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Special Events

Attending City Harvest's events is a great way to support our work throughout the year.

An Evening of Practical Magic
Summer in the City
Past Events

Upcoming Events

Auctioneer Nicholas Lowry, Actor Richard Gere, Chef Eric Ripert

An Evening of Practical Magic

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Cipriani 42nd Street, 110 East 42nd Street
6:30 pm Cocktails & Silent Auction
(Dinner & Live Auction directly following)
7:30 pm Awards Presentation

Hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian, Chair, City Harvest Food Council

On April 24, 2014 New Yorkers from across the city will gather for the 20th Annual An Evening of Practical Magic to honor the City Harvest supporters whose efforts have played a significant role in the fight against hunger in New York City.

The gala, held at Cipriani 42nd Street, will raise funds to support City Harvest's work and will feature a special night of cocktails and a silent auction, followed by an elegant dinner and live auction. In 2013, the event attracted over 500 people and raised a record of over $2 million dollars for the organization and its programs.

This year, the event will honor City Harvest Board Member Benjamin Bram, Managing Member, Watermill Institutional Trading LLC, for his ongoing commitment to helping City Harvest feed New York's hungry. In addition, The Harry & Misook Doolittle Heart of the City Award, which recognizes an important partner who strengthens the impact City Harvest has throughout the city, will be presented to Eric Ripert, Maguy Le Coze and the Team of Le Bernardin.

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Lise and Michael Evans
Carola and Robert Jain
Pamela and Andrew Kaufmann
Kristen and Patrick McMahon
Heather Mnuchin
Sandra and Eric Ripert
Chris Hikawa and David Windreich

Dinner Chair
Arthur F. Backal

See pictures from last year's An Evening of Practical Magic:

For information on events including ticket purchases and sponsorship, please contact the Special Events department at 646.412.0656 or [email protected].

Special thanks to this year's sponsors:

Summer in the City

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street)
7:30-10:00 p.m. (VIP from 6:30-7:30 p.m.)

Summer in the City is the best restaurant tasting to kick off the summer featuring over 35 New York City chefs & restaurants, wine, specialty cocktails, entertainment and a silent auction! The event is attended by New York City’s young philanthropists and tastemakers. Last year Summer in the City attracted over 750 guests and raised $300,000 in support of City Harvest and its programs.

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Pictures from Summer in the City 2013

Event Co-Chairs

Joshua Blaine
Anna Lynn Oppenheimer
Melissa Principi
Scott Sherman

Past Events

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street)
Honoring Stacy and Joel Hock

Click here to see pictures from Bid Against Hunger

This year's Bid Against Hunger attracted nearly 1,000 people and raised $1.3 million for City Harvest. Guests bid on exclusive prizes in both the live and silent auctions, which included a dozen Cronuts that sold for $14,000, and a private wine class with Aldo Sohm and dinner for two prepared by Eric Ripert that sold for $42,000. Other prizes included vacation packages, sports memorabilia and other once in a lifetime culinary experiences. VIP Room guests enjoyed an exclusive tasting of regional purveyors' foods, passed hors d'oeuvres and high-end wines.


Mads Refslund                     

George Mendes     

Ardesia Wine Bar
Amorette Casaus

Matthew Lightner

Amitzur Mor

Beauty & Essex
Chris Santos

Benchmark Restaurant
Ryan Jaronik


Bryce Shuman

Blue Hill
Fausto Rivera

Blue Marble Ice Cream
Billy Barlow

Butcher Bar
Orlando Sanchez and
Matthew Katakis

Buttermilk Channel
Ryan Angulo

Lucas Santos and Walter Drobenko

Harold Moore

Ariane Daguin

Kunal Lamba and Dheeraj Tomar

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
John Stage
Donatella Restaurant
Donatella Arpaia and Andrea Jarosh

Dos Caminos
Ivy Stark

Fany Gerson

Éclat Chocolate
Christopher Curtin

Ed's Chowder House
Ed Brown and Justin Rowe

Ed's Lobster Bar
Ed McFarland

El Colmado
Seamus Mullen

FP Patisserie
François Payard


Frankies 570 Spuntino
Frank Falcinelli, Frank Castronovo and Ryan Bartlow

Amanda Freitag

Gramercy Tavern
Michael Anthony

Great Performances with Katchkie Farm
Matthew Riznyk

Hecho en Dumbo   
Danny Mena

High Road Craft Ice Cream
Keith Schroeder

Hudson Valley Foie Gras
Michael Ginor

Damian Brassel

Shaun Hergatt

Vikas Khanna and Adin Langille

Marc Murphy

Le Bernardin
Eric Ripert

Liddabit Sweets
Jennifer King

Loi Restaurant
Maria Loi

Mad Mac Macarons
Florian Bellanger and Ludovic Augendre

Jason Pfeifer
The Marrow
Harold Dieterle

Michael Jordan's The Steak
House N.Y.C.

