Chefs’ Tributes and a Taste of Summer

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More than 30 chefs participated in the 37th Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals on Wheels at Cipriani South Street.

This past Tuesday, hundreds of guests and dozens of the country’s most notable chefs joined Citymeals on Wheels for the 37th Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals at Cipriani South Street. The annual event raised funds to prepare and deliver 90,000 meals for homebound older New Yorkers. The title sponsor for Chefs’ Tribute was GoldenTree Asset Management.

For 37 years, Chefs’ Tribute for Citymeals has gathered the most creative culinary talents to present their signature dishes at a walk-around tasting event that has become a New York City food world tradition. This year’s theme —“Sauced!” — was a playful homage to dining and mixology. The star-studded chef lineup included Leah Cohen of Piggyback by Pig and Khao (NYC); Scott Conant from Cellaio (Monticello, NY); Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter (NYC); Antonia Lofaso of Scopa Italian Roots, Black Market Liquor Bar & DAMA (Los Angeles); Maria Loi from Loi Estiatorio (NYC); Akhtar Nawab from Alta Calidad (NYC) and dozens more. A host of veteran Citymeals’ supporters, including chefs Daniel Boulud, Marc Forgione, Charlie Palmer, Alfred Portale and Jonathan Waxman, also participated.


Citymeals Board Chair Chef Daniel Boulud (Le Gratin, NYC) and Citymeals CEO Beth Shapiro greeting guests from the stage at the 37th Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals on Wheels at Cipriani South Street on June 10, 2024.
Citymeals Board Chair Chef Daniel Boulud (Le Gratin, NYC) and Citymeals CEO Beth Shapiro. “Citymeals is proud to kick off summer with Chefs’ Tribute and to be joined by so many stellar chefs, who care about ending food insecurity as much as we do,” said Shapiro. “Citymeals is committed to ending hunger among older New Yorkers by 2040, and the funds raised tonight will help us make important strides toward that goal.”

“Who better to help fight hunger than chefs,” said Chef Daniel Boulud, Chair of Citymeals’ Board of Directors. “Chefs’ Tribute is a New York City tradition, and I’m so proud to support Citymeals’ in nourishing older New Yorkers in need.”

Participating chefs included Cesar Balderas (Cecchi’s Bar and Grill); Aliyyah Baylor (Make My Cake); Daniel Boulud & Christina D’Angelo (Le Gratin); Leah Cohen (Piggyback by Pig and Khao); Scott Conant (Cellaio); Stefano DiSilvestre (Cipriani South Street at Casa Cipriani); Rocco DiSpirito (author of Everyday Delicious); Billy Durney (Hometown Bar-B-Que); Marc Forgione (Respect Hospitality); Alex Guarnaschelli (Butter); Keith Hernandez (RW Prime, Resorts World New York City); Morgan Jarrett (State Bar and Grill); Celine Labaune (Gourmet Attitude Truffles); Antonia Lofaso (Scopa Italian Roots, Black Market Liquor Bar, DAMA); Maria Loi (Loi Estiatorio); Akhtar Nawab (Alta Calidad); Charlie Palmer & Vasiliki Vourliotaki (AperiBar); Alfred Portale (Portale Restaurant); Carolina Perego (Citarella); Richard Sandoval (tán); Stefano Secchi (Rezdôra); Adam Siegel (Lupi & Iris); George Tang (Nobu Downtown); Moussa Thiam (Revelie Luncheonette), Silvana Vivoli (VIvoli il Gelato); Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto); Elena Yamamoto (Bessou) and Sasha Zabar (Glace).


Charred Asparagus and Sugar Snap Pea Salad, Soy Sesame Chili Dressing, Peanuts, Herbs & Crispy Shallots from Chef Leah Cohen (Piggyback by Pig and Khao, NYC). 

