|This past Saturday night more than 400 friends and supporters gathered at the stunning Southampton home of Kelly Behun and Jay Sugarman for a wonderful evening of fun, food and cocktails at the 14th Annual Midsummer Night Drinks benefiting God's Love We Deliver. This signature event supports one of New York City's most beloved charities, the only organization of its kind that cooks and home delivers nutritious meals to clients living with severe illnesses, their children and senior caregivers.
Guests included Kelly Behun & Jay Sugarman, Jon & Rebecca Bond, Mark Brashear, Scott Bruckner, Natasha Esch & Matt Coffin, Jon Gilman & Brad Learmonth, Gregory de la Haba, Adrian Kahan & Robert Leibowitz, David Kleinberg, Gerald Madigan & Richard Pipia, Fern Mallis, Wendi Murdoch, Esther Newberg, Richard & Jane Novick, Nathan Orsman & Jose Castro, T.R. Pescod, Jeff Pfeifle & David Granville, Alan Rogers, Margaret Russell, Elie Tahari, Dax & Rielly Vlassis, Stephanie Whittier and Sheridan Wright.
|Delicious butlered hors d'oeuvres such as fava bean crostini, mini chicken tacos and steak frites were catered by Canard, Inc. along with a variety of one-bite seafood dishes and barbeque dishes. Finally, guests enjoyed delicious mini desserts such as s'mores and mini lemon ice cream cones. Guests enjoyed music compiled and spun by DJ Karin Ward.
Gregory de la Haba donated a sculpture to the event's silent auction.
Guests left the beautiful evening with home-made brownies and butterscotch cookies, baked with love by Chuck the Baker, who has been the baker for God's Love for more than 20 years.
|God's Love is the New York metropolitan area's leading provider of life-sustaining meals and nutrition counseling for people living with severe illnesses. All of the agency's services are provided free of charge, and in its history of more than 29 years, God's Love We Deliver has never had a waiting list. Because the demand for services of God's Love is up 76% over the last seven years, this year's Midsummer Night Drinks was more important than ever.|
|On June 9th, legendary chefs gathered for a sumptuous seasonal tasting at “Summer by the Sea: The 29th Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals-on-Wheels. Presenting their interpretation of coastal and summer fare at tasting stations throughout the Rockefeller Center Plaza, nearly fifty chefs once again united for this highly anticipated culinary event. The event raised $820,000 to support the preparation and delivery of nutritious meals, hand-delivered to homebound elderly New Yorkers.
Rockefeller Center was transformed into a seaside getaway by renowned architect and Citymeals Board Member David Rockwell. More than 1,100 business leaders, gourmet enthusiasts, food industry trendsetters, socialites, young professionals, chefs and restaurateurs enjoyed live music, dancing and spectacular cuisine.
|Nick Valenti, CEO of Patina Restaurant Group, was the evening’s Grand Host. The event was chaired by Ninah & Michael Lynne; Laura & John Pomerantz; Randi & Dennis Riese; and Lizzie & Jonathan Tisch. With the help of Beverage Chairs Audrey Saunders (Owner, The Pegu Club) and Daniel Johnnes (Wine Director, Daniel Boulud’s Dinex Group), the event also featured signature cocktails from top spirit sponsors and stellar wines from notable wineries.
Official sponsors of Citymeals-on-Wheels are American Airlines and FIJI Water. Major sponsors included Patina Restaurant Group, The M.O. & M.E. Hoffman Foundation, and The Riese Organization. Other sponsors included ARC, Bedell Cellars, Belvedere Vodka, Bernardaud, Citadelle Gin, Courvoisier Cognac, Duane Reade Charitable Foundation, Lexus, Loews Regency, Luxury Worldwide Transportation, NBC 4 New York, Rockwell Group, Saks Fifth Avenue, Specialty Food Association, Travelers, UNIMAC Graphics, Wild Turkey® Bourbon, and Zacapa Rum.
