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City Harvest - 21st Annual Bid Against Hunger
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 Geoffrey Zakarian, Chair, The Lambs Club and Ted Allen Council Member Host Food Network's "Chopped".  Photo by:  Rose Billings/

 Geoffrey Zakarian, Chair, The Lambs Club and Ted Allen Council Member Host
Network's "Chopped"



Chairman Emeritus Eric Ripert (Le Bernardin and Ben Bram (Board).  Photo by:  Rose Billings/

Chairman Emeritus Eric Ripert (Le Bernardin and Ben Bram (Board)

Nicholas D. Lowery, !President Swann Galleries (Auctioneer).  Photo by:  Rose Billings/

Nicholas D. Lowery, !President Swann Galleries (Auctioneer)

Florian Bella (Mad Mac Macaroons).  Photo by:  Rose Billings/

Florian Bella (Mad Mac Macaroons)

Katherine Bermen and Sylvia La Montagne (Georgetown Cupcake SoHo).  Photo by:  Rose Billings/

Katherine Bermen and Sylvia La Montagne (Georgetown Cupcake SoHo)

 Howard Cross (Giants).  Photo by:  Rose Billings/

 Howard Cross (Giants)


City Harvest supporters raised nearly $1.5 million at the 21st annual Bid Against Hunger, the most the event has ever raised, and enough to rescue more than 5.7 million pounds of food for hungry New Yorkers. Over 90 of the city’s top chefs, restaurants, and mixologists participated in the tasting event on October 7 at Pier 36 in New York City. The evening was hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian and attracted more than 900 guests.


Highlights from the live auction included:


·         AN EVENING OF CIGARS AND SPIRITS WITH IRON CHEF GEOFFREY ZAKARIAN AND FRIENDS: A multi-course dinner for 10 guests in The Lambs Club’s historic Stanford White Studio prepared by “Iron Chef” Geoffrey Zakarian; “Chopped” judge and executive chef of Butter Alex Guarnaschelli; Payard and FP Patisserie owner François Payard; and executive chef of Gotham Bar and Grill Alfred Portale. The dinner will be accompanied by spirit pairings and a selection of premium Nat Sherman cigars. Winning bid: 2 winners at $100,000. Totaling $200,000.


·         A TASTE OF TRUFFLES: A dinner for 10 in the winner’s home, prepared by Michael White, chef and co-owner of Altamarea Group, featuring one pound of Sabatino white truffles. Winning bid: $50,000


·         SWEET ESCAPE WITH THE WORLD’S BEST PASTRY CHEFS: Tickets for four to the once-in-a-lifetime Relais Dessert Association tasting event in New York City featuring 100 of the world’s best pastry chefs, followed by a private dinner featuring a menu prepared by chefs Eric Ripert, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Laurent Tourondel, and Daniel Boulud. Winning bid: $20,000.


·         NAPA VALLEY, CASUAL LUXURY AND WORLD CLASS WINES: A four-night escape for two to Napa Valley featuring luxury resort accommodations, first class airfare, a private tours of the finest California vineyards led by Aldo Sohm, Wine Director of Le Bernardin. Winning bid: $17,000.


Bid Against Hunger was made possible thanks to Groupon, Voya, Watermill Trading, and the Wilf Family Foundation. Additional sponsors included Citi, Empire Merchants, the Institute of Culinary Education, I. Halper, Mandarin Oriental, smartwater®, Velocity, Virgin America, Dentons, Stella Artois, Edible Manhattan, Nobletree, Special Food Association, and Taylor Creative, Inc.

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About City Harvest

City Harvest pioneered food rescue in 1982 and, this year, will collect 55 million pounds of excess food to help feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers struggling to put meals on their tables.  Through relationships with farms, restaurants, grocers, and manufacturers, City Harvest collects nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste and delivers it free of charge to 500 soup kitchens, food pantries and other community food programs across the five boroughs.  City Harvest takes a long-term approach to hunger relief through itsHealthy Neighborhoods initiative.  In communities with elevated rates of food insecurity, poverty and diet-related illnesses, City Harvest has developed programs and partnerships to increase the availability of affordable, fresh produce and inspire healthy, budget-conscious meal choices through nutrition education.  To learn more about food rescue, hunger relief and Healthy Neighborhoods in New York City, visit


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