Debra Whiting Foundation

Debra Whiting was a visionary chef in the Finger Lakes wine growing region. Her passion was not just the food as it appeared on the plate, but the food as it grew on local farms, supported local farmers and communities, and offered a wholesome and rewarding lifestyle to an entire region.  Drawing on her relationship with husband and winemaker David Whiting, the evolution of a truly inspired regional cuisine was developing on her plate.

During the 12 years that Debra led the culinary team at Red Newt Bistro, she was a leader in the development of farm to table relationships that blossomed with the development of the burgeoning wine industry of the Finger Lakes. Debra Whiting Foundation has been formed to carry on Debra’s vision and commitment to wine, food, farms, families and community.

The Debra Whiting Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

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Debra Whiting was a visionary chef in the Finger Lakes region.  Along side her husband David she founded the Red Newt Bistro, one of the most successful winery restaurants in the Finger Lakes.  Her focus was always on using local products purchased directly from local farmers.  Encouraging people to buy and serve local was more to her than about the food on the plate: It was about nurturing the inspiration of young farmers and creating a community where passion and innovation could thrive.

The Debra Whiting Foundation has been formed to carry on Debra’s vision of what a localvore community can be.  In the works is a set of programs to inspire and enable farmers to thrive and grow their passions, and to inspire chefs to learn the true meaning of buying, eating and living in a community where locally based agriculture can thrive.

The Debra Whiting Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation.  To make a donation, please use one of the links below.

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Chopped!

Chopped!

In November of 2010, Debra Whiting was filmed for the Food Network show “Chopped”.  Sadly, Debra was not with us for the airing of show, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from tuning in for this great episode of “Chopped”!

Debra’s episode “A is for Apple, U is for Udon” first aired on the Food Network on Tuesday, August 16th at 10pm.

If you missed the show, you can watch the full episode on youtube ($1.99 fee)

The family at Red Newt extends a sincere thanks to all of the folks who watched on August 16th.  Many people have reached out to express how Debra has touched them with her grit, determination and spirit.  It is heartwarming to see how Debra continues to inspire.

Tune in, have fun, cheer, laugh, cry and enjoy the show!