Charred Asparagus and Sugar Snap Pea Salad, Soy Sesame Chili Dressing, Peanuts, Herbs & Crispy Shallots from Chef Leah Cohen (Piggyback by Pig and Khao, NYC).
Braised Short Rib, Chili Bordelaise, Stracciatella & Herbs from Chef Antonia Lofaso (Scopa Italian Roots, Black Market Liquor Bar, Dama, Los Angeles).
Braised Short Rib, Chili Bordelaise, Stracciatella & Herbs from Chef Antonia Lofaso (Scopa Italian Roots, Black Market Liquor Bar, Dama, Los Angeles).

Meaghan Dorman of Dear Irving and Raines Law Room served as Spirits Chair. Bartenders from Bar Goto, PDT, Raines Law Room and Seaborne served bespoke cocktails, alongside brand ambassadors from spirits sponsors Sipsmith Gin, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Select Aperitivo, Seedlip Non-Alcoholic Spirits, Rosaluna Mezcal, Whistlepig Whiskey and Herradura Tequila.


Bartenders pour Chefs’ Tribute specialty cocktail “Painting Austin Pink,” featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

The Wine Chair was Rob Oppenheimer, and the Beer Partner was Sixpoint Brewery. Reds, whites and bubbly were provided by Independence Wine and Spirits, Regal Wine Imports, Skurnik Wines & Spirits and Wilson Daniels.

The title sponsor for the 37th Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals was GoldenTree Asset Management. Official sponsors were American Airlines and Fiji Water. Additional sponsors included Resorts World New York City, Derby Copeland, Heermance Farm ˗ Sponsored by William Gottlieb Real Estate, Milbank, Northern Trust, and The Soloviev Group.

The 37th Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals was co-chaired by Beverly and Dan Bartfeld and Alison Lohrfink Blood.


The room at 37th Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals on Wheels at Cipriani South Street.
Dancers Bibi Marie and Joel Caceres provided entertainment.
Dancers Bibi Marie and Joel Caceres provided entertainment.

Citymeals on Wheels (citymeals.org) provides a continuous lifeline of nourishing meals and vital companionship to nearly 22,000 homebound older New Yorkers. Working in partnership with community-based organizations and older adult centers, Citymeals prepared and delivered more than 2 million weekend, holiday and emergency meals last year and nearly 14,000 volunteers gave almost 50,000 hours of time to Citymeals’ mission.

Since its founding in 1981, Citymeals has relied on the generosity of its Board of Directors, the City of New York, sponsors, and other designated gifts to cover administrative costs. This ensures that 100% of all public donations will be used entirely for preparing and delivering meals.


Citymeals CEO Beth Shapiro, Marla Wilner, and Joshua A. Kazam (Citymeals Board Member).
L. to r.: Colleen Goggins (Citymeals Board President) and Lloyd Sacks; Guests enjoying the 37th Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals.
Suri Kasirer (Citymeals Board Vice President), Robert S. Grimes (Citymeals President Emeritus), and Drew Nieporent (Citymeals Board Member).
Chefs Charlie Palmer (Citymeals Board Member) & Vasiliki Vourliotaki (Aperibar, NYC) presented their Rigatoni with Shrimp, Citrus and Lemon Espuma. 

Chefs Charlie Palmer (Citymeals Board Member) & Vasiliki Vourliotaki (Aperibar, NYC) presented their Rigatoni with Shrimp, Citrus and Lemon Espuma.
Chef Keith Hernandez (RW Prime, Resorts World New York City).
Chef Keith Hernandez (RW Prime, Resorts World New York City).
L. to r.: Aliyyah Baylor (Make My Cake, NYC and Citymeals Board Member) presented her “Duece” Leche Cake and Caramel and Butter Cake with Two Milk Sauce & Apple Compote; Mini Frozen Chocolate Brûlée from Chef Sasha Zabar (Glace, NYC).
Chef Silvana Vivoli (Vivoli Il Gelato, Florence, Italy & Disney Springs, FL) shows Chef Daniel Boulud (Le Gratin, NYC and Citymeals Board Chair) her Chocolate Cherry Affogato. 

