|Last Thursday, October 8th, at the Four Seasons restaurant, there was a publication party for “Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York.” The party was hosted by principal photographer of the book, Larry Lederman and his wife Kitty Hawks – and co-hosted by the NY School of Interior Design, with the co-authors of the book, Judith Gura and Kate Wood.|
|Among those attending were Donald Albrecht, Kent Barwick, Laurie Beckleman, Mario Buatta, Carol and Philippe Delouvrier, Mark Gilbertson, Hugh Hardy, John Rosselli, Barbara Tober, Newell Turner, Bunny Williams.
There is a special exhibit of Larry’s photographs of Interior Landmarks in the downstairs galley lobby of the restaurant.
|Last Wednesday night, October 7th City Harvest supporters raised nearly $1.5 million at the 21st annual Bid Against Hunger at Pier 36. This amount was the most the event has ever raised, and enough to rescue more than 5.7 million pounds of food for hungry New Yorkers. More than ninety of the city’s top chefs, restaurants, and mixologists participated in the tasting event. The evening was hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian and attracted more than 900 guests.
|Bid Against Hunger was made possible thanks to Groupon, Voya, Watermill Trading, and the Wilf Family Foundation. Additional sponsors included Citi, Empire Merchants, the Institute of Culinary Education, I. Halper, Mandarin Oriental, smartwater®, Velocity, Virgin America, Dentons, Stella Artois, Edible Manhattan, Nobletree, Special Food Association, and Taylor Creative, Inc.|
|City Harvest pioneered food rescue in 1982. This year they will collect 55 million pounds of excess food to help feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers struggling to put meals on their tables.
Through relationships with farms, restaurants, grocers, and manufacturers, City Harvest collects nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste and delivers it free of charge to 500 soup kitchens, food pantries and other community food programs across the five boroughs. City Harvest takes a long-term approach to hunger relief through its Healthy Neighborhoods initiative. In communities with elevated rates of food insecurity, poverty and diet-related illnesses, City Harvest has developed programs and partnerships to increase the availability of affordable, fresh produce and inspire healthy, budget-conscious meal choices through nutrition education. To learn more about food rescue, hunger relief and Healthy Neighborhoods in New York City, visit cityharvest.org.
|Also, last Wednesday night, The East Harlem School hosted their annual fall dinner and honored the van Wyck family – Bronson and Mimi and Mary Lynn and Bronson van Wyck Sr. – for their remarkable commitment to the school for the past 14 years. The event, which was emceed by 8th graders of EHS and raised critical funds for the school, featured live performances by Jimmy Vali Orchestra, singer Kimberly Nichole and the East Harlem School Chorus.
The East Harlem School is an independent middle school that provides low-income students in grades 4-8 with a rigorous and intensive academic, arts, athletic curriculum framed by the core virtues of awareness, compassion, and joy. By providing its students with an elite education, EHS alters the life trajectory of its students and their families.
|Ninety-five percent of EHS students graduate from high school, compared to 64% of the students from New York City public schools. Eighty-eight percent of the EHS students go on to college. And 79% of EHS students will be the first in their families to attend a four year college. The East Harlem School spends $16,598 per year per student while NYC public schools spend $20,266 per student per year.
Bronson and his family have been involved with the School since he first volunteered on campus in 2001. Since then, from working with 8th graders to prepare them for high school, to forging critical connections that have expanded the school’s reach in the community, the van Wycks have done for EHS that they do for everything they touch: made things more caring, more personal, more beautiful and more perfect.
