Past Events

Thank you for making The Art of Cooking a success!

Oct 16, 2014
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At this year’s Art of Cooking benefit dinner, supporters of The Sylvia Center gathered together to honor the teens and families we work with in New York City, along with John Unwin, CEO of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Throughout the night, supporters mingled with our teen chefs, their families and a cohort from Green City Force, a service corps organization TSC partners with that works with New York City Housing Authority young adults. Guests enjoyed a warm and delicious meal inspired by the teen chefs themselves, as honoree John Unwin shared stories on-stage about his moving experience at Katchkie Farm last fall, when he and his team of chefs spent the day cooking with Sylvia Center teen students.
The teens were recognized for their passion for good food that they share everyday in their homes and communities, and were presented with gifts to help them continue doing so—sets of essential kitchen equipment. For dessert, the teens were surprised with the opportunity to decorate their own cakes with Chef Rob from Great Performances.
With the generosity of our friends, families and supporters, we were able to surpass our fundraising goal at the event this year to raise over $550,000, which will—among other things—allow us to open a new site in 2015. Thank you to everyone who helped us make this year’s Art of Cooking such a success and so much fun!


Farm-to-Table Benefit Dinner 2014

Aug 5, 2014
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Thank you for a wonderful evening in the fields of Katchkie Farm!


at our Farm-to-Table benefit dinner!


Fruit Sponsor

Trudy Elbaum Gottesman & Robert Gottesman


Leaf Sponsor

Cindy & David Edelson

Judith R. & Alan H. Fishman

Nina Freedman & Michael Rosenbaum

Goldman Sonnenfeldt Foundation

Sigrid Gray

Steven Harris & Lucien Rees-Roberts

Renée Iacone & Steve Clearman

Michael Pollack & Barbara Marcus


Root Ticket

Jennifer Baum

Bella Meyer

Michael Scanlon

Kelly Schunk & Elliot Berkowitz



Edible Hudson Valley

Modern Farmer

Hudson Valley Seed Library

Brooklyn Roasting Company

Beth Linskey

Liz Neumark

Jim Colvin

Chef Albert Lovelace

Farmer Bob Walker


Thank you to Great Performances for the delicious dinner!


Special Thanks

Farmer Bob Walker

Katharine Carter

Chef Matthew Riznyk

Mallory Thomson

Josh Tierney


The Perfect Ten Students

Destiny Colins, Hudson

Markiah Gordon, Hudson

Damaris Shakespeare, Hudson


The Questar Students

Andrew Boqaush, Chatham

Connor Luksch, Taconic Hills

Amanda Craig, Ichabod Crane

Jordan Berryann, Hudson

Brandon Johnson, Greenville

Tristian Sweatt, Hudson

Emma Jewett, Coxsackie-Athens

Ajia Herring, Cairo-Durham

Taylor Warner, Coxsackie-Athens

Andrew McBride, Ichabod Crane


And thank you to all of our dinner volunteers from the Great Performances family and the Columbia County community for your hard work and passionate support.



Dinner Co-Chairs

Debbie Gardner

Steven Harris & Lucien Rees-Roberts

Renée Iacone


Dinner Committee Members

Rob Arango & Gary Stefanick

Peter Aschkenasy

John Banta & Daniel O’Donnell

Didi & David Barrett

Jennifer Baum

Elliot Berkowitz & Kelly Schunk

David & Betsy Berliner

Scott Berrie

Myra & Charles Biblowit

Warren & Lenny Collins

Jerry Croghan & Louis Hedgecock

Cindy & David Edelson

Sheldon Evans & Martha McMaster

Judith R. Fishman

Scott Frankel & Jim Joseph

Ben Giardullo

Nancy Ginsberg

Trudy Elbaum Gottesman

John Hannam

Nicholas Haylett & Timothy Husband

Bill Irwin & Martha Roth

Jacob Israelow & Tanushri Kumar

Beth Linskey

Stephen Metcalf & Koethi Zan

Amy & Curt Middleton

Liz Neumark & Chaim Wachsberger

Ornella Pisano & Pietro Rossini

Michael Pollack & Barbara Marcus

Ruth Reichl

Paul Shechtman & Bonnie Yochelson

Nina Simmons

Peter Spears & Brian Swardstrom



The Art of Cooking 2013

Oct 21, 2013
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Thank you to everyone who made The Art of Cooking such a successful, delicious and unforgettable evening!

On Tuesday, October 15th, thanks to the generosity of so many, we raised over $350,000 to fund The Sylvia Center’s Cooks for Health Program in New York City Housing Authority community centers. The event was the perfect moment to honor two early supporters of the Cooks for Health program: Rachael Ray and the Yum-o! organization, and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. The evening’s menu was curated by Rozanne Gold and inspired by The Sylvia Center’s seasonal and plant-based curriculum.

Student chefs from the Williamsburg NYCHA community center came and helped prepare hors d’oeuvres — including eggplant mozzarella crostini and green tomato gazpacho — and demonstrated some of the skills they have mastered through The Sylvia Center’s Cooks for Health program. They did a great job and had a blast talking about their favorite foods with Rachael Ray, whose natural enthusiasm and passion for healthy cooking with children inspired the evening.

We are overwhelmed with gratitude, and excited for the future. So many students will learn to cook in the coming year because of your support. Thanks to all for believing so much in the children we work with, and for making it possible for us to continue — and grow! — the work.

Here are just a few snapshots from the evening (click thumbnail to view full photo), and our brand-new video below, followed by special thanks to all our event sponsors, donors and supporters.