|Participating chefs included:
|Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern (New York, NY)
Jarett Appell, Stella 34 Trattoria (New York, NY)
Eric Basulto, Brasserie (New York, NY)
Jonathan Benno & Richard Capizzi, Lincoln Ristorante (New York, NY)
Matteo Bergamini, SD26 Restaurant & WineBar (New York, NY)
Daniel Boulud & Travis Swikard, Boulud Sud (New York, NY)
Justin Cogley, Aubergine the Restaurant at L’Auberge Carmel (Carmel, CA)
Leah Cohen, Pig & Khao (New York, NY)
Scott Conant, Scarpetta (New York, NY)
Franck Deletrain, Brasserie 8 ½ (New York, NY)
Richard Diamonte, The Grand Tier (New York, NY)
Matthew Dillon, Sitka & Spruce, Bar Sajor, The Corson Building, The London Plane (Seattle, WA)
Jose Enrique, Jose Enrique, Miel, El Blok (Puerto Rico)
Bobby Flay, Gato (New York, NY)
Larry Forgione, The Conservatory for American Food Studies (CIA Greystone Campus, St. Helena, CA)
Marc Forgione, American Cut, Khe-Yo, Restaurant Marc Forgione (New York, NY)
Jason Fox, Commonwealth (San Francisco, CA)
Clark Frasier & Mark Gaier, MC Perkins Cove, M.C. Spiedo (Ogunquit, ME, Boston, MA)
Yuhi Fujinaga & Michael Gabriel, The Sea Grill (New York, NY)
Luke Holden & Ben Conniff, Luke's Lobster (New York, NY, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, PA)
|Stephanie Izard, Girl & the Goat, Little Goat (Chicago, IL)
Matthew Jennings, Townsman (Boston, MA)
Elizabeth Karmel, Hill Country Barbecue Market (New York, NY)
Craig Koketsu, General Assembly Restaurant & Bar (New York, NY)
Nobu Matsuhisa, Nobu New York (New York, NY)
Laurie Jon Moran, Le Bernardin (New York, NY)
Charlie Palmer & Marcus Gleadow-Ware, Aureole (New York, NY)
François Payard, FP Patisserie, FPB, Payard Patisserie & Bistro (New York, NY, Las Vegas, NV)
Alfred Portale, Gotham Bar and Grill (New York, NY)
Antonio Prontelli, Rock Center Café (New York, NY)
Alex Reyes, Cafe SFA at Saks Fifth Avenue (New York, NY)
Ted Rozzi, Café Centro (New York, NY)
Dan Silverman, The Regency Bar & Grill at Loews Regency Hotel (New York, NY)
Joachim Splichal, Patina Restaurant (Los Angeles, CA)
Ari Taymor, Alma (Los Angeles, CA)
Bill Telepan, Telepan & Telepan Local (New York, NY)
Silvana Vivoli, Vivoli Il Gelato (Florence, Italy)
Michael Voltaggio, ink. (Los Angeles, CA)
Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jean-Georges (New York, NY)
Jonathan Waxman, Barbuto (New York, NY)
Jennifer Yee & Damon Wise, Lafayette Grand Café & Bakery (New York, NY)
Sang Yoon, Lukshon, Father’s Office (Los Angeles, CA)
|Citymeals-on-Wheels prepares and delivers weekend, holiday and emergency meals for 18,000 homebound elderly New Yorkers. More than 60 percent of Citymeals recipients are over 80 years old; 23 percent are over 90; dozens have lived at least a century. All recipients are chronically disabled by conditions such as vision loss, diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. Nearly all need assistance walking. It is estimated that 66 percent use a cane, 39 percent use a walker and 16 percent use a wheelchair. Citymeals recipients are also isolated: 73 percent live alone; 40 percent rarely or never leave their homes; 8 percent have no one with whom they can talk. Many are also at risk for malnutrition.|
|Also this past Saturday, on the longest day of the year, Group for the East End held its "HERE COMES THE SUN" benefit, a locavore foodie paradise with small plates by North Fork Chef Noah Schwartz and a farm-to-table meal by South Fork Chef Todd Jacobs of Fresh Hamptons, award-winning wines from Wölffer Estate Vineyard, and cocktails featuring favorite local spirits.
After dinner and a live auction including a Bahamian golf and beach trip for four at the picturesque Baker's Bay Golf & Ocean Club in the Abaco Islands, guests danced the night away to celebrate the start of summer.
All proceeds from "Here Comes the Sun" benefit Group for the East End's vital conservation work on Long Island.
|Summer was in full swing last Wednesday night at the Doubles Summer in St. Tropez Junior Party. Guys happily wore their Vilebrequin bathing suits with blazers and the girls dressed St. Tropez and summer chic.
As the 170 people mixed, mingled, and descended upon the buffet to enjoy their favorite Black Angus Sliders, Lobster Croquettes, Grilled Poussin, and Artichoke Gratin — Cutty McGill snapped away and tried to capture them all including Tatiana and Thorne Perkin, Alexandra Papanicolaou, Michael Gilbane, Georgina Schaeffer, Amelia Osborne, Alex Hovananian, Russell Grant, Charlotte Hansen, Sarah Hanson, Donna Simonelli, Michael Lorber, Hattie Gruber, Bradley Elkman, Kevin Coleman, Alexandra Segalis, Toni Pryor, Keith Connor, Adam Brenner, Julia Laumont, Steven Marangos, Stephen Nightengale, Duncan Davis, Arjun Pai, Kara Gerson, Hunter Van Kirk, and many, many more.
|Photographs by PatrickMcMullan.com (God's Love); Cutty McGill (Doubles); Lisa Tamburini (Group for the East End)|