Last Month, Citymeals-on-Wheels raised more than $1 million when Tutto Italia, this year’s Annual Chefs’ Tribute in Rockefeller Center, honored Nick Valenti, CEO of Restaurant Associates and the event’s Grand Host. 40 world-renowned chefs—many flown in from Italy—brought to life the sights, sounds, tastes and aromas of an Italian feast for the benefit of Citymeals,a non-profit organization that provides home-delivered, nutritious meals to frail, homebound seniors in New York City.
More than 1,200 of New York’s business leaders, social and cultural trendsetters and gourmets mingled with the world’s leading Italian and American chefs – and sampled their creations – during this movable feast straight out of the Mediterranean. With cuisines from Modena in the north to Naples in the south, Tutto Italia embraced a full range of Italian cuisine, from creamy risotto and homemade sausage to spicy salami and sweet gelato. After an evening of treats, sweets, vino, and signature cocktails, guests enjoyed the ultimate in sightseeing: the night’s sky, as they danced under the stars until midnight to the sounds of a lively band and strolling musicians which added another savory dash of Italian zest to the festivities.
Among the chefs who created culinary magic at the 21st Annual Chefs’ Tribute were Paul Bartolotta, Bartolotta, Ristorante di Mare, Las Vegas, Mario Batali, Babbo, NY and B & B, Las Vegas, Chris Bianco, Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix, Massimo Bottura, Osteria Francescana, Modena, Luca Brasi, La Lucanda, Osio Sotto (Bergamo), Ed Brown, The Sea Grill, NY, Andrew Carmellini, A Voce, NY, Cesare Casella, Maremma, NY, Tom Colicchio, Craftsteak, NY, Antonello Colonna, Ristorante Antonello Colonna, Labico (Roma), Franck Deletrain, Café Centro, NY, Roberto Donna, Galileo da Roberto Donna, Washington, DC,Todd English, English is Italian (NYC), Gennaro Esposito, La Torre del Saracino, Vico Equense (Napoli), Odette Fada, San Domenico, NY, Larry Forgione, An American Place, NY / St. Louis, Richard Leach, Park Avenue Café, New York, The Maccioni Family with Patrick Nuti, Osteria del Circo, NY / Las Vegas, Umberto Montano, Alle Murate, Firenze, Charlie Palmer and Dante Boccuzzi, Aureole, NY, Roberto Petza, S'Apposentu, Cagliari (Sardinia), Alfred Portale, Gotham Bar & Grill, NY, Antonio Prontelli, Rock Center Café, NY, Seppi Renggli, Restaurant Associates, NY, Davide Scabin, Combal.Zero, Rivoli (Torino), Theo Schoenegger, Patina Restaurant, Los Angeles, Piero Selvaggio with Angelo Auriana, Valentino, Santa Monica and Luciano Pellegrini, Valentino, Las Vegas, Joachim Splichal, The Patina Group, Los Angeles, Ciccio Sultano, Ristorante Duomo, Ragusa, Mauro Uliassi, Uliassi, Cucina di Mare, Senigallia (Ancona), Tom Valenti, Ouest, NY, Marc Vetri, Vetri, Philadelphia,l Jonathan Waxman, Barbuto, NY, Michael White, Fiamma Osteria, NY Marco Wiles, Da Marco and Dolce Vita Pizzeria Enoteca, Houston.
“Tonight we raise our glasses in a toast of ‘salute’ to Nick Valenti who brought together some of the world’s finest Italian chefs and whose extraordinary generosity and dedication made this event possible”, said Marcia Stein, executive director of Citymeals-on-Wheels. “Every dollar we raised from ticket sales at Tutto Italia will help Citymeals-on-Wheels provide more than 200,000, nutritious, hand-delivered meals for needy homebound elderly New Yorkers throughout the coming months.”
Famed architect and set designer David Rockwell and his team designed the gardens, rink and esplanades of Rockefeller Center for the event. With sweeping tents, booths and signage, Rockwell transformed the setting into an Italian street festival, the perfect backdrop for this culinary journey through Italy. Tutto Italia was chaired by Susie and Kevin Davis, Ninah and Michael Lynne, and Laura and John Pomerantz. Audrey Saunders of the Pegu Club was the event’s beverage chair. Rockefeller Center was the night’s host, courtesy of Restaurant Associates & Tishman Speyer.
Man Group was the Grand Sponsor and Gourmet magazine is the Media Sponsor for Tutto Italia. Additional sponsors included MasterCard, Michelin, M.O. & M.E. Hoffman Foundation, New Line Cinema, Riese Restaurants, UBS, bpi, Party Rental, Ltd., Rockwell Group and TanaSeybert. American Airlines is the official airline of Citymeals-on-Wheels and FIJI Water is the official water of Citymeals-on-Wheels.
