Last night over 40 top restaurants were delightfully featured at the wonderful Central Park Conservancy’s annual Taste of Summer Benefit at Bethesda Terrace.
Nearly a thousand guests attended the spectacular culinary fête under the stars of the city where they ate, drank and danced the night away to the music of DJ Hannah Bronfman. The evening presented by Macquarie benefited the Conservancy’s mission of keeping the New York City’s most popular outdoor space maintained and beautiful for all residents.
The gorgeous neighborhood Plaza Hotel served as this year’s Taste Café host with offerings from Billy’s Bakery, Eloise at The Plaza, Frannie’s YoArt, Luke’s Lobster, Ora Di Pasta, Pain D’Avignon, Piada, Sabi Sushi, The Palm Court, The Todd English Food Hall, Vin Sur Vingt and William Greenberg Desserts.
Additional restaurants at the party included: A Voce Columbus, Aretsky’s Patroon, The Back Room, Benoit New York, Bodega Negra at Dream Downtown, Canard, Casa Lever, Delaware & Hudson, Felice, Junoon, Kappo Masa, The Loeb Boathouse Central Park, Maccioni Restaurants, Maya, The Milling Room, Pampano Restaurant, Petrossian, Porter House Bar and Grill, Ristorante Morini, Rotisserie Georgette, Sant Ambroeus, The Smith, SOUTHGATE Bar & Restaurant, Spice Market, SUSHISAMBA, Tavern on the Green, Thalassa Restaurant, Toloache, Tulsi and VANDAL.
Great dishes included Maya’s Chipotle Rub Crusted Seared Tuna, Benoit’s Crab Salad, Southgates, Lobster Fritter, A Voce Columbus English Pea Zupetta, Todd English’s Lobster Rolls and Spice Market’s Soy Cured Salmon with Cilantro Creme Fraiche.
“This is our second year here,” said Spice Market Chef Christopher Stam while chatting about his lovely dish. “We came back because the venue is beautiful and it is a great cause. We always meet a lot of nice people who are interested in the cuisine.”
Some amazing deserts served were by Añejo Tribeca, Bridgewater Chocolate, Canard Inc., Loi Estiatorio, Serendipity 3 and Sprinkles. In between bites wines provided by Kim Crawford were sipped, along with spirits from William Grant & Sons, beer from Brooklyn Brewery and coffee from Illy Caffé.
All guests enjoyed the fantastic night and happily bid on a silent auction featuring priceless experiences in Central Park, vacation packages, tickets to events, culinary experiences, and more.
The stunning, botanical garden style setting was artistically produced by the very talented event designer Bryan Rafanelli of Rafanelli Events.
Event chairman included Kelly & Joe Coffey, Kristy & Jonathan Korngold, Carol Sutton Lewis & William M. Lewis, Jr., Laurie & Jay Mandelbaum, Gillian & Sylvester Miniter, and Melissa Vail & Norman C. Selby.
The mission of the Central Park Conservancy — a nonprofit organization founded in 1980 — is to restore, manage, and enhance Central Park in partnership with the public, for the enjoyment of all. Central Park Conservancy raises 75 percent of the annual budget essential to keeping Central Park beautiful. For more information on the Conservancy and Taste of Summer, please visit www.centralparknyc.org/taste.