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Nick Valenti, Beth Shapiro, and Robert S. Grimes with over 40 chefs who took part in the 34th Annual Chef's Tribute to Citymeals on Wheels.

On Wednesday, June 26th, The New England Society in the City of New York honored the winners of its 2019 Book Awards, given to books of merit that celebrate New England and its culture, after a rigorous juried evaluation process. The Awards ceremony was held at the National Arts Club on Gramercy Park, where authors were honored with a formal presentation of their awards followed by a Salon—a question-and-answer discussion with guests followed by a book signing. 

The NES Book Awards are presented annually in the following categories and this year’s winners all express and exemplify the spirit and culture of New England.


Lisa Brooks, Matt Moffett, Elyse Lightman Samuels, and Gregory Smith.

ART & PHOTOGRAPHY: The Art of Curating: Paul J. Sachs and the Museum Course at Harvard by Sally Anne Duncan and Andrew McClellan (Getty Publications)

FICTION: The Maze at Windermere by Gregory Blake Smith (Penguin Random House, Viking)


Gregory Smith.

CONTEMPORARY NONFICTION/BIOGRAPHY: Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine by Alan Lightman (Pantheon Books)

HISTORICAL NONFICTION: Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War by Lisa Brooks (Yale University Press)


Helen Denisenko, Lisa Brooks, and Lillie Rose Brooks.

SPECIALTY TITLE: A Naturalist at Large by Bernd Heinrich (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Winning authors attending the ceremony included Gregory Blake Smith and Lisa Brooks, as well as NES past presidents Anna Bulkot and Jay Sherwood, current president Benedict Gedaminski, and Awards co-chairs Roland Foster Miller and Ellen Scordato, and Awards Committee members Danzey Burnham, Ashley Picker Dubin, Lucy Kirk, Ireen Kudra-Miller, Marian Morrill, Jan Whitman Ogden, Anne Teasdale, and Matthew Rimi von Barton.


Benedict Gedaminski.
Anne Teasdale.
Ellen Scordato and Elyse Lightman Samuels.
Ellen Scordato and Roland Foster Miller.
Thomas Hills and Sara Champion.
Leslie Middlebrook-Moore, Daisy Field-Pearson, Mark Pearson, and Helen Denisenko.
Oksana Tikhonova and Edward Seidel.
Charles Bennett, Roland Foster Miller, Elizabeth Anne-Smith, Andrew Smith, Jr., and Marigold Randall.
Jay Sherwood and Jan Whitman Ogden.
Matthew Von Barton, Emily Mohr, and Geoffrey Von Barton III.
Marian Morrill and Alice Yurke.
Lucille Kirk and Anna Bulkot.
Benedict Gedaminski and Monique Rinere.
Lisa Brooks, Marigold Randall, Roland Foster Miller, and Ireen Kudra-Miller.
Ellen Scordato, Mark Rifkin, and Carolyn Zezima.
Janet Whitman, Lucille Kirk, and Jane Pflug.
Roland Foster Miller and Jay Sherwood.
Anne Teasdale, Ellen Scordato, Roland Foster Miller, Danzey Burnham, Marian Morrill, Benedict Gedaminski, Ireen Kudra-Miller, Janet Whitman, Matthew Von Barton, and Lucille Kirk.


Catch-up. On June 10, 2019, 47 chefs came together for The 34th Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals on Wheels, The Butcher, The Baker, The Cocktail Shaker: Celebrating Culinary Collaborations. 100% of funds raised will support the preparation and delivery of meals for homebound elderly New Yorkers by Citymeals – the city’s only nonprofit providing home-delivered meals to the frail aged in all five boroughs. This year’s event raised nearly $800,000 to deliver over 108,000 meals.

Since its founding in 1981, Citymeals on Wheels has delivered nearly 60 million meals throughout the five boroughs. Each year, the organization prepares and delivers over 2 million weekend, holiday and emergency meals for over 18,000 homebound elderly New Yorkers. For our vulnerable neighbors, a Citymeals’ deliverer may be the only person they see on a regular basis.


Chefs Daniel Boulud and Dieter Samijn (Bar Boulud, New York, NY) prepared Moules à la Belge.
Chef Jared Braithwaite (Colonie, Brooklyn, NY) prepared Mushroom “Pâté” with Meyer Lemon and Shiso on Brioche.

The event, hosted by Patina Restaurant Group at Rockefeller Center, was attended by 900 guests – business leaders, culinary insiders, foodies, and young professionals – who enjoyed an 11-piece band, a folk artist playing the musical saw and other acts throughout the night, provided by Noah Bless Music.

