Last night, the Institute of Culinary Education celebrated at Rockefeller Center at Citymeals-on-Wheels’ A Taste of Home benefit. The yearly culinary event brings together many of the country’s most acclaimed chefs to celebrate the heritage and legacy of James Beard and food in America.
The event dates back to 1985 when twelve devotees of James Beard came together to celebrate his life and love of cooking, all while giving to Citymeals-on-Wheels. Beard co-founded Citymeals-on-Wheels along with Gael Greene to feed homebound elderly New Yorkers.
With a long history of bringing together the country’s greatest chefs for one amazing evening, the event did not disappoint this year. The roster of chefs included Daniel Boulud, Dominique Ansel, Larry Forgione, Marc Forgione, Bryan Forgione, Nobu Matsuhisa, Bill Telepan, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Tom Colicchio, Scott Conant, Aaron Sanchez, Charlie Palmer, David Burke and Alfred Portale, among many others.
At last night’s event, over 1,000 guests mingled through the famed Rockefeller Center garden and terraces, sampling exquisite cuisine, sipping wine and cocktails, and dancing under the stars.
ICE students volunteered to work alongside these renowned chefs and help prepare the outstanding menu. To name just a few examples of the exceptional dishes, Telepan offered a delicious Potato & Farmer’s Cheese Pierogi with Scallions and Brown Butter; Matshuhisa served Bara Zushi Seasoned Sushi Rice with Vegetable or Fish Garnish, along side Miso Soup; and Vongerichten dished up Bacon-wrapped Shrimp with Cherry Mustard Sauce. The evening was emceed by Food Network star Sandra Lee who honored the chefs alongside Citymeals-on-Wheels co-founder Gael Greene.
The event has raised more than $15 million for Citymeals-on-Wheels over the years. The organization offers meals and companionship to thousands of elderly New Yorkers. We are proud to support Citymeals-on-Wheels and be part of such a wonderful evening.