|Last Sunday night at Restaurant Daniel, Citymeals-on-Wheels Board of Directors Co-President Chef Daniel Boulud continued his long-time support of Citymeals-on-Wheels with his annual Sunday Dinner. This year’s theme was “Burgundy, Black Truffles and Blue Jeans.”
Citymeals prepares and delivers more than 2 million weekend, holiday and emergency meals to 18,000 homebound elderly New Yorkers. Chef Boulud was joined in the kitchen by Chef Régis Marcon, a 1995 winner of the world-renowned Bocuse d’Or culinary competition and co-owner of Hôtel et Restaurant Régis et Jacques Marcon. The three Michelin-starred Chef Marcon is also the current president of Bocuse d’Or France.
|160 guests were served a splendid late winter menu celebrating black truffles. The dinner was paired with fine red and white Burgundy vintages chosen by Head Sommelier at DANIEL Raj Vaidya.
Among those attending were: Chef Cesare Casella, Gael Greene, Robert S. Grimes, Suri Kasirer, Philippe Laffont, Deborah Roberts and Al Roker, Ernie Thrasher, and Lillian Vernon and Paolo Martino.
|Robert S. Grimes was event chair and Nicholas Lowry of Swann Auction Galleries served as this year’s auctioneer. Official sponsors of the dinner were American Airlines and FIJI Water. Thanks to Citymeals’ board members, the City of New York and certain designated grants and sponsorships for administrative expenses, Citymeals is able to promise that 100% of all other donations are entirely for the preparation and delivery of meals.|
|Also this past Monday night, the Women's Project Theater, the nation's oldest and largest company dedicated to producing and promoting plays written and directed by women, held its 2014 Women of Achievement Awards Gala at the Mandarin Oriental. This year's honorees were Sharon Bush, Arianna Huffington, and Joan Vail Thorne. Special guests were Ashley Bush, Veanne Cox, Desiree Gruber, Morgan James, Pamela Morgan, Joel Perez, David Hyde Pierce and Doug Wamble. There was also a special musical tribute to Dorothy Fields, the great Broadway lyricist and librettist. Now in its 36th year, Women's Project Theater has produced more than 600 main stage productions and developmental projects, and published 11 anthologies of plays by women.|
|Last Wednesday night, the Writing Center at Hunter College, under the direction of Lewis Frumkes, celebrated its 4th anniversary at Hunter with a cocktail reception and dinner at Doubles, the private club in the Sherry-Netherland.|
|This past Monday night at Sotheby’s, Guild Hall of East Hampton hosted its 29th annual Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Awards. Honorees were Barbara Walters, Philippe de Montebello, Blythe Danner, Jo Carole and Ronald Lauder, and Alan Alda. Alec Baldwin was the evening’s emcee.
Guild Hall is the prestigious cultural center created in 1931. Its focus was to inform, inspire, and enrich its diverse audience by presenting programs by artists or having to do with the arts. It was a tiny community in those days, mainly rural with a summer community (who didn’t return on the weekends year round). But it was a rich artist’s community made up of men and women, many of whom are now in the pantheon of 20th century American art. Over the decades the organization grew and prospered into the prestigious cultural center that it is today. Today Guild Hall’s activities (including the John Drew Theater) attract more than 40,000 visitors annually.
The Academy which convened at Monday night’s dinner recognizes both year-round and summer members of the community who have shown merit in the visual, performing and literary arts. To learn more about Guild Hall visit www.guildhall.org
|Monday night at Jazz at Lincoln Center in the Frederick P. Rose Hall, the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 hosted its annual Order of the Golden Sphinx Gala, honoring film producer David Heyman.|
|Photographs by Patrick McMullan; Cutty McGill (Writing Center).|