Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Chef Ryan Butler: "Social responsibility to me is simply just being aware of what’s going around you"

Name: Ryan Butler

What is your job? Pastry Chef for the Highlands Restaurant Group (which includes NY hotspots Whitehall Bar + Kitchen, Highlands, and Byron at The Surf Lodge)

What social causes are most important to you? The social causes that are most important to me include; Autism, cruelty to animals, protecting the American farmer, human care for farm animals, and commercial whaling in the Antarctic.

What charities do you support – and how? I support a charity called Autism Speaks and for the last four years I have participated in the annual celebrity chef’s gala to raise money for the foundation to help continue it’s research and advocacy initiatives. It’s a fun night that raises a lot of money for an important cause. 
I also support the ASPCA. My fiancé and I have adopted a pitbull puppy that was found in the garbage can in Green Point – we named him Oskar.

Why do you have a passion for this one in particular, is there a personal tie? As for the ASPCA, I am a big animal lover – There are so many animals out there right now that need loving homes.

Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved? I would encourage others to pick something that moves them and do the research to see how they can help. A little bit can go a long way.

How would you define social responsibility? Social responsibility to me is simply just being aware of what’s going around you, whether is locally or internationally, and doing your part to show support wherever and however you can.

Quick list of tattoos/mention artists if you’d like:

-       My left thigh was done by Nalla Smith of Goose Tattoo: It is a sugar skull with thorns and red & yellow roses
-       My right inner arm tattoo is of a traditional American pirate ship with black sails and cutlasses by John Poverty thicker than water tattoo
-       My outer right arm is of Polynesian god heads that is accompanied by symbols
-       My left arm sleeve was done by Kaz formally of New York is adorned with traditional Japanese dragons

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