Family, friendship, charity, and mutual assistance

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Over 30 chefs participated in the 36th Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals on Wheels at Cipriani South Street.

This past Monday night, hundreds of guests joined Citymeals on Wheels and dozens of New York’s most notable chefs for the 36th Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals at Cipriani South Street. Through Citymeals generous supporters, the annual event, which this year was themed “Family Affair,” raised funds to prepare and deliver 90,000 meals for homebound elderly New Yorkers.

For 36 years, Citymeals has gathered the most creative culinary talents to present their singular dishes to Citymeals supporters and guests at Chefs’ Tribute. This year’s star-studded chef lineup included Maneet Chauhan of Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter, Dino Gatto of Rao’s, Lee & Thai Kambar of Thaily’s, Charlie Mitchell of Clover Hill, Junghyun Park of Atomix, Mawa McQueen of Mawa’s Kitchen, and dozens more of the culinary scene’s top talents. A host of veteran Citymeals’ supporters, including chefs Daniel Boulud, Larry and Marc Forgione, Charlie Palmer, Alfred Portale and Jonathan Waxman, also participated.

Citymeals CEO Beth Shapiro.

“This year, Chefs’ Tribute celebrates the importance of family, tying together our love of food and cooking with Citymeals mission to nourish our older neighbors in need,” said Beth Shapiro, CEO of Citymeals on Wheels. “Since our founding, Citymeals has been supported by New York City’s culinary community. With Chefs’ Tribute in its 36th year, we are grateful for their continued support. Like Citymeals, they know the importance of feeding both body and soul.”

“For decades, Citymeals has ensured that New York City’s homebound elderly always have a seat at the table,” said Chef Daniel Boulud, Co-President of the Citymeals’ Board of Directors. “Thousands of older New Yorkers receive a nourishing meal and friendly smile thanks to Citymeals, allowing them to remain a part of the fabric and family of this City.”

The room at 36th Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals on Wheels at Cipriani South Street.

Participating chefs included the co-founders of the event, Chefs Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto & Jams) and Larry Forgione, joined by son Marc Forgione (Forge, Respect Hospitality), as well as: Cosme Aguilar (Casa Enrique), Aliyyah Baylor (Make My Cake), Franklin Becker (The Press Club Grill), BonBon – A Swedish Candy Co., Junior Borges (Meridian), Daniel Boulud & Guillaume Ginther (Le Gratin), Maneet Chauhan (Chauhan Ale & Masala House), Lauren DeSteno (Marea), Stefano DiSilvestre & Patricia Balsamo (Cipriani South Street at Casa Cipriani), Dino Gatto (Rao’s), Alex Guarnaschelli (Butter), Lee & Thai Kambar (Thaily’s), Mawa McQueen (Mawa’s Kitchen), Charlie Mitchell (Clover Hill), Helen Nyugen (Saigon Social), Charlie Palmer & Erick Vargas Bromberg (Charlie Palmer Steak), Junghyun Park (Atomix, Atoboy, NARO), Alfred Portale (Portale Restaurant), Melissa J. Rodriguez (Al Coro, Mel’s and Discolo), Joseph Settepani (Bruno’s Bakery), George Tang (Nobu Downtown), Jacques Torres (Jacques Torres Chocolates), Silvana Vivoli (Gelateria Vivoli) and Patrick Schaeffer (Tin Building by Jean-Georges).

Chef Stephen Fugate, center, (Pig Beach BBQ , NYC) served its Chef Jeff Brisket Sandwich with House-cured Pickles, Crispy Onions & World Champion BBQ Sauce.
Artichoke Tortellini with Asparagus, Fava Beans, Pea Greens, Pecorino Toscano from Chef Alfred Portale (Portale Restaurant, NYC).
Clockwise from top left: Montauk Fluke, Avocado and Serrano Pepper with Sweet Potato Puree from Chef Cosme Aguilar (Casa Enrique, NYC); Beef Tteokgalbi, Grilled Beef Galbi Patties, Pine Nut Crumble and Crispy Lotus Root from Chef Junghyun Park (Atomix, Atoboy and Naro, NYC); Pani Puri Semolina Puffs, Black Garbanzo and Potato Filling, Tamarind Chutney, with Mint Cilantro Water from Chef Maneet Chauhan (Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Nashville).

In addition, fine wines and artisanal cocktails were poured by leading sommeliers and mixologists from the City’s leading bars, including: Bar Goto, Katana Kitten, PDT, The Raines Law Room, Seaborne, Superbueno, Tatiana and Tooker Alley.