|Among those on the committee for this event were: Veronica and Anson Beard, Veronica and Jamie Beard, Debra and Anson Beard, Dede and Mike Brooks, Robby Browne, Tim Chow, Stephanie and Chase Coleman, Celerie Kemble and Boykin Curry, Emily and Harold Ford, Jr., Margo and Dan Good, Amy and John Griffin, Sasha and Chris Heinz, Erin and Mike Bingle, Brian Babst, Meredith Melling and Zach Iscol, Lela Rose and Brandon Jones, Rebecca and Colin McCabe, Scott McCormack, Alessandra and Jon Neidich, Fernanda Niven, the Doctrs Ogden, Mario Palumbo, Victoria and Jon Patricof, Hailey and Steve Prince, Debra and Jerry Shriver, Carter and Tabott Simonds, Laurie Tisch.|
|On Sunday evening, September 20, a capacity crowd at midtown’s chic and spacious Oceana restaurant embarked on a magical culinary and musical tour, courtesy of Making Musical Waves, Copland House’s annual sold-out gala. Amidst the splendor of the elegant main dining room, celebrated Ben Pollinger took the helm for a specially-devised 4-course regional and gastronomic tour that featured characteristic preparations of seafood from New England, New Orleans, the West Coast, and South America, and concluded with a typical French dessert, a tip of the chapeau to iconic American composer Aaron Copland’s lifelong love of France and the transformative time he spent there as an aspiring young artist. The internationally-acclaimed Music from Copland House ensemble “served” musical pairings with those epicurean ports-of-call, in exhilarating compositions by Charles Edward Ives, Astor Piazzolla, Mark O'Connor, and Claude Debussy.|
|The memorable evening celebrated Copland House's 17 years of fervent support of composers and thrilling concert experiences, musical discoveries, commissions, revivals, and educational adventures. For 10 of those years, these annual galas have linked renowned chefs (in their restaurants) with America’s leading composers and performers, to support Copland House’s award-winning nationwide programs.
Guests included Gala Co-Chairs Susan Geffen and Ann Scheuer, art lecturer and author Rosamond Bernier, Paul Singer and Terry Kassel, Hannah and Walter Shmerler, Dr. Ezriel Kornel and Lisa Schultz, Carol and Robert Morris, Marian Hamilton, Matthew Levey, Rita Z. Mehos, Drs. Lopa and Mantu Gupta, Caron and Geoffrey Johnson, Anthony Maddalena, Catherine and Drew Marcus, Elyse and Lawrence Faltz, and Ruth and David Schwab II, along with musical luminaries Jamie Bernstein (daughter of legendary composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein), Mark Egan, Dave Taylor, and the evening’s featured performers Tim Fain, Aliexis Pia Gerlach, and Copland House’s Artistic and Executive Director Michael Boriskin. A silent auction featured included one-of-a-kind jewelry, cruises and walking tours, and various educational sponsorship opportunities.
Smoked Bluefish Mackerel Toasts
Maine Lobster Terrine
Buckwheat Blini with Crème Fraiche
Black Sea Bass Ceviche
Roasted Corn, Lime and Nasturtiums
Sauvignon Blanc, Tarrica Wine Cellars 2014, Central Coast, Ca
Clam Jus, Clams, Fingerling Potatoes, Mustard Greens
Chardonnay, Deep Sea 2013 Santa Barbara, California
New Orleans Shrimp
Andouille Sausage, "Dirty Rice" Shrimp Jus
Callabriga, 2011, Douro, Portugal
Plum, Gingered Almond Crumble
Lustau, Moscatel “Emilin”
|Guests and supporters gathered at the apartment of Dr. William Haseltine and Maria Eugenia Maury for a planning party of the upcoming annual "My Hero Gala," which will be held on November 4th at the Cipriani Broadway and benefits the medicine-delivery charity “Aid for AIDS.“
Board members of the non-profit attended included Dr. Haseltine, who is known for his work on HIV/AIDS meds and the human genome; his wife, and president of Aid for AIDS, Maria Eugenia Maury, as well as David Roth, Donald Dye, Laura Pilson, Kelly Rutherford, Paula Schugart, President of the Miss Universe Organization. Aid for AIDS and the Miss Universe Titleholders have a long-standing alliance, which looks to continue this year with Miss Universe’s new owners WME-IMG.
|Aid for AIDS Executive Director, Jesus Aguais recounted the founding of this group nearly 20-years ago which sends 1st world AIDS medication to developing nations in the southern hemisphere.
The “Hero” for this year’s gala will be legendary AIDS-fighter Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Fauci has made significant contributions to the understanding of HIV's effect on the body. He has been something of a lightning rod for his bold inactivates for effective strategies for the therapy of patients living with HIV/AIDS, as well as a vaccine to prevent HIV infection.
|Photographs by Ken Goodman (City Harvest); Tracy Ketcher (Copland House)|