Cenobio Canalizo

Laurent Manrique & Seadon Shouse

Murray's Cheese Bar
Rob Kaufelt

New York Cake Pops
Lerida Mojica

Ben Pollinger

Tom Valenti

people's pops
Joel Horowitz

Terrance Brennan

Pig & Khao
Leah Cohen

The Pines
John Poiarkoff

Pok Pok NY
Andy Ricker

Qi Restaurant
Pichet Ong

Dino Gatto

Jesse Schenker

Red Rooster Harlem & Ginny's
Supper Club

Marcus Samuelsson and Joel Harrington

Ron Ben-Israel Cakes
Ron Ben-Israel

Roni-Sue's Chocolates
Rhonda Kave

Rosa Mexicano
Joe Quintana

Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto
Cesare Casella

Saxelby Cheesemongers
Anne Saxelby and Benoit Breal

SD26 Restaurant & Wine Bar
Matteo Bergamini

Vittorio Assaf

Sirio Ristorante New York
Massimo Bebber

Strip House
Michael Vignola

Sullivan St Bakery
Jim Lahey

Pedro Duarte

Illene C. Shane

Dale Talde

T-Bar Steak & Lounge
Ben Zwicker

Larissa Raphael

This Little Piggy Had
Roast Beef

William Gallagher

Tom Cat Bakery
John Martinez

Tribeca Grill
Kamal Rose

Untitled at he Whitney Museum of American Art
Chris Bradley

Kurt Gutenbrunner

William Greenberg Desserts
Carol Becker

Worldwide-Soba, Inc
Shuichi Kotani



Brooklyn Soda Works

The Butterfly
Eben Freeman

Dassai Junmai Daijingo Sake

Joe Campanale

Rums of Puerto Rico


Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Ward III
Kenneth McCoy

Wines, Champagne and Spirits provided by Empire Merchants

More about the Event

Event Co-Chairs
Margaret and Randy Brown
Jason Carroll
Chris Hikawa
Stacy and Joel Hock
Pamela and Andrew Kaufmann
Heather and Steven Mnuchin
Amanda and Alex Morcos
Victor Ozeri
Kimberly Cooper and Orin Wilf

Restaurant Co-Chairs
Pamela and Marc Murphy
Tracy Nieporent
Sandra and Eric Ripert
Auction Co-Chairs
Joana Vicente and Jason Kliot


Summer in the City

June 19, 2013
Metropolitan Pavilion

Featuring special musical performances from Rakiem Walker Project and Howie Day

Generation Harvest's Summer in the City was a great success, raising $300,000 – enough to help City Harvest feed over 170,000 hungry New Yorkers for an entire week. Over 650 guests enjoyed delicious summer tastings and specialty cocktails from over 30 NYC chefs and restaurants, including double smoked beef brisket deckle from Butcher Bar, Pig & Khao's Yum Woonsen, and Melt Bakery's Morticia ice cream sandwich! Special thank you to our event sponsors including VIP Room sponsor Nespresso, Empire Merchants, Groupon and Rums of Puerto Rico. Click here to see pictures from the event!

VIP Lounge Sponsored by

Event sponsors

Media Partner Gotham magazine

On Your Plate

May 6, 2013
The Metropolitan Club
Featuring Martha Stewart, Founder, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
Honoring Pat Barrick, Vice President of External Affairs, City Harvest

This year's On Your Plate was a huge success, with over 200 guests in attendance and raising over $200,000, which will help provide more than 800,000 pounds of food for hungry New Yorkers.

Thank you to Martha Stewart for speaking at the event. Also, thank you to our event Co-Chairs Carol Atkinson, Joy Ingham, Gillian Miniter, Topsy Taylor, Meghan Carleton Young, and to Honorary Chair David Patrick Columbia. We were also pleased to honor City Harvest's own Pat Barrick, who is retiring after more than 12 years of service. Martha spoke about her Golden Rules for Aging Well, which are featured in her brand new book: Living the Good Long Life: A Practical Guide to Caring for Yourself and Others.

Honorary Chair
David Patrick Columbia

Event Co-Chairs
Carol Atkinson
Jennifer Carlston
Joy Ingham
Gillian Miniter
Topsy Taylor
Meghan Carleton Young

An Evening of Practical Magic

Honoring Chef Marc Murphy, Chef/Owner, Benchmarc Restaurants (Landmarc + Ditch Plains) and Benchmarc Events by Marc Murphy
Hosted by Ted Allen, host of Food Network's Chopped

Click here to download the journal

More about this event:

Our annual gala, An Evening of Practical Magic, raised $2 million in support of City Harvest's work. The event, held at Cipriani 42nd Street, was City Harvest's most successful fundraiser in our 30-plus year history.

The event honored chef Marc Murphy for his ongoing commitment to feeding hungry New Yorkers. The highlight of the evening was the live auction, which raised over $800,000. A private dinner with chefs Marc Murphy and Chris Santos sold for $46,000, and Grammy Award winner John Legend donated a private concert in a lucky bidder's home which sold for $110,000! Chef Eric Ripert wowed the audience during the grand finale when he called actor Richard Gere to the stage, and added him as a guest for a private dinner for 20 prepared in the winner's home. The bidding was fierce, and two bidders agreed to pay $220,000 each for the experience, for a total of $440,000! Guests also bid on other once-in-a-lifetime culinary experiences and exciting travel packages. Click here to see pictures from the gala, or click here to watch a video about our work that was shown at the event.

Event Co-chairs
Nina Rennert Davidson and Mitchell Davidson
Misook and Harry Doolittle
Lise and Michael Evans
Carola and Robert Jain
Pamela and Andrew Kaufmann
Heather and Steven Mnuchin
Sandra and Eric Ripert

Dinner Chair
Arthur F. Backal

The Harry & Misook Doolittle Heart of the City Award presented to

Thank you to this year's sponsors, including:

Media Partner Gotham magazine