Food & Recipes

Rachael's Feast for FDNY (Or Any Big Crowd You Might Be Serving This Summer!)

by Rose Marie Walano 3:00 AM, May 16, 2018

Aired May 16, 2018

When Rachael trained as a firefighter for International Firefighters' Day — as a way to help her good friend Denis Leary raise money for his Leary Firefighters Foundation — she wanted to do something for the brave men and women, too.

She wanted to feed them! (DUH.)

And she did so by whipping them up two hearty menus (one for lunch and one for dinner) that are perfect for feeding a big crowd of hungry people.

MORE: Can You Imagine Rach, Her Husband, Chef Anne Burrell and NY Jet Nick Mangold Rescuing You From a Subway Emergency? Watch Them Learn How!

The lunch menu is a spread of three types of chili, plus layered nachos, while the dinner menu is Italian-inspired and filled with grilled classics: chicken, burgers and hot dogs.

And since it’s all hungry firefighter-approved, you can be sure the menus will satisfy your friends and family at any summer events you’re hosting, too.

"Second-best chili I had after my wife's," says one firefighter with a wink (we see you, sir!). His comrade adds, "I don't have a wife, so this is the best chili I've ever eaten."

Hear, hear, Rach! Get both menus below.


Serious Three-Meat Chili

Black Bean & Portobello Chili (The Vegetarian Option!)

Rachael's White Chicken Chili With Roast Poblanos

Black Jack Nachos with Gazpacho Salsa


Italian Roasted Chicken

Italian-American Salad

Rachael's Spring Mac n Cheese with Peas and Asparagus


Big Smacker Daym Drops Burger

Wisconsin-Style Burgers with Worcestershire, B, L, T and Pub Cheese

Chili Dogs