Monday Madness

Literacy Partners held their kick-off party for the annual “Evening of Readings” that they host every year with Liz Smith and Arnold Scaasi and Parker Ladd. This year they are honoring Joel Klein and Nicole Seligman and David and Sherrie Westin with readings by Augusten Burroughs, Nora Ephron, and Michael Cunningham. The event will be held at the New York State theatre followed by a Gala Black Tie Dinner Dance on the Promenade. This year’s co-chairs are Fabiola Beracasa, Samantha Boardman and Aby Rosen, Peter Brown, Joan Ganz Cooney and Peter G. Peterson, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Joanne and Roberrto de Guardiola, Sir Howard Stringer, Harvey Weinstein, Jackie Weld and Rodman Drake, Steven Rattner and Maureen White.

For more information, please contact Linda Buckley or Anita Hall at 212-573-6933.

David Westin, Sherrie Westin, Liz Smith, and Peter Brown

Henry Kissinger, Diana Taylor, and Mort Zuckerman

Arnold Scaasi, David Westin, Sherrie Westin, and friend

Arnold Scaasi, Martha Stewart, and Parker Ladd

David Brown and Helen Gurley Brown

Diana Taylor, David Westin, and Sherrie Westin
Jackie Weld Drake and Marjorie Reed Gordon

Adrienne Vittadini and Jamee Gregory

Mica Ertegun, Ahmet Ertegun, Liz Smith, and Iris Love

Harriet Weintraub and friend

Sharon Hoge and Susan Magrino
Lynn Goldberg, Toni Goodale, and Jackie Welch

Henry Kissinger and Paul Beirne

Susan McLaine, Carolyn Reidy, and Jessica Silk

Jonathan Farkas and Maria Snyder

Judy Price and Mary McFadden

L. to r.: Leonard Lauder; Maria Snyder and Michael Selleck; Yanna Avis.

Gail and Carl Icahn and the Randall’s Island Sports Foundation hosted a kick-off party to the MasterCard All-Star Salute to the World of Soccer, upcoming in May. The kick-off was to celebrate New York’s largest sports field development project to date.

Gail and Carl Icahn

The Randall’s Island development is a dream, long in the making, of Karen Cohen. Mrs. Cohen first got the idea of making the island a great sports facility especially for inner city kids fifteen years ago when she used to go to Randall’s Island to watch her son play soccer. It occurred to her then that this was a treasure waiting to be developed.

Carl Icahn threw his weight and his checkbook behind tdhe project when he wrote out a check for $10 million to build the Carl Icahn sports field and stadium.

Also present at the Icahns’ celebration were Jane Hanson and New York City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, and ISF trustees Tori Dauphinot, Bimla Picot, Dean Landis, Rodney Cohen, Grey and Debra Wasser and Nancy Neff.

The MasterCard All-Star Salute to the World of Soccer will take place on May 8th at Randall’s Island.
Clockwise from above: David Kane, Pat Shifke, Aimee Boden, and Ruth Ann Marshall; Don Garber, Chuck Blazer, and friend; Molly Helfet, Greg and Debra Wasser, and Bimla Picot.

L. to r.: Gail Icahn, Shep Messing, Chuck Blazer, Sunil Gulati, Ruth Ann Marshall, and Carl Icahn; Jane Hanson and Karen Cohen.

Dean Landis, Nancy Neff, and Rodney Cohen

Adrian Benepe and friend
Tori Dauphinot and Mary Judelson

Two weeks ago, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. honored several outstanding physicians across the country in the first annual National Physician of the Year Awards at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. Master of Ceremonies Dr. Max Gomez of NBC Television and Dr. Jordan J. Cohen, President and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, were among the speakers.

John K. Castle, Dr. Michael J. Zinner, and Dr. John J. Connolly

This year’s Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, a pioneer in the field of cardiovascular surgery. Dr. DeBakey’s accomplishments include his pioneering work in cardiovascular surgery, creation of the roller pump as well as the Dacron and Dacron-velour artificial arteries, developing the Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals concepts for the military, and serving as an advisor for the President of the United States. He has contributed hundreds of medical articles and books on various aspects of medicine, medical research, medical education, and surgery and is the co-author of the best selling book, The Living Heart.