The 36th Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals was co-chaired by Sabrina and Byron Athans, Beverly and Dan Bartfeld and Alison Lohrfink Blood. Audrey Saunders, founder of Pegu Club, was honored for her longtime support of Citymeals, serving as Spirits Chair of Chefs’ Tribute for 20 years.

Event sponsors included Citymeals’ Official Airline American Airlines and Official Water FIJI Water. Additional sponsors included Heermance Farm, Katten, PEPCID®, Resorts World and Two River. Beverage sponsors included Courvoisier Cognac, Select Aperitivo, Sipsmith Gin, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Herradura Tequila.

Citymeals Board Member Colleen Goggins and Citymeals Board Co-President Chef Daniel Boulud.
Chef Aliyyah Baylor (Make My Cake, NYC and Citymeals Board Member) presented her Peach Cobbler with Brown Sugar Whipped Cream.
Chef Junior Borges (Meridien, Dallas) presented his Texas Wagyu Short Rib with Piri Piri, Bacon & Egg Farofa.

This event comes as Citymeals marks 41 years of delivering nourishing meals and vital companionship to the homebound elderly of New York City. Citymeals delivered its first meal on Christmas in 1981 and the organization has since become woven into the fabric of the city, delivering more than 67 million weekend, holiday and emergency meals since its founding. Today, Citymeals is the largest nonprofit meals on wheels program in the country.

Citymeals on Wheels ( provides a continuous lifeline of nourishing meals and vital companionship to nearly 22,000 homebound elderly New Yorkers. Working in partnership with community-based organizations and senior centers, Citymeals prepared and delivered nearly 2 million weekend, holiday, and emergency meals last year. Last year, nearly 19,000 volunteers gave more than 52,000 hours of time to Citymeals’ mission.

David Rockwell (Citymeals Board Member), Chef Charlie Palmer (Charlie Palmer Steak, NYC and Citymeals Board Member), and Citymeals Board Co-President Robert S. Grimes.
Chef Maneet Chauhan (Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Nashville), Chef Mawa McQueen (Mawa’s Kitchen, Aspen), and Chef Helen Nguyen (Saigon Social, NYC).
Marika and Neil Bender of Heermance Farm.
Chef Marc Forgione with son Santino and Chef Larry Forgione (Forge, Respect Hospitality, NYC).
Drew Nieporent (Citymeals Board Member), Chef Larry Forgione (Forge, Respect Hospitality, NYC), and Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten (Tin Building by Jean-Georges).
Sabrina Athans, Steve Soutendijk (Citymeals Board Member), and Kelly Soutendijk.
Suri Kasirer (Citymeals Board Member) and Aaron Goldman (Citymeals Board Member).
Entertainment was provided by Noah Bless Music.

Guest on the dance floor.

The New England Society in the City of New York hosted their annual Founder’s Day celebration, a salute to the Society’s founding to promote “friendship, charity, and mutual assistance” among and on behalf of New Englanders living in New York. Currently, NES provides much-needed scholarships to underserved New Yorkers attending college in New England.

Matthew Rimi Von Barton.

Guests enjoyed summer-themed bites and cocktails, and dancing to Alex Donner’s Band. Matthew Rimi Von Barton, 102nd President of NES, toasted the Society’s original founders by reading an excerpt from the Society’s first meeting on May 6th, 1805.

Among the presidents, financiers, architects, writers, college founders, businessmen and philanthropists, NES’ illustrious roster of members over the past two centuries includes: John F. Kennedy, J. P. Morgan, Theodore Roosevelt, John D. Rockefeller, Charles Tiffany, John Trumbull, and more.

NES Board Members and past Presidents.
Katherine Ann Johnson, Heather Hilgers, Myles von Trapp, Rebecca Kohberger, Alexandra Hancock, Matthew Rimi Von Barton, and Leslie Middlebrook.
L. to r.: Daisy Pierson and Ellen Scordato; Mary Grace, Rebecca Kohberger, and Mary Kate Gorman.
Lauren Manning and Anna Bulkot.
Matthew Von Barton, Janet Whitman Ogden, and Jeffrey Von Barton.
L. to r.: Julia Lindenthal and Katherine Anne Johnson; Nicholas D’Angelo, Alexandra Hancock, and Stratton Walt.
Scott Dwyer, Jonathan Doucette, and Bethany Davis.
Heather Hilgers, George Shepherd, Katherine Ann Johnson, Stratton Walt, Matt Rimi Von Barton, Myles von Trapp, Geoffrey Von Barton, Ellen Scordato, Nicholas D’Angelo, Julia Lindenthal, Alexandra Hancock, Anna Bulkot, Mark Pearson, and Daisy Pearson.

Photographs by Eric Vitale and Konrad Brattke Photography (Citymeals); David DuPuy/ (NES)

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