Popular Takoyaki Chef, Local Nonprofit Team Up with Go! Go! Curry! for Food Donation

Your Stomach Loves Us and Go! Go! Curry! Giveaway

Sunday, August 15 and Monday, August 16 from noon until supplies last

Go! Go! Curry! Harlem – 567 W. 125th Street (between Broadway and Old Broadway)

Cost: Free

Local nonprofit Your Stomach Loves Us is teaming with Japanese curry chain Go! Go! Curry! to give away 1,000 total bento boxes of the company’s signature chicken katusu curry outside its Harlem location on August 15 and 16.

The core mission of Your Stomach Loves Us (YSLU) is to feed the communities where hostile incidents of anti-Asian violence have occurred free of charge, spreading love and understanding one bento box at a time. The Harlem event, which will begin at noon on August 15 and 16 at Go! Go! Curry!’s Harlem restaurant, is the first of several planned throughout cities in the United States, including San Francisco and Los Angeles. Other dishes such as Filipino lumpia, Chinese baozi, and Korean dukbokki, will help chefs fight anti-Asian racist hate with the great equalizer: food.

YSLU’s GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $14,000 in donations, including a $5,000 direct donation from GoFundMe, making these events possible.

One of YSLU’s co-founders is Karl Palma, whose Karl’s Balls takoyaki stand is a staple at street fairs throughout New York City. Palma turned to Go! Go! Curry! because he thought its ethos was a good fit for the nonprofit’s mission of spreading love through delicious food.

“Harlem’s a very soulful place and Kanazawa curry’s known as the quintessential soul food of Japan along with takoyaki,” says Palma. “Most of my Japanese buddies and myself we were all raised on Japanese curry. It makes sense to connect the soul food of Japan with Harlem.”

Check out CNBC’s interview of Palma from March of this year.

Each bento will consist of Go! Go!’s Kanazawa-style Japanese curry, a dark, thick curry sauce served over Koshihikari rice, a premium short-grain rice, with a side of very thinly shredded cabbage, all topped with a chicken katsu, a crispy, deep-fried cutlet.

“Our mission is to inspire the spirit of Genki—happy, healthy, fine, positive, and energetic in Japanese—through delicious, authentic Japanese comfort food,” Tomoko Omori, President and CEO of Go!Go! Curry! America says about the initiative. “We are happy to work with YSLU to pay it forward by plating Japanese katsu curry forward.”

Volunteer Opportunities

If you’re interested in helping Omori and Palma pay it and plate it forward, there are several volunteer shifts available.

Saturday, August 14

From 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (or when prepping is adequately finished)
Cutting chicken breast, breading chicken with panko, and slicing cabbage

Sunday, August 15 (two shifts)

First Shift from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Cutting chicken breast, breading chicken with panko, and slicing cabbage (three volunteers)
Bagging curry and handing out to Harlem residents (three volunteers)
Maintaining the line outside the restaurant (three volunteers)

Second Shift from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Bagging curry and handing out to Harlem residents (three volunteers)
Maintaining the line outside the restaurant (three volunteers)

Monday, August 16 (two shifts)

First Shift from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Bagging curry and handing out to Harlem residents (three volunteers)
Maintaining the line outside the restaurant (three volunteers)

Second Shift from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Bagging curry and handing out to Harlem residents (three volunteers)
Maintaining the line outside the restaurant (three volunteers)

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Kathy Berry at wildberrytraveling@gmail.com

About Your Stomach Loves Us

Your Stomach Loves Us, a local nonprofit, started this spring to provide a tasty heart-healing alternative to the violence that has erupted toward Asian-Americans since the COVID-19 pandemic began,

“I’ve seen too many posts and videos recently of anti-Asian violent incidents,” Greg Taniguchi, the co-founder of Your Stomach Loves Us, who runs a digital branding consultancy, said. “This time, I’m not simply closing my browser. I’m doing something about it. The person you share food with could, one day, need you to watch their back. It’s bigger than color. It’s a practice of love.”

To learn more, please visit YSLU’s website. To make a donation, please visit their GoFundMe campaign page.

About Go! Go! Curry!

Go! Go! Curry! serves Kanazawa-style curry originating from Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture. The chain operates more than 75 locations in Japan, one in Brazil, and seven in the United States.

“Go” means “five” in Japanese and, of course, “moving forward” in English. The first U.S. store opened near Times Square in 2007. They now have six others in New York City and one in Cambridge, MA. For more information, please visit Go! Go! Curry!’s website.