Over the course of the year, Citymeals will underwrite 2.3 million meals to nearly 17,000 seniors in New York City. One hundred percent of donations from the public to Citymealsgoes toward hand-delivered meals for homebound seniors. For more information, visit www.citymeals.org.
John and Laura Pomerantz with Susie and Kevin Davis
Marcia Stein and honoree Nick Valenti
Chef Mario Batali and guest
Nick Valenti, Drew Nieporent, and Bob Grimes with a friend
Marcia Stein and Gael Greene
Barbara and Donald Tober
Clockwise from top left: Honoree Nick Valenti with his family; A glimpse at the atmosphere and crowd at “Tutto Italia”; A dish by chefs Charlie Palmer and Dante Bocuzzi; A dish by Chef Seppi Renggli.
Chef Andrew Carmellini and his team
Chef Larry Forgione
Chantal Shapolsky, Kimberly Smith, Jill Spaulding, and Joe Cohen
Giorgio Selvaggio, Luciano Pellegrini, Chris Bianco, and Roberto Donna
L. to r.: Michael Lynne, Sandy Lindenbaum, Freida and Roy Furman, and Linda Lindenbaum;
Chantal Shapolsky, Joyce Brown, and Laura and John Pomerantz
Chefs Jonathan Waxman and Piero Selvaggio
Saturday night Tatiana and Campion Platt hosted a party to celebrate the upcoming marriage of Pamela Taylor and Eames Yates. Mr. Yates is a film director/ cinematographer and producer whose “Crank: Made In America” (2003) was a New York Times Critic’s Pick. Yates and Taylor are a popular couple around New York.
Chris Dewey and Sabine Anton
Eames Yates, Christian Wolffer, and James Pine
L. to r.: Pamela Taylor, Alison Brown, and Tatiana Platt; Chris Brown, Nancy Shaffer, Mimi Halsey, and Terry Halsey.
Campion and Tatiana Platt
Kim Taipale, Palmer Taipale, and Nicole Miller
Eames Yates and Pamela Taylor
Karen French and Rosalind Griffin
Neil Rasmus and Kristin Volz
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They raised nearly $1.5 million at The Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation’s 14th Annual Golf Invitational at Century Country Club in Purchase, New York. Four golf courses were needed to accommodate the more than 270 golfers and 68 pros. Then, after a day of golf, there was a dinner and live auction conducted by Gary Schuler of Sotheby’s.
WNBC-TV’s Senior health and Science Correspondent Max Gomez was honored and Father Tom Hartman of “The God Squad” was the Keynote speaker.
There is no cure known for either Dystonia or Parkinson’s disease which are both movement disorders. If you’d ever personally experienced even so much as seeing what it does to a loved as well as the lives of those around him or her, you’d wish to god they could find a cure for it instantly. There is no doubt they will one day, but each day is precious and painful. The Bachmann-Strauss Foundation raises money to support scientific research to find better treatments and cures for these movement disorders. Since 1995 the Foundation has raised over $17 million and funded 146 cutting edge research projects. But that’s not enough, not nearly enough.
For more information visit The Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation website www.dystonia-parkinsons.org or call 212-241-5614.
Bruce Prager, Abby Ruttenberg, Bonnie Strauss, and Mitchell Mertz
Arthur Rosen, Mark Standish, and Tom Strauss
Victoria Sharp, Dr. Michele Tagliati, and Michael Sharp
Andrew Klein, Susie Klein, and Bobby Klein
Michael Sharp, Dr. Ron Alterman, and Victoria Sharp
Pam Pantzer, Nancy Druckman, and Peggy Danziger
Ann and Tom Johnson
Gregg Spielberg, Dr. Laurie Edelman, and Dr. Max Gomez
Dr. Ron Alterman, Michael Sharp, and Dr. Michele Tagliati
Dr. Ted Dawson, Jon Rotenstreich, Helen Miller, and Dr. Valina Dawson
Nancy Rackoff, Melissa Brause, and Peter Rackoff
Danny Offit, Steven Levitan, Morris Offit, and John Levine
Dr. Max Gomez, Bonnie Strauss, and Father Tom Hartman
Susie Levine and Bill Rackoff
Amy Leeds, Tom Levine, Jeanie Loeb, and Andy Strauss
Dr. Ken Davis, Dr. Ron Alterman, Dr. Susan Bressman, Dr. Max Gomez, and Dr. Michele Tagliati