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, daughter of the late Rita Hayworth and founder of the Rita Hayworth Galas, was presented with this year’s National Health Leadership Award for her 25 years of work for finding a cure for Alzheimer’s. Princess Aga Khan established the Gala in memory of her mother, who suffered from the disease for many years before her death. Princess Aga Khan is President of the Alzheimer’s Disease International and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association. She is the General Chairman of the Rita Hayworth Galas, which are held annually in New York and Chicago. Since their inception in 1984, Princess Aga Khan has helped raise over $38 million for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Drs. Bart Barlogie, Marilyn J. Bull, and Michael J. Zinner each received an award for Clinical Excellence. Dr. Bart Barlogie is the Director of the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy at the Arkansas Cancer Research Center. Dr. Marilyn J. Bull is the Morris Green Professor at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Director of the Automotive Safety Program at Riley Hospital, and President of the Indiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Michael J. Zinner is the Surgeon-in-Chief at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and serves as the Moseley Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is the nation’s most authoritative source for identifying top doctors throughout the United States. Founded in 1991 by John K. Castle, (Chairman) and John J. Connolly, Ed.D. (President and CEO), who served as board chairman and president and CEO of New York Medical College respectively, its mission is to help consumers find the best healthcare. They achieve that mission through their consumer books – such as America’s Top Doctors – their web site and various consumer and business-oriented print and online partnerships. Castle Connolly’s valuable top doctors information can also be found online at its website, www.castleconnolly.com and on other affiliated websites.

Kathy Barlogie and Dr. Bart Barlogie

Dr. Art Benvenuto and Anne Akers
Dr. John J. Connolly and Ingrid Connolly

Dr. Max Gomez

John K. Castle, Dr. Bart Barlogie, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Dr. Marilyn J. Bull, Dr. Michael J. Zinner, and Dr. John J. Connolly

John K. Castle, Dr. Marilyn J. Bull, and Dr. John J. Connolly

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan
Wendy Lewis and Diane Romo

John K. Castle, Dr. Bart Barlogie, and Dr. John J. Connolly

Dr. John J. Connolly and Dr. Sherrill Aston

The 8th annual Careers through Culinary Arts Program’s (C-CAP) A Preview of Spring Dining tasting event raised $590,000 for the charitable organization that provides food-service career opportunities for underserved youth. C-CAP manages the largest independent culinary scholarship program in the United States, awarding over $2,000,000 annually.

The event was held at PIER SIXTY at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan on Wednesday, March 1. Nearly 40 of New York City’s top-rated restaurants presented savories and sweets from the Chefs’ new spring menus to more than 700 guests. The dishes ranged from Kobe Beef Shortribs, Oyster Pearls, and Arctic Char Tataki to Raspberry-Lychee Parfait, Mango Tatin en “Gelee”, and Valrhona Chocolate Bouchon. The Benefit featured celebrity chefs from restaurants including Alain Ducasse at the Essex House, BLT Prime, Daniel, Felidia, Le Bernardin, Nobu, Union Square Cafe, and wd-50.

The event was coordinated by Harriette Rose Katz Events/Gourmet Advisory Services.  Founder and President, Harriette Rose Katz served for 16 years as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs, one of the world's most prestigious food and wine organizations.  She has received their Gold Star of Excellence. In addition, she is a member of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, The Wine and Food Society of New York, and is a fellow of the Culinary Institute of America.

Al Roker of NBC’s The Today Show was the Master of Ceremonies. New York City’s favorite Swedish chef Marcus Samuelsson of Aquavit and Riingo restaurants served as Chef Committee Chair. The event was chaired by Mr.Kenneth Himmel, President and CEO of Related Urban Development. Susanand Richard Grausman and Debi and Rick Smilow served as Vice Chairs.

Thomas Keller was honored for his creativity and standards for excellence and for sharing C-CAP’s mission to nurture and train the next generation of culinary professionals.

The event showcased the talent of two C-CAP Graduate Chefs--Amar Santana, Sous Chef at Aureole and Alfred Stephens, Corporate Pastry Chef at Olives. More than 50 New York City high school students and C-CAP Graduates assisted the chefs at the event.

This year’s platinum sponsors were The Grausman Family, Related UrbanDevelopment, and Zabar’s & Co.

Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), established in 1990 by Richard Grausman, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to providing inner-city high school students with training, scholarships, and jobs in the restaurant and food service industry. All proceeds from A Previewof Spring Dining tasting event and auctions support C-CAP’s programs and services.

Zabar’s Stanley Zabar, Aquavit/Riingo’s Marcus Samuelsson, C-CAP President and Founder Richard Grausman, Zagat Survey’s Tim Zagat, NBC-TV Today Show’s Al Roker, Gourmet Advisory Services President Harriet Rose Katz, per se and The French Laundry’s Thomas Keller, Zagat Survey’s Nina Zagat, Union Square Hospitality Group’s Danny Meyer, and Bon Appetit’s Editor-In-Chief Barbara Fairchild

Kenneth Himmel

Michael Tong of Shun Lee Palace and Richard and Susan Grausman

Thomas Keller and Jane Hanson

Harriet Rose Katz and The Sea Grill’s Ed Brown

Fauchon’s Florian Bellanger, Myriad Group’s Drew Nieporent, Payard Bisto’s Philippe Bertineau, and Richard Grausman

