It was a grand celebration last night at Cipriani as the beloved Citi Taste of Tennis hosted it’s 20th anniversary of great food and drinks mixed with sparkling displays of some of the leading figures in the sports world. A portion of the proceeds raised benefit New York Junior Tennis and Learning.
Hundreds of attendees gathered at the premier lifestyle event on the tennis tour, Citi’s Taste of Tennis, which offers foodies and tennis fans an evening of incredible cuisine prepared by top local chefs and “served” by the top pro tennis players.
Venus Williams, Serena Williams, boxing legend Mike Tyson and John Isner and were on hand as well as award-winning chef and Top Chef Alum Richard Blais. This evening’s divine entertainment by The Rakiem Walker Band and reggae artist, Naomi Cowen had the crowd dancing the night away.
“To be here tonight is really rewarding. This is one of my favorite events. It is very exciting to be here and representing our brand,” said Chef Anastacia Song at the American Cut table.
This year’s chef line up included: Richard Blais (Juniper and Ivy), Masaharu Morimoto (Morimoto), Sujan Sarkar (Baar Baar), Edward Lee (Milkwood), Chef Bao Bao (Boaburg), Lamar Moore (The Swill Inn), Rory Macdonald (Patisserie Chanson), Kerry Heffernan (Grand Banks), Michael Han (Ortzi), Julian Medina (La Chula/Latineria), Mina Newman (Sen Sakana), Cedric Tovar (Lotte NY Palace), John Stage (Dinosaur BBQ), Neil Cline (British Virgin Islands), Sani Hebaj (Dabble @ The Conrad), Mike Viola (Boars Head), Anastacia Song (American Cut) This year’s expected player lineup* includes: John Isner, Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens, Coco Gauff, Andy Roddick, Elina Svitolina, Alexander Zverev, Milan Tyson, Gaël Monfils, Feliciano Lopez, Mischa Zverev, Daniil Medvedev, Felix Auger Aliassime, Belinda Bencic, Monica Puig , Bethanie Mattek Sands , Stefano s Tsi t si p as , Denis Shapovalov, Nick Kyrgios, Danielle Collins and more.
The Citi Taste of Tennis series is produced by AYS Sports Marketing and is the brainchild of AYS’ founders Judi and Penny Lerner . Both longtime tennis fans, Judi and Penny dreamed of creating an event that combined the international appeal of fine food and professional tennis. And so the Citi Taste of Tennis was born.
Additional sponsors included: Lotte New York Palace, The British Virgin Islands, Zonin Prosecco, Remedy, Boar’s Head, Oban, Diplomático Rum, VOSS, CopperGel, Jamaica, Daou, Grand Brulot, WalkersWood Caribbean Foods, Natalie’s, El Espol ó n Tequila, GrandMarnier, SKYY Vodka, Aperol Spritz, Appleton Estate Rum, Bulldog London Dry Gin, Campari, Völkl, ChefWorks, TossWare, FOH, KIND, EAT ME GUILT FREE, Lolli & Pops, Stash, Simply Gum, Vegan Rob’s, Kosandrinos Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Goodwipes, Brooklyn Bites, Smash Mallow, RipVan Wafels, Beach Modern Luxury, Hamptons, and New York Tennis Magazine.