As one could possibly surmise from Todd English's naming an oyster after himself, the man loves at least two things: himself and oysters. Turns out he actually has an interest in non-culinary animals as well, and he's heading up to Maine to host a benefit for Hope Elephants, a non-profit that looks after aging and injured elephants. English's mother is a volunteer for the organization and apparently can't wait to tell her son all about elephants Rosie and Opal whenever he calls home. The two elephants performed in circuses for more than 40 years and now suffer from a variety of nerve and joint ailments.
The $500 per head dinner will feature a cocktail hour, an "elaborate" dinner, live jazz, and the refreshing news that English is doing something nice in the wake of his continuing legal battles. The dinner will take place on August 4th, and tickets are available by emailing Steve Mortimer of Hope Elephants. English is also due to appear at the upcoming Boston Food Fest.
· Hope Elephants [Official Site]
· All coverage of Todd English on Eater [~EBOS~]