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Central Park Conservancy
2011 Taste of Summer

CPC Taste of Summer
Taste of Summer.

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On Wednesday, June 1, 2011, Central Park Conservancy held its Taste of Summer event. The 16th annual event raised nearly $650,000, which will help maintain and preserve Central Park.  Over 1,000 guests filled the big white tent in front of the Naumburg Bandshell to sample and enjoy the gourmet delights provided by forty renowned New York chefs and restaurants.  Ed Libby & Company created the décor.  DJ Tom Finn kept the dance floor filled throughout the night.

Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group hosted the event’s VIP Café with Blue Smoke’s Jason Krantz and Jennifer Giblin, Gramercy Tavern’s Mike Anthony and Nancy Olson; Tabla’s Floyd Cardoz; The Modern’s Gabriel Kreuther and Marc Aumont; Union Square Café’s Carmen Quagliata; Union Square Event’s Robb Garceau and Dan Keehner.

Conservancy President Doug Blonsky and Women’s Committee President Gillian Miniter greeted revelers who included Kitty Kempner, Liz and Jeff Peek, Patsy and Jeff Tarr, Suzanne and Bob Cochran, Charlotte and Vittorio Assaf, Blaine and Robert Caravaggi and Pat Attoe. The event’s Trustee Chairmen were Jay Mandelbaum and Norman Selby.

Committee members included Muffie Potter Aston, Ashley Baker, Edward Barsamian, Mario Buatta, Ashley Bush, Lauren Bush, Sharon Bush, David Patrick Columbia, Dave Davis, Peter Davis, Andrea Greeven Douzet, Somers Farkas, Suzanne and Woody Johnson, Kristy and Jonathan Korngold, Jill Lafer, James LaForce, Alexandra Lebenthal, Peter Max, Patrick McMullan, Vanessa Noel, Yesim Philip, Felicia Taylor and John Truex.

Other restaurants and chefs included: Asia de Cuba – John DiLeo; Bice Ristorante – Silverio Chavez; BLT Market – Laurent Tourondel; Brasserie Cognac – Florian Hugo; Brasserie Les Halles – Carlos Llaguno; Bridgewater Chocolate; The Carlyle Restaurant – Jacques Sorci; The Central Park Boathouse – Fred Mero; China Grill, Inc. – Bradley Day; Ciao Bella Gelato – Danilo Zecchin; Columbus Tavern – Phil Conlon; Ed's Chowder House – Ed Brown and John Miele; Geisha – Richard Lee; GILT – Justin Bogle; Ivy Bakery – Daniellan Louie; Junoon – Vikas Khanna; Le Cirque – Craig Hopson; Maya Restaurant – Richard Sandoval; New Leaf Restaurant & Bar – Scott Q. Campbell; Orsay – Antoine Camin; The Palm Court at The Plaza – Willis Loughhead; Park Avenue Summer – Kevin Lasko; The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English – Mike Suppa; Quality Meats – Stratos Georgedakis and Scott Tacinelu; Serafina – Freddy Duarte; Serendipity 3 – Stephen Bruce; South Gate at Jumeirah Essex House – Kerry Heffernan; STK Meatpacking & STK Midtown – Adriano Ricco and Humberto Leon; SUSHISAMBA – Fernando Navas; Swifty’s Restaurant – Stephen Attoe; Thalassa Restaurant – Raphael Abrahante and Trattoria Dell 'Arte -Brando De Oliveira.

A silent auction included such items as a Tiffany & Co. Bridget satchel; a coveted reservation for eight at Rao’s, a dinner for four in the private skybox at Daniel; a stay in the Penthouse at James New York; a private tour of Isaac Mizrahi’s Studio including a private lunch for you and a guest with Isaac; private cocktail party at Luca Luca after store hours and winner gets a cocktail dress; a New York City marathon package which includes finish-line tickets and the pre-marathon cocktail party; a weekend at the Plaza Athenee plus a private tour of Central Park; a haircut at the John Barrett Salon; two tickets to the Lela Rose Spring 2012 fashion show; Vanessa Noel private party and shopping experience for 30 guests; a one week stay at Villas by Linda Smith in Jamaica and Jewelry by CIRCA.

Wines were generously provided by Georges Duboeuf and Hob Nob.

CPC President Doug Blonsky, Kitty Kempner, CPC Chairman Tom Kempner, CPC Women's Committee Chairman Gillian Miniter
CPC President Doug Blonsky, Kitty Kempner, CPC Chairman Tom Kempner, CPC Women's Committee Chairman Gillian Miniter.

Laurie Mandelbaum and Jay Mandelbaum
Laurie Mandelbaum and Jay Mandelbaum.

  Bob Cochran and CPC Trustee Suzanne Cochran
Bob Cochran and CPC Trustee Suzanne Cochran.

Bob Garceau, Michael Romano, Danny Meyer, Nancy Olsen
Bob Garceau, Michael Romano, Danny Meyer, Nancy Olsen.

Somers Farkas and Muffie Potter Aston
Somers Farkas and Muffie Potter Aston.

  Alexandra Ronondi and Vittorio Assaf
Alexandra Ronondi and Vittorio Assaf.

Alexandra Lebenthal and Mario Buatta
Alexandra Lebenthal and Mario Buatta.

  Michael Newhouse and Elyse Newhouse
Michael Newhouse and Elyse Newhouse.

Trustee Chairman Jay Mandelbaum, CPC Women's Committee Chairman Gillian Miniter, CPc VP Terri Coppersmith, CPC President Doug Blonsky
Trustee Chairman Jay Mandelbaum, CPC Women's Committee Chairman Gillian Miniter, CPc VP Terri Coppersmith, CPC President Doug Blonsky.

Alexandra Lebenthal, Jeff Peek, Liz Peek
Alexandra Lebenthal, Jeff Peek, Liz Peek.

  Evan Uhlick and Aston Abbott
Evan Uhlick and Aston Abbott.

Gillian Miniter and Sylvester Miniter
Gillian Miniter and Sylvester Miniter.

Jeff Tarr and Patsy Tarr
Jeff Tarr and Patsy Tarr.

  Alexis Clark and Michele Smith
Alexis Clark and Michele Smith.

John Foster, Stephanie Foster, Doug Blonsky
John Foster, Stephanie Foster, Doug Blonsky.

Nathan Hunt, Corrie Schankler, Leah Penney, Kate Leitch, Terrence Kooyker
Nathan Hunt, Corrie Schankler, Leah Penney, Kate Leitch, Terrence Kooyker.

Sylvester Miniter and Robert Caravaggi
Sylvester Miniter and Robert Caravaggi.

Andrea Greeven Douzet, Alexandra Lebenthal, Gillian Miniter
Andrea Greeven Douzet, Alexandra Lebenthal, Gillian Miniter.

Lauren Cochran, Dana Shultz, Rob Cochran, Nina Marino
Lauren Cochran, Dana Shultz, Rob Cochran, Nina Marino.

Photos: Images 3,8,12,14-16, 18 Ann Watt. All others by Nick Hunt/PatrickMcMullan.com
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