Peter Boyle, Richard Grausman, and Al Roker

Beacon’s Waldy Malouf and Michael Lomonaco

Union Square Cafe’s Michael Romano and Drew Nieporent

Aquavit/Riingo’s Marcus Samuelsson, Richard Grausman, Tony Duke, and Stanley Zabar

George and Jenifer Lang of Café des Artistes

Donald and Barbara Tober

Participating chefs and menu items included:

Abigail Kirsch PIER SIXTY--Alison Awerbuch         

Urban Barbecue Sandwich Station - Barbecued Kobe Beef Shortrib Sandwich and Pork Belly "BLT" Truffled Potato Chip, Grilled Miniature Corn Cobettes

Alain Ducasse at the Essex House--Sandro Micheli

Gianduja 'Sablé', Chocolate, Orange Granité, Marmelade Sauce

Aquavit--Nils Noren   

Smoked Yellow Tomato Soup, Goat Cheese and Shrimp  

Atelier--Eric Hubert  

Classic American Desserts with a French Twist

Aureole--Amar Santana

Leg of Lamb Confit with Minted Pea Puree and Preserved Citrus   

Beacon--Waldy Malouf  

Rack of Lamb with Black Olives and Lemon  

BLT Prime--Laurent Tourondel          

Tuna Tartare, Avocado, Crispy Shallots

Blue Fin--Paul Sale

Tea Salt Charred Big Eye Tuna, Jicama Salad, Blood Orange Vinaigrette

Blue Hill--Dan Barber and Juan Cuevas 

Stone Barns Salad

Bouchon Bakery--Thomas Keller    

Valrhona Chocolate Bouchon

Bouley--David Bouley

Shrimp, Mango and Artichoke Terrine with Celery Root and Passion Fruit Dressing 

Compass--John Fraser

Smoked Trout wrapped in Chive Crepes with House Made Trout Caviar

Craft--Karen DeMasco

Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut with Coffee Ice Cream and Hot Fudge

Daniel--Daniel Boulud and Olivier Muller   

Farm raised Suckling Pig Confit with Wild Mushrooms and Pickled Ramps

Fauchon--Florian Bellanger

Mango Tatin en "Gelee", Curry-Mango Sorbet  

Felidia--Fortunato Nicotra 

Stracciatella di burrata with American Sturgeon Caviar and Asparagus           

Fiamma Osteria--Michael White

Duck Involtini di Anitra

Fifty Seven--Brooke Vosika

Chilled Crab Gazpacho with Avocado and American Caviar            

Fleur de Sel--Cyril Renaud

Wild Smoked Salmon with Mango                            

Landmarc--Marc Murphy and Frank Proto

Smoked Tuna Salad on Chick Pea Pancakes

Le Bernardin--Michael Laiskonis

Raspberry-Lychee Parfait with Rose Macaron

The Modern--Gabriel Kreuther

Braised Beef Cheeks with Parsnip Puree and Chicory Sauce 

Nobu 57--Matt Hoyle

Arctic Char Tataki - Spicy Cilantro Sauce

Olives--Alfred Stephens
Black Cherry Ice Cream Float

Patroon--Craig Attwood

Spiced Crab Salad with English Pea Puree and Pea Shoots

Payard Bistro--Philippe Bertineau

Homemade Citrus Salmon Gravlax and Pea Puree in a Phyllo Cup

per se--
Thomas Keller

“Cornet” of Marinated Atlantic Salmon “Tartare” with Red Onion “Crème Fraîche”

Riingo--Johan Svensson          

Seared Tuna Salad with Black Edamame Brulée

Sarabeth's--Sarabeth Levine

Banana Cream Pie                                 The Sea Grill--Ed Brown

Confit of Wild Salmon Soy Bean Puree with Poached Quail Egg on Herb Salad

Shun Lee Palace--Michael Tong and David Lam

Peking Duck

Tabla--Floyd Cardoz

Curry Leaf Marinated Flank Steak, Salad of Smoked Fingerling Potatoes, Watercress and Pickled Garlic Vinaigrette

Telepan--Bill Telepan

Yellow Tail Tabouleh

Tocqueville Restaurant--Marco A. Moreira and George Mendes

Billi Bi Soup - Saffron, White Wine and Mussels

Town--John Johnson

Minute-cured Maine Shrimp, Spiced Cucumber Noodles, Green Tea and Lime Salts

Union Square Cafe--Carmen Quagliata

Seared Foie Gras Gnudi

wd~50--Wylie Dufresne          

Oyster "Pearls", Pickled Cucumber, Borage

Wines were provided by The Charmer Sunbelt Group.


Photographs by ©Patrick McMullan (Literacy Partners)


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