Last night at Chelsea Piers, enCourage Kids Foundation hosted the Serving Up Smiles Tasting Event for the second year in a row. The fantastic event at CURRENT at Pier 59 was the place to be this week.
Chef Chris Nirschel, playfully known as the Culinary Bad Boy, was the Master of Ceremonies where his emcee skills made him a rather good old boy on this very special night to raise funds for those in need. The beautiful evening full of good vibes and delicious food helped bring awareness for the 275,000 children and families that enCourage Kids Foundation serves, supports and uplifts.
“We are incredibly excited and appreciative to have the enthusiasm of these amazing chefs and restaurants who are supportive of our mission,” said Michele Hall-Duncan, Executive Director, enCourage Kids Foundation. Proceeds from the event will help kids facing health challenges to be carefree kids by creating environments and experiences that help them through each step of their medical journey.
Thirty-one years ago, enCourage Kids opened its doors and hearts to children battling chronic, serious, or life threatening illnesses and injuries. With their needs in mind, the group has developed unique, family-centered programs that use entertainment and technology to make hospital visits a little less frightening and have created exciting family outings that make everyday life a little more fun.
Participating restaurants for the night included: Butter – Chef Michael Jenkins, El Toro Blanco – Chef Josh Capon, Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse – Chef Admir Alibasic, Robert Restaurant – Chef Luisa Fernandes, Kellari – Chef Dan Nistorescu , Cowfish – Chef David Hersh., Melt Shop – Chef Spencer Rubin, Buns Bar – Chef Viko Ortega, Arcade Bakery – Baker and Owner Roger Gural, Bryant Park Grill – Pastry Chef Anne-Marie Noonan, Café 2 & Terrace 5 at MoMA – Chef Dan Jackson, The City Bakery – Baker and Owner Maury Rubin, Melt Bakery – Pastry Chef and Owner Julian Plyter and Carlo’s Bakery (Cake Boss) – Baker and Owner Buddy Valastro. Enoclassica, Pinot Project, Post Wine and Spirits, Disaronno, Barterhouse, Soltado Spicy Añejo Tequila and Tito’s Handmade Vodka are the Spirits and Wine sponsors for the evening.
In attendance were NFL legends Tony Richardson and Christian Peter, Mike Puma, Shelly Rome, Sasha Cohen and more.
Amazing music was provided by Live Wire Entertainment, who provided the perfect background for guests as they sampled the city’s hottest chefs and sample signature dishes, delectable cocktails and delicious wines from an elite roster of restaurants.
Generous sponsors for Serving Up Smiles were American Airlines, Bryant Park Grill, Capital One Bank, Cougar Capital, The Feil Family Foundation, Robert Restaurant, Sanders Family, Signature Bank, Lucy & David Ball, Buchbinder & Warren, Excel Global Security, Principal Building Services and Titan Advisors.
For more information on this fantastic organization please visit www.encourage-kids.org.