Some of the evening’s stellar dishes included: Moules à la Belge from Chefs Daniel Boulud and Dieter Samijn; Blue Moon Ceviche with Tama’s Foraged Flavors & Lindsey’s Sourdough Crackers from Chef Marc Forgione; Beef Tartare with Marcona Almond Gremolata & Spanish Anchovy from Chef Angie Mar; Bietola & Burrata with Warm Walnut Vinaigrette & Crispy Shallots from Chef Karen Akunowicz; Hamachi Crudo with Citrus Olivada from Chefs Michael White and Cesar Guadarrama; 60 Day Cabernet-Aged Beef Tartare with Cherry from Chef Chris Cosentino; Pheasant Boudin Blanc with Crushed Zucchini from Chef Thomas Boemer; Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Tortellini with Morel Mushrooms, Spring Vegetables & Pecorino Toscano from Chef Alfred Portale; and Uruguayan Rustic Carpaccio with Fried Capers, Dijon, Sprouts & Grana Padano from Chef Lucía Soria.


Chef Joachim Splichal (Patina Restaurant Group, Los Angeles, CA) served Scallop Sashimi with Seaweed Dressing.
Chef Shea Gallante (Lincoln Ristorante, New York, NY) prepared Octopus Bomboloni with Whipped Lardo, Pepperonata & Fennel.
Chef Antonio Prontelli (Rock Center Café, New York, NY) prepared Grilled Baby Artichokes with House-made Goat’s Milk Ricotta, Wild Ramp Pesto & Grilled Pane de Campagna.

Co-Founders of the event, Chefs Jonathan Waxman (Jams, New York) and Larry Forgione (Restaurant Davide in New York, New York) participated, alongside notable chefs from across the country including: Alfred Portale (Gotham Bar & Grill, New York), Angie Mar (The Beatrice Inn, New York), Anthony Andiario (Andiario, West Chester, PA), Carolina Perego (Citarella Gourmet Markets, New York), Charlie Palmer and Christopher Engel (Aureole, New York), Chris Cosentino (Cockscomb, San Francisco), Christina N. Towers (Café Centro, New York), Daniel Boulud and Dieter Samijn (Bar Boulud, New York), David Buico and Antonio Prontelli (Rock Center Café, New York), Francis Guzmán (Vianda, San Juan), Jared Braithwaite (Colonie, Brooklyn), Jarett Appell and Silvana Vivoli (Stella 34, New York and Vivoli Gelateria, Florence, Italy), Jesse Schumann and Kit Schumann (Sea Wolf Bakers, Seattle), Joachim Splichal (Patina Restaurant Group, Los Angeles), Joe Gurrera(Citarella Gourmet Markets, New York), Jonah Miller (Huertas, New York), Karen Akunowicz (Fox & the Knife, Boston), Kate Williams (Lady of the House, Detroit),Kevin Fink (Emmer & Rye, Austin), Louis Bayla and Kevin Woods (Little Park, New York), Lucía Soria (Jacinto Restaurant, Montevideo, Uruguay), Marc Forgione(Restaurant Marc Forgione, New York), Matt Hoyle (Nobu Fifty Seven, New York), Mathew Woolf (Rainbow Room, New York), Michael Gabriel (The Sea Grill, New York), Michael Gallina (Vicia, St. Louis), Michael White and Cesar Guadarrama (Ristorante Morini, New York), Michelle Silberman (Snackadabra: Food Magic, Philadelphia), Morgan Jarrett (Yellow Magnolia Café, Brooklyn), Priscilla Yeh (STATE Grill, New York), Richard Capizzi and Shea Gallante (Lincoln Ristorante, New York), Thomas Boemer (In Bloom, St. Paul), Yuhi Fujinaga and Masaharu Morimoto (Morimoto Asia, Lake Buena Vista, Florida), and Zak Pelaccio and Kevin Pomplun (Fish & Game and BackBar, Hudson, New York).


Chefs Michael White and Cesar Guadarrama (Ristorante Morini, New York, NY) served Hamachi Crudo with Citrus Olivada.
Blue Moon Ceviche with Tama’s Foraged Flavors & Lindsey’s Sourdough Crackers from Chef Marc Forgione (Restaurant Marc Forgione, New York, NY).

With the help of Beverage Chairs Audrey Saunders (Owner, Pegu Club) and Daniel Johnnes (Wine Director, The Dinex Group), fine wines and artisanal cocktails were poured by leading sommeliers and mixologists to accompany the lavish tasting.

The evening’s Grand Host was Nick Valenti, CEO of Patina Restaurant Group, and the event was co-chaired by Sabrina and Byron AthansBeverly and Dan BartfeldAlison Lohrfink BloodJoseph M. CohenLaura and John Pomerantz, and Randi and Dennis Riese.

Event guests included Board Co-President Robert S. Grimes, as well as Derek Blasberg and Nick BrownSamantha Boardman, M.D.Randy FishmanColleen GogginsYusi GurreraSuri Kasirer and Bruce TeitelbaumLiz NeumarkDrew NieporentLisa RosenblumDanielle and Randy SmithGalia and Axel StawskiKathleen TurnerTeri Volpert, and Dasha Zhukova.


Polenta “Crostini” with Tonjes Farm Mozarella, Heirloom Strawberries, Sweet Peas, Prosciutto Crisp & Mosto Cotto from Chef Larry Forgione (Restaurant Davide, New York, NY).
Savory Carrot Tart with Spicy Dates & Cumin Yogurt from Chef Francis Guzmán (Vianda, San Juan, PR).