Chef Silvana Vivoli (Vivoli Il Gelato, Florence, Italy & Disney Springs, FL) shows Chef Daniel Boulud (Le Gratin, NYC and Citymeals Board Chair) her Chocolate Cherry Affogato.
Chef Richard Sandoval (tán, NYC) and Chef Jonatan Gómez Luna Torres.
Chef Richard Sandoval (tán, NYC) and Chef Jonatan Gómez Luna Torres.
Steven Baltrani (Citymeals Ambassador), Claire Paull (Citymeals Board Member) and Robbie Shiers.
Steven Beltrani (Citymeals Ambassador), Claire Paull (Citymeals Board Member), and Robbie Shiers.
Yusi Gurrera (Citymeals Board Member) and Chef Carolina Perego (Citarella, NYC).
Yusi Gurrera (Citymeals Board Member) and Chef Carolina Perego (Citarella, NYC).
Chef Jehangir Mehta and Chef Maria Loi (Loi Estiatorio, NYC).
Chef Jehangir Mehta and Chef Maria Loi (Loi Estiatorio, NYC).
Derek Blasberg (Citymeals Board Member), Dasha Zhukova and Eugenie Niarchos.
Derek Blasberg (Citymeals Board Member), Dasha Zhukova, and Eugenie Niarchos.
Chef Cesar Balderas (center, Checchi’s Bar and Grill, NYC) and team presented Apricot Glazed Ribs with Apricot Gastrique. 

Chef Cesar Balderas (center, Checchi’s Bar and Grill, NYC) and team presented Apricot Glazed Ribs with Apricot Gastrique.
Chef Scott Conant (Cellaio, Monticello, NY), Chef Rocco DiSpirito (Author of Everyday Delicious, NYC) and Chef Alex Guarnaschelli (Butter, NYC and Citymeals Board Member) at the 37th Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals on Wheels at Cipriani South Street on June 10, 2024.
Chef Scott Conant (Cellaio, Monticello, NY), Chef Rocco DiSpirito (Author of Everyday Delicious, NYC) and Chef Alex Guarnaschelli (Butter, NYC and Citymeals Board Member).
Chef Daniel Boulud (Le Gratin, NYC and Citymeals Board Chair) and Katherine Boulud.
Chef Daniel Boulud (Le Gratin, NYC and Citymeals Board Chair) and Katherine Boulud.
articipating chefs with attendees in the background at the 37th Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals on Wheels at Cipriani South Street on June 10, 2024.
Participating chefs at the 37th Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals on Wheels.

And the week before, summer in Central Park officially kicked off with the Central Park Conservancy’s annual Taste of Summer Benefit. Celebrated at Bethesda Terrace, the evening festivity raised over $1.3 million, supporting the Conservancy’s ongoing work to maintain the Park as a respite from the pace and pressure of city life for all New Yorkers and visitors.

Generously presented by Macquarie, friends and supporters of the Conservancy celebrated with a diverse range of cuisines and cocktails through tastings provided by New York City’s unparalleled range of restaurants.


Norman Selby, Melissa Vail, Sylvester Miniter, Gillian Miniter, Betsy Smith, Laurie Mandelbaum, Jay Mandelbaum, Kristy Korngold, Jonathan Korngold
Norman Selby, Melissa Vail, Sylvester Miniter, Gillian Miniter, Betsy Smith, Laurie Mandelbaum, Jay Mandelbaum, Kristy Korngold, and Jonathan Korngold.

Summer-inspired florals and groovy decor from Raiola/Co. set the evening’s ’60’s-themed tone, with the dance floor welcoming guests with records spun by DJ Bailey. At the Taste Café by Starr Restaurants, guests enjoyed curated tastings from Buddakan, The Clocktower, Electric Lemon, El Vez, Pastis and Upland.

