With bottled water, filtered water, sparkling water and the many different flavored waters, Chicagoans may take it for granted that they can just turn on the faucet and have safe drinking water. The UNICEF Tap Project and its volunteers conduct local fundraising events throughout March to provide clean, safe drinking water to children around the world.
The 2nd Annual Taste of Tap is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on March 23 at Centered Chef Studio and will feature Chicago chefs and a silent auction. Also included in the event is A Razor, A Shiny Knife, which is an educational, social and theatrical culinary experience, based in New York, according to UNICEF Tap Project Coordinator Dai Ngo.
“We had come across the group’s recent presentation about water at the Guggenheim Museum called ‘Edible Water’ and thought they’d be perfect for Taste of Tap,” she said. “They’ll be bringing this very unique demonstration to our event to convey the ‘segregation of water’ through modern cooking techniques.”
Ngo became a volunteer for UNICEF two years ago when the Tap Project motivated her to get involved because of its a simple way for people to make a change, she said.
Though she wouldn’t ruin the surprise of what the small plates at the event will be, she did give a teaser that each chef will have a recipe incorporating water as a central component of the small plate.
Anyone interested in joining the campaign can visit uniceftapproject.org. Chicagoans can also participate in World Water Week (this week) by donating $1 or more for tap water at participating Chicagoland restaurants.
“Just $1, for example, can help provide a child with access to clean drinking water for 40 days in countries where it’s needed most,” Ngo said.