Event sponsors included Citymeals’ Official Airline American Airlines, Official Water FIJI Water and First Republic Bank. Beverage sponsors included Belvedere Vodka, Courvoisier Cognac, Plantation Rum, Seedlip Drinks and Sipsmith Gin.

Citymeals on Wheels (citymeals.org) provides a continuous lifeline of nourishing meals and vital companionship to New York City’s homebound elderly. Working in partnership with community-based organizations and senior centers, Citymeals prepares and delivers over 2 million weekend, holiday and emergency meals for more than 18,000 of our frail aged neighbors each year. Last year, nearly 25,000 individuals volunteered over 80,000 hours of their time to Citymeals’ mission.


Citymeals Executive Director Beth Shapiro with Board Members Suri Kasirer and Lisa Rosenblum.
Chef Jonathan Waxman with Citymeals Board Co-President Robert S. Grimes.
Chefs Jarett Appell & Silvana Vivoli (Stella 34 & Vivoli Gelateria, New York, NY & Florence, Italy) served Campanelle alla Puttanesca and Gelato di Risotto ai Pinoli.
Chefs Joachim Splichal (Patina Restaurant Group, Los Angeles, CA) and Masaharu Morimoto (Morimoto Asia, Lake Buena Vista, FL).
Event Co-Chairs Sabrina and Byron Athans.
Citymeals Board Co-President Daniel Boulud and Citymeals Board Member Kathleen Turner.
Event Beverage Chair Daniel Johnnes (Wine Director, The Dinex Group), Katherine Boulud, and Anne Bisbano.
Citymeals Board Member Samantha Boardman, M.D.
L. to r.: Chefs Ginger Pierce and Jonathan Waxman (Jams, New York, NY) served Roasted Duck Lettuce Cup; Chef Larry Forgione (Restaurant Davide, New York, NY) prepared Polenta “Crostini” with Tonjes Farm Mozarella, Heirloom Strawberries, Sweet Peas, Prosciutto Crisp & Mosto Cotto.
Chef Karen Akunowicz (Fox & the Knife, Boston, MA) served Bietola & Burrata with Warm Walnut Vinaigrette & Crispy Shallots.
Chef Morgan Jarrett (Yellow Magnolia Café, Brooklyn, NY) served BBG Lily Pond Salad with Charred Onion & Kelp Soubise, Spruce Tips, Nasturtium, Pitaya Fox Nuts & Enoki Mushroom Sticks.
Chefs Louis Bayla and Kevin Woods (Little Park, New York, NY) served Oysters & Market Crudité, Oysters with a Mushroom Mignonette, Roasted Oysters with Ramp & Bacon Butter.
Chef Lucía Soria (Jacinto Restaurant, Montevideo, Uruguay) prepared Uruguayan Rustic Tenderloin Carpaccio with Fried Capers, Dijon, Sprouts & Grana Padano.

Amidst the spectacular views and the “inside and outside” venue, The One Central Park Club on the 51st Floor of The Time Warner Center, four companies feted acclaimed designers Clodagh and Noel Jeffrey on June 20th at a cocktail reception on the eve of the Summer Solstice.

The four hosts were James Caroll of LV Wood custom high end wood floorings; Sabrina Fierman of New York’s Little Elves, top residential cleaning company; Gary Mindlin of Top Hat Home Services, preventive caretaking for homes; and Amanda Wiss of Urban Clarity that organizes home-owners in moves and decluttering.


Noel Jeffrey, Gemma Gucci, Clodagh, and Lynn Jeffrey.

A large crowd of well-wishers greeted Clodagh, author of “Clodagh-Life Enhancing Design” and Noel Jeffrey, whose book is entitled, “Decades of Design.” Both books are available from Glitterati Editions. 

Said Sabrina Fierman, “It was a spectacular evening of colleagues and friends, with four top notch entities in various New York area service fields celebrating two of our most esteemed designers… A perfect way to start the summer!”


Roric Tobin and Sabrina Fierman.
Donald Tober, Clodagh, and Barbara Tober.
Ellen Sweeney and Peter Heywood.
Cynthia Peralta, Gary Mindlin, and Dana Mindlin.
Paula McDonald and James Caroll.
Brett Beldock.
Eric McLaughlin, Sarah Magness, and Douglas Wright.
Ed Daubel, Sabrina Fierman, and Joe Gudino.
Gary Mindlin, Amanda Wiss, James Caroll, and Sabrina Fierman.
George Garrity, Marcey Pantowich, and Oishin Dolan.
Barry Goralnick, Anthony Scordio, Mara Flash Blum, and West Chin.
Sabrina Fierman, Lloyd Marks, and Michael Tavano.
Kristen Couse, Juliana Lazzaro, Amanda Wiss, Gabrielle Hamill, and Amanda Thudin.
John Rusk, Ken Wampler, and Mike Strohl.

Photographs by John Sanderson/AnnieWatt.com (NES); Eric Vitale Photography, Konrad Brattke Photography, and Monica Shipper (Citymeals).

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