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Cheftopia: The 30th Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals-on-Wheels

Cheftopia: The 30th Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals-on-Wheels. Photo Credit: Hart Media

Photo by: Hart Media




World-Renowned Chefs Present Takes On Tomorrow’s Food Trends to Benefit Citymeals-on-Wheels



WHAT:  Legendary chefs will gather on Monday, June 8, 2015 for a remarkable milestone -- Cheftopia: The 30th Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals-on-Wheels. For

              this landmark anniversary, these culinary stars will celebrate the past while looking to the future as they create dishes inspired by tomorrow’s food trends at

  tasting stations throughout the Rockefeller Center Plaza. In the spirit of Citymeals Co-Founder James Beard, the highly anticipated event will raise funds to

  support the preparation and delivery of nutritious meals, hand-delivered to homebound elderly New Yorkers. Participating chefs to date include:



Matthew Accarrino SPQR

(San Francisco, CA)

Rob Newton Nightingale 9

(Brooklyn, NY)

Jarett Appell & Stefanie Morgado Stella 34 Trattoria

(New York, NY)

Nancy Oakes Boulevard Restaurant

(San Francisco, CA)

Jimmy Bannos Jr. The Purple Pig

(Chicago, IL)

Charlie Palmer Aureole | Charlie Palmer Steak

(New York, NY)

Eric Basulto La Fonda del Sol

(New York, NY)

Daniel Patterson Coi

(San Francisco, CA)

Octavio Becerra STATE Grill and Bar

(New York, NY)

Franҫois Payard FP Patisserie | FPB | Payard Patisserie & Bistro (New York, NY, Las Vegas, NV, Japan & Korea)

Jonathan Benno & Richard Capizzi

Lincoln Ristorante (New York, NY)

Alfred Portale Gotham Bar and Grill

(New York, NY)

Matteo Bergamini SD26 Restaurant & Wine Bar

(New York, NY)

Antonio Prontelli and Juan Branez

Rock Center Café (New York, NY)

Daniel Boulud & Aaron Bludorn

Café Boulud (New York, NY)

Stephan Pyles Stephan Pyles | Stampede 66 | San Salvaje(Dallas, TX)

Scott Conant Scarpetta Los Angeles

(Los Angeles, CA)

Thomas Raquel Le Bernardin

(New York, NY)

Greg Denton & Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton

Ox Restaurant (Portland, OR)

Jimmy Schmidt Morgan's in the Desert

(La Quinta, CA)

Richard Diamonte Metropolitan Opera House

(New York, NY)

Joachim Splichal Patina Restaurant

(Los Angeles, CA)

Larry Forgione The Conservatory for American Food Studies (CIA Greystone Campus, St. Helena, CA)

Cara Stadler Tao Yuan

(Brunswick, ME)

Marc Forgione Restaurant Marc Forgione | American Cut | Khe-Yo (New York, NY)

Ari Taymor Alma

(Los Angeles, CA)

Yuhi Fujinaga & Michael Gabriel The Sea Grill

(New York, NY)

Bill Telepan Telepan

(New York, NY)

Markus Glocker Bâtard

(New York, NY)

Jacques Torres Jacques Torres Chocolate

(New York, NY)

Craig Koketsu Park Avenue Summer

(New York, NY)

Jeremiah Tower Tavern on the Green

(New York, NY)

Eli Kulp Fork Restaurant

(Philadelphia, PA)

Silvana Vivoli Vivoli Il Gelato

(New York, NY & Florence, Italy)

Barbara Lynch Menton

(Boston, MA)

Jean-Georges Vongerichten Jean-Georges

(New York, NY)

Nobu Matsuhisa Nobu New York | Nobu Fifty Seven

(New York, NY)

Jonathan Waxman Barbuto | Adele's

(New York, NY | Nashville, TN)

Carrie Nahabedian NAHA | Brindille

(Chicago, IL)

Bill Yosses  ChopChop Magazine

(New York, NY)



Rockefeller Center will be transformed into a culinary paradise by renowned architect and Citymeals Board Member David Rockwell. More than 1,000 business leaders, gourmet enthusiasts, food industry trendsetters, socialites, young professionals, chefs and restaurateurs will be in attendance for live music, dancing and spectacular cuisine.


Nick Valenti, CEO of Patina Restaurant Group, will be the evening’s Grand Host. The event is chaired by Ninah & Michael Lynne; Laura & John Pomerantz; Randi & Dennis Riese; and Lizzie & Jonathan Tisch. With the help of beverage chair Audrey Saunders (Owner, The Pegu Club) and wine chair Daniel Johnnes (Wine Director, The Dinex Group), the event will also feature signature cocktails from top spirit sponsors and stellar wines from notable wineries.


Official sponsors of Citymeals-on-Wheels are American Airlines and FIJI Water. Other sponsors to-date include: Bedell, Bernardaud, Brooklyn Roasting, Capital One, Duane Reade Charitable Foundation, and Specialty Food Association.



WHEN:            Monday, June 8, 2015; VIP Admission 6:30pm; General Admission 7:30pm


WHERE:           The gardens, esplanades and restaurants of Rockefeller Center


TICKETS:        Premier Patron: $25,000 (includes 14 VIP tickets; 6:30pm early admission; access to VIP Lounge)


Extraordinary Patron: $15,000 (includes 8 VIP tickets; 6:30pm early admission; access to VIP Lounge)


Very Grand Patron: $10,000 (includes 6 VIP tickets; 6:30pm early admission; access to VIP Lounge)


            Grand Patron: $5,000 (includes 4 VIP tickets; 6:30pm early admission)


             Benefactor: $2,500 (includes 2 VIP tickets; 6:30pm early admission)


            General Admission Ticket: $600 each (7:30pm general admission)


Young Professional Ticket: $225 (45 years and younger. Tickets must be picked up at Will Call with valid ID. Ticket includes a special pre-event cocktail reception and general admission to the event, starting at 7:30pm. More information will follow upon your ticket purchase. There is limited availability of Young Professional tickets.)


             $50 per ticket is not tax-deductible.


Thanks to its board members, the City of New York and certain designated grants and sponsorships for administrative expenses, Citymeals is able to promise that 100% of all proceeds from ticket sales will be used entirely for the preparation and delivery of meals.


To purchase tickets, visit or contact Citymeals-on-Wheels: (212) 687-1290 or j.



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