“This event provides essential support for our mission to care for the Park, and we are so grateful to all of our friends and to the restaurants and chefs who made the evening so successful,” said Betsy Smith, President and CEO, Central Park Conservancy.



Honorary Chairs Kristy and Jonathan Korngold, Laurie and Jay Mandelbaum, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter, Melissa Vail and Norman C. Selby and Event Chairs Susan Magrino Dunning and James D. Dunning, Sally and Bob Miller, Elyse and Michael Newhouse were joined by some of New York’s most revered chefs, from Chef Preston Clark of Lure Fishbar to Chef Julian Medina of Soledad & Amarena. Conservancy benefactors and special guests included Judy Hart Angelo, Rick Cotton, Gillian Hearst, Tracey Huff, Sharon and Bill Jacob, Speaker Corey Johnson, Conservancy Chairman Tom Kempner and Kitty Patterson Kempner, Jill and Barry Lafer, Carol Sutton Lewis and William Lewis, Chris and Jenny Licht, Melanie McLennan, Margo and Jimmy Nederlander, Tracy Pollan, Jenny Price, John Stossel, Tracy Tang, Zach Weiss and Randi Zuckerberg.

Michael Newhouse, Elyse Newhouse, Susan Magrino, Sally Miller, Bob Miller
Michael Newhouse, Elyse Newhouse, Susan Magrino, Sally Miller, and Bob Miller.

Over 40 notable restaurants participated, including Alice, Amarena, Benoit NY, Boqueria, Breads Bakery, Bridgewater Chocolates, ByClio Bakery, Canard Inc., Central Park Boathouse, Chi Restaurant, Chinese Tuxedo, Dinosaurs Bar-B-Que, Figure Eight, Gulaabo Timeless Indian, Harlem Shake, Ho Foods, ilili Restaurant, Loi Estiatorio, Lure Fishbar, Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery, Maya, Mercado Little Spain, Nom Wah, Oti, Parla, pastaRAMEN, The Regency Bar & Grill, Serendipity 3, Soledad, Sugar Hill Creamery, Tasca, Tavern on the Green, Thalassa Restaurant, Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, William Greenberg Desserts, YAO and Yellow Rose.

Guests sipped on wines by 90+ Cellars, spirits and champagne provided by Pernod Ricard USA and coffee provided by illy.


Tracy Tang, Elyse Newhouse; Carol Sutton Lewis, William M Lewis Jr.
L. to r.: Tracy Tang and Elyse Newhouse; Carol Sutton Lewis and William M. Lewis Jr.
David Eder, Pakhi Eder, Lisa Broadbent, and Tim Broadbent.
James Nederlander, Margo Nederlander; Judy Hart Angelo
L. to r.: James and Margo Nederlander; Judy Hart Angelo.
Hee Jung Moon, Michelle Trulaske, Kristen Swenson
Hee Jung Moon, Michelle Trulaske, and Kristen Swenson.
Baily Kempner, Melanie McLennan; Esme Fox, Tracy Pollan
L. to r.: Baily Kempner and Melanie McLennan; Esme Fox and Tracy Pollan.
Stella Jacob, Sharon Jacob, Bill Jacob
Stella Jacob, Sharon Jacob, and Bill Jacob.
Brent Tworetzky, Randi Zuckerberg; Tom Kempner, Jill Lafer, Corey Johnson
L. to r.: Brent Tworetzky and Randi Zuckerberg; Tom Kempner, Jill Lafer, and Corey Johnson.
Lauren Kim, Simone Goer, Amanda Baron, Cami Raucci, Joyce Kwok
Lauren Kim, Simone Goer, Amanda Baron, Cami Raucci, and Joyce Kwok.
Jenny Price, Suzie Aijala, and Tracey Huff; Zach Weiss
L. to r.: Jenny Price, Suzie Aijala, and Tracey Huff; Zach Weiss.

DJ Bailey.


Photographs by Eric Vitale Photography & Stephanie Badini Photography (Citymeals); BFA (Taste of  Summer).

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