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TAO Group Announces Mission for World Autism Awareness

April 20, 2018

In honor of World Autism Awareness Month, leading restaurant and nightlife company TAO Group and TAO Cares’ has announced its third annual nationwide effort to support and shed light on a great cause. Throughout the month of April, TAO Group venues across America (New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas) are offering “blue-themed” food and drink items, contributing 10% of the proceeds to support charitable organizations: Autism SpeaksEden II Programs, among others.

“We are thrilled to once again come together as an organization to provide support and raise awareness around World Autism Awareness Month,” said Ralph Scamardella, TAO Group Partner and Chef. “As we continue to advocate for the improved quality of life for children and adults with autism, TAO Cares proudly looks for ways to give back to the communities that inspire us. Our month-long mission for World Autism Awareness Month is a company-wide effort and I am so proud that we continue to come together for our third consecutive year to shed light on a great cause.”

The World Autism Awareness menus will feature the following specials at each designated venue for the month of April:

TAO UPTOWN / TAO DOWNTOWN / TAO LAS VEGAS / TAO LOS ANGELES

  • Bluefin Tuna Tataki, spring vegetable salad, burnt jalapeno vinaigrette
  • Salt and Pepper Blue Prawns, chili, crispy garlic and toasted pepper
  • Blue Layer Japanese Crepe Cake
  • Lychee Martini Blue Edition Cocktail

LAVO NEW YORK / LAVO LAS VEGAS

  • Blue Prawn Fritto Misto, blue potato chips
  • Blue Crab Mafaldini, lemon butter, garlic and toasted bread crumb
  • Blue Cookie Monster Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Rubina Rosa Blue Edition Cocktail

BEAUTY & ESSEX NEW YORK

  • Blue Fin Tuna Sashimi, creamy kani crab stick salad, crispy Okinawa sweet potato
  • Blue Corn Pappardelle, blue crab & Maine lobster, guajillo lobster broth, roasted corn & blistered tomatoes
  • Blue Velvet Cake Pops
  • Light It Up Bramble Cocktail
  • BEAUTY & ESSEX LAS VEGAS
  • Blue Crab Sopes, refried pintos, cotija, micro cilantro
  • Blue Corn Gnocchi Sardi, spicy Italian sausage, broccolini, cherry tomato
  • Blueberry Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwich, obi ice cream, freeze dried blueberries

BEAUTY & ESSEX LOS ANGELES

  • Bluefin Tuna Sashimi, blueberry white soy coulis, daikon chili relish, micro cilantro
  • Blue Crab Risotto, roasted corn, grana, crispy beet chips
  • Frozen Blueberry Kaffir Lime Soufflé, blueberry compote, toasted Italian meringue, candied almonds

VANDAL

  • Blue Corn Short Rib Tacos, cherry tomato salsa, refried pintos, green chile cream
  • 35-Day Dry Aged 16oz New York Strip, blue matchstick potatoes, crispy shallots, creamy spinach
  • Blueberry Macaroon Sandwich, vanilla frozen yogurt, mixed berries
  • Blackberry Caipirinha Cocktail

THE STANTON SOCIAL

  • Thai Style Blue Crab Spring Rolls
  • Blue Foot Mushroom Burger, Swiss cheese, Worcestershire aioli, blue cheese dusted blue potato chips
  • Coconut & Blueberry Sundae, coconut ice cream, blueberry meringue, coconut cake, blueberry sauce, whip cream
  • Blueberry Collins Cocktail

BODEGA NEGRA

  • Blue Crab Tostada with Chipotle Spiced Yogurt
  • Blue Don Huevo, dark chocolate molten cake, horchata ice cream, negra modelo caramel sauce

LEGASEA

  • Blue Crab Toast, grilled filone, pickled fennel, meyer lemon aioli
  • NY Strip Streak, roaring 40’s blue cheese melt
  • NY Style Blueberry Cheesecake
  • Foxy Moxy Blue Edition Cocktail

EGGHEAD

  • Blueberry Pop-Tart

THE HIGHLIGHT ROOM

  • Lump Blue Crab Cakes, red chili aioli, avocado cream, lemon frisee salad
  • Blue Burger, blue cheese, bacon, chipotle mayo, crispy onions
  • LUCHINI PIZZERIA & BAR
  • Buffalo Wings, with blue cheese dip

In addition, the following TAO Group nightclubs will also be contributing 10% from bottle sales of Belvedere and Grey Goose the month of April for World Autism Awareness Month: Marquee, Avenue, Vandal Lounge, TAO Downtown, Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge, PHD Rooftop, PHD Terrace, The Rickey and Fishbowl in New York; LAVO, Marquee and TAO in Las Vegas; and Avenue in Los Angeles.

On Wednesday, March 28, TAO Cares hosted a group of students from Eden II Programs at The Gallery at Dream Downtown for a kick-off event. Chef Scamardella led a culinary workshop, where the students enjoyed making their own pizza and salad, followed by a tour of the kitchen.