NEW YORK - APRIL 24: EXCEPTIONAL VINTAGES: MAKING ALL THE DIFFERENCE
- UNIVERSITY SETTLEMENT'S 8TH ANNUAL FINE WINE DINNER & AUCTION on Tuesday April 24, 2012 at 82 Mercer Street
, New York City, NY.
celebrated its 8th Annual Fine Wine Dinner & Auction on April 24, 2012, at 82 Mercer Street
(between Spring and Broome) in New York City. A champagne reception started off the evening at 6pm followed by dinner and live auction at 7pm. Master Chef Jacques Pepin
and Master Pastry Chef Jacques Torres
prepare the five-course meal, which was paired with unforgettable wines selected by Master Sommelier Scott Carney
The event raised over half a million dollars and had about 150 people in attendance. Guests included: Gayle & Neil Aaron, Joel Altobello, Amy Baker, Marlene & Gary J. Baumann, Lair Bieger, Ann & Paul Brandow, Sarah & Stuart Britton, Lynn Chen, Ashley Davis, Edward Egilinsky, Sharon R. Egilinsky, James K. Finkel, Gary Fradin, Heather & Ethan Goldman, Michael Green, Nancy Hament, Peter Joseph, Jennifer & Steven Kasoff, Susan Kempler, Sarah & Joel Lusman, Deborah Lusman, Meghan Murphy, Ritu Sahai-Mittal & Manish Mittal, Loraine & Thomas W. Morgan, Jeannie Mun, Lars & Jean Neubohn, Jacques Torres, Jacques Pepin, Bill Platt, William Powell, Peter Prinstein, Van Robbins, Jeanine & Louis Salvatore, Richard Scarola, Benjamin Schall, Brad Scheler, Tom Stephenson, Hope & Alan Winters, and CK Zheng.
Guest sommeliers from the best restaurants in New York City were at each table. The guest sommeliers were from: A Voce, Ai Fiori, Aretsky's Patroon, Benoit, Cafe Boulud, David Burke Townhouse, Dovetail, Fishtail, Gordan Ramsay at the London, Junoon, L'Artusi, Le Bernardin, L'Ecole, PUBLIC, Saxon + Parole, and Tocqueville.
The menu included: Mushroom Soup; Crab with fresh morels, black truffle and fava bean vol au vent; Beef carpaccio with pesto vinaigrette, capers, red onions cisele and chives; Lamb stuffed with sage mousse; Chocolate dessert an cheese plate. The colorful menu card for the evening was designed by avid painter, Chef Pepin himself.
The evening concluded with a live auction with Charles Antin of Christie's. Items included classes at the French Culinary Institute, rare bottles of wine, the original hand-painted menu card by Chef Pepin, and a stay at a private home in Burgundy, France. The lively auctioneer called up the two chefs to the stage to help encourage the guests to bid. While on stage, Chef Pepin tried to unbutton Chef Torres chef's jacket, joking that a lucky bidder could spend the night with Chef Torres!
125 years ago, University Settlement
launched an innovative movement that changed New York City and the country. With University Settlement leading, settlement houses established the idea that immigrants and low-income families deserve basic services like quality education, decent housing, access to open space for exercise and health, and support for the aging. They proved that with a little help, these families could get a foothold on the American dream. Providing social services that give families a helping hand has become part of our national fabric. University Settlement
has continued to set the standard and invent best practices for others to follow in America. Today, University Settlement
has remained true to its first principle: to strengthen a community, you must strengthen families. And to strengthen a family, you must provide a range of services and support. Not just childcare. Not just after-school programs. Not just education for adults or meals for seniors. Providing integrated services that strengthen a whole family makes all the difference.
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