Haute Event: Record $1.1 Million Raised for City Harvest

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Cesare Casella (Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto), Eric Ripert (Le Bernardin), Gail Simmons (Top Chef: Just Desserts), Marc Murphy (Landmarc), City Harvest Executive Director Jilly Stephen.

Last night, City Harvest hosted its 16th annual Bid Against Hunger restaurant tasting event at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Pavilion, raising nearly $1.1 million. The money raised will help City Harvest provide food for more than 4.5 million meals for New York’s hungry.

The sold-out event featured chefs and culinary experts from more than 70 of Manhattan and Brooklyn’s most esteemed restaurants, including Le Bernardin, Tribeca Grill, Craft, Blue Hill, Buttermilk Channel and Landmarc. The walk-around tasting and auction provided guests with the opportunity to see some of the city’s top chefs in action.

The event also featured 12 live auction and 53 silent auction items. Bidders vied for a four-night stay in a four-bedroom villa at Amanyara in Turks and Caicos with a private chef and butler included. The winning bid went for a record-setting $120,000. A wine class and custom wine tasting with Le Bernardin wine director Aldo Sohm, tour of the kitchen and meal for eight at designed by four-star chef Eric Ripert at Le Bernardin was won by two bidders, each putting up $30,000. Marc Murphy (Benchmarc), David Lombardo (wine and beverage director at Benchmarc) and Francois Payard (Francois Payard Bakery) will cater a party for 20 for the winner with the $20,000 bid.

Now serving New York City for more than 25 years, City Harvest is the world’s first food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding the city’s hungry men, women, and children. This year, City Harvest will collect 28 million pounds of excess food from all segments of the food industry, including restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers and farms. This food is then delivered free of charge to nearly 600 community food programs throughout New York City using a fleet of trucks and bikes as well as volunteers on foot. Each week, City Harvest helps more than 300,000 hungry New Yorkers find their next meal.

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