Logan…
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USEC and VFF USA presented  “Navigating Cultural Differences in International Projects”

USEC and VFF USA presented “Navigating Cultural Differences in International Projects”

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We have all had that magical moment, when we strike gold on the  perfect solution, but sometimes when presenting our new ideas to others it is easy for the essential elements to get lost in translation. Cultural differences go beyond language. Perhaps you recall stories of the merry-go-round hooked up to a water pump as a solution for rural sub-Saharan Africa, where children are plentiful but clean water is scarce. The investors that created the project seemed to have thought of everything. Reports found pumps abandoned, broken, unmaintained. Of the more than 1,500 pumps that had been installed with the initial burst of grant money, one-quarter already needed repair. It’s not surprising that cultural differences lead a great idea from one location to quick scaling and then failure. This failure,…
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Swimming Manhattan for VFF

Swimming Manhattan for VFF

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New York’s Manhattan Island is 32 miles in circumference. In a fundraising challenge organized by the Vicente Ferrer Foundation, professional long-distance swimmer Christian Jongeneel swam two laps around Manhattan and  became the fourth athlete in the world to complete this incredible feat. Jongeneel’s swim of 20 hours and 15 minutes shattered the previous record held of 20 hours and 56 minutes held by American swimmer Skip Storch. Swimming without a neoprene wetsuit, Jongeneel said battling the cold water (around 64 degrees Fahrenheit) and strong currents was a grueling task. "It never crossed my mind to quit,” he said. “I was confident that I would finish the journey. For this challenge, mental strength is more important than physical training.  Any possible doubt was tackled by focusing on how this challenge would…
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Women on the Rise

Women on the Rise

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How Three Wives Went From Victims to Leaders According to the National Crime Record Bureau, India recorded 337,922 crimes against women in 2014, a 9% increase from the previous year. Other data from India suggests that one in three women are victims of domestic violence. Victims face both physical and psychological abuse from husbands, in-laws, and other relatives. Abusers often seek opportunities to obtain additional payments to the dowry, a legally prohibited but culturally entrenched Indian tradition. The fight for gender equality is entrenched in the struggle to support victims of violence. Here are three stories of women who fought for justice and found relief with VFF’s help. Sunita lives in Kanekal, a village in the Anantapur district in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. "I married in 2007,…
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