A big thank-you to all of our event supporters!


Gala Chairs

Cindy & David Edelson

Trudy Elbaum Gottesman & Robert Gottesman

Amy Todd Middleton & Curt Middleton

Liz Neumark & Chaim Wachsberger


Gala Committee

Sharon Avneri & Colin Finkelstein

Lizzie & Scott Domansky

Lara & Doug Holtz

Dina & David Weinstein

Amy Berlin Wolpert & Ivan Wolpert


Benefit Committee

Jody & John Arnhold

Ellen Ball

Donna & Anthony Barrett

Laura & Lloyd Blankfein

Alison Block & Stephane Gerson

Ashley Bradley

Allison Cayne

Ronnie Davis

Wendy Dessy

Leslie Dezer & Ricardo Salmon

Lauren & Lee Feldman

Nina Freedman & Michael Rosenbaum

Susan Freedman & Richard Jacobs

Karen Freedman & Roger Weisberg

James Frey

Barrie Glabman & Adam Schwartz

Rozanne Gold & Michael Whiteman

John G. Hall

Anne Heyman & Seth Merrin

Harriet & Len Holtz

Maureen & Jonathan Holtz

Robert L. Ireland, Jr.

Stacey & Curtis Lane

Fran & Jack Levy

Amanda & Marcel Lundberg

Jackie Mahal & Ben Segal

Dodi Meyer MD

Katie Michel

Janet Montag

Lori & David Moore

Gary Podell

Heidi & Richard Reiger

Rebecca & Arthur Samberg

Mindy Schneider & Michael Lesser

Tracy Chutorian Semler & Eric Semler

Jill & Howard Sharfstein

Peggy & David Tanner

Mish Tworkowski

Teri & Barry Volpert


Platinum Sponsor

Trudy Elbaum Gottesman & Robert Gottesman


Gold Sponsor

Tishman Speyer


Silver Sponsor


Cindy & David Edelson

Karen Freedman & Roger Weisberg

Nina Freedman & Michael Rosenbaum

Susan Freedman & Richard Jacobs

Liz Neumark & Chaim Wachsberger

Rebecca & Arthur Samberg

Alice & Tom Tisch

Joanne & Fred Wilson


Platinum Ticket

Ulrika & Joel Citron

Sherrell Andrews Kuhbach

Fran & Jack Levy

Teri & Barry Volpert


Gold Ticket

Susan Cahn & Mario Batali

Amy & Roger Faxon

Judith R. & Alan H. Fishman

Sonia Gardner

Robert L. Ireland Jr.

Madhu Katta

Stacey & Curtis Lane

Michael Pollack

Mindy Schneider & Michael Lesser

Margaret Segal & David Topper

Tracy Chutorian Semler & Eric Semler

Lisa Wolfe & Joseph Ravitch

Remco Van Vliet

Lise & Jeffrey Wilks


Auction Donors

Preston Bailey

Mark Bittman

Brooklyn Roasting Company


Fernanda Capobianco, Vegan Divas

Delaware North Companies

Cindy & David Edelson

Rob Endelman

Barbara Girodano

Rozanne Gold

Eve Goldberg

Great Performances

Steven Haigh, Zuma

Lara Holtz

Renee Iacone & Steve Clearman

The Jacobs Family

Zackary Lauth, Waited Collective

Loews Hotel

Manjiro Designs

Amy Todd Middleton

Murray’s Cheese

Nespresso USA

Paula Oland

Adam Platt

Ben Pollinger & Nick Livanos, Oceana

Paulette Tavormina

Farm to Table 2013

Aug 12, 2013
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We’d like to thank everyone who was involved with making our 6th Annual Farm to Table Dinner a lovely and successful experience!


Thank You to our Sponsors

Club Helsinki

Cafe Le Perche

Fish and Game

Great Performances

Katchkie Farm

The Lofgren Agency

The Law Office of John K. Friedman

Party Rental


Thank You to our Raffle Donors

Art Omi

Beth’s Farm Kitchen

Blackwood & Brouwer Booksellers

Kinderhook Farm


Murray’s Cheese

Cabot Cheese

One Girl Cookies

April Wachtel


Chatham Wine

Hawthorne Valley Association

American Pie

Clocktower Toys

Edible Magazine Hudson Valley

Modern Farmer

Museum of the City of New York

Maple Hill Creamery

Hudson Valley Seed Library

The Main Street Grainery

Samascott’s Garden Market


Thank you to our Auction Donors

Beth Linskey

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Kinderhook Farm

Liz Neumark

Matt Riznyk

Farmer Bob Walker


Dinner Co-Chairs

Debbie Gardner | Renée Iacone


Dinner Committee

Rob Arango

Peter Aschkenasy

John Banta

Jennifer Baum

Myra Biblowit

Mark Chaikowski

Joan Davidson

Cindy Edelson

Judy Fishman

Ben Giardullo

Nancy Ginsberg

John Hannam

Christine Jones

Beth Linskey

Martha McMaster

Lauren Mundy

Liz Neumark

Ornella Pisano

Ruth Reichl

Nina Simmons

Koethi Zan


Angel Supporters

Steven Harris & Lucien Rees Roberts

Winsome Brown & Claude Arpels

Mary McCormick


Special Thanks to

Farmer Bob Walke

Matthew Riznyk

Samantha Sherman

Josh Tierney


…and our family of over 30 volunteers and interns from Great Performances, The Sylvia Center, Katchkie Farm; and friends from NYC, Columbia County and Pennsylvania, who have provided this evening’s hospitality.