Newman’s Own Foundation Matching Challenge

Nov 18, 2015
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From November 24th to December 1st
Help us raise $10,000 and Newman’s Own Foundation will match it!

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For the past two years, Newman’s Own Foundation has been supporting The Sylvia Center’s Cooks for Health program based in New York City public housing community centers. In our classes, young people learn the essential culinary skills they need to make healthy food for themselves and their families.


For the first time, we have been offered an exciting opportunity to earn up to $10,000 in matching funds during the Newman’s Own Foundation Challenge.


Any gift made from Nov 24 to Dec 1 on Crowdrise will have double the impact – that means your contribution will buy double the amount of ingredients, teach twice as many young people about cooking, and buy twice as many seeds for the garden next season.


Help us raise $10,000 from November 24th to December 1st and Newman’s Own Foundation will match it for a grand total of $20,000!


Donate Today!


Join us on Facebook and invite your friends — together we can inspire more young people and their families to eat well.


Thank you for making Art of Cooking a success!

Oct 29, 2015
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At this year’s Art of Cooking benefit dinner, over 225 supporters of The Sylvia Center gathered together to celebrate the teen graduates of our new Culinary Apprenticeship program, for their dedication to teaching healthy cooking to the youth in their own communities, and to honor Sam Sifton, Food Editor for The New York Times, for his belief in the health and human benefits of fresh food for young people and families everywhere.


The 25 teen Culinary Apprentices completed an intensive, 60-hour culinary and food systems course, and learned how to teach a simplified version of TSC’s curriculum. Over the summer, the teens taught over 800 youth in their own communities how to cook healthy, delicious food.


We have long had the vision that eventually the students we teach would have the opportunity to go into their communities as leaders. With simple tools, hard work, training, and support, this first group of our new program has proven that they can and will take charge of their own diets. By doing so, they inspire their families and the children they have worked with to try new things, eat more vegetables, and learn to cook simple, healthy meals so that they can all lead healthy and productive lives.


A big thanks to our benefit committee, board, sponsors, and attendees for making this lively evening of cooking, eating, and celebrating such a success.











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Cindy and David Edelson

Nina Freedman and Michael Rosenbaum

Trudy Elbaum Gottesman and Robert Gottesman

Lara and Doug Holtz

Amy Todd Middleton and Curt Middleton

Liz Neumark and Chaim Wachsberger

Alaina Sparks and Ron Klein



Sherrell Andrews and Rob Kuhbach

Courtney Archer-Buckmire

Jody and John Arnhold

Sharon Avneri and Colin Finkelstein

Lynn Cole and Ian Rosenblum

Ronnie Davis

Steven and Judy Elbaum

Amy and Roger Faxon

Karen Freedman and Roger Weisberg

Susan Freedman and Richard Jacobs

Debbie and Ralph Gardner

Howard and Janet Ginsburg

Dorian Goldman and Marvin Israelow

Harriet and Len Holtz

Renee Iacone and Steve Clearman

Beth Jacobs

Alex Kristofcak and Daniel Bersohn

Amanda and Marcel Lundberg

Jackie Mahal and Ben Segal

Dean  and Katherine Martinus

Dodi Meyer

Lee and Fritz Michel

Laura and Michael Miller

Janet and Tom Montag

Michael Muzyk and Teresa Chaisson-Muzyk

Annika Pergament and Michael O’Looney

Michael Pollack and Barbara Marcus

Heidi and Richard Rieger

Amanda and Michael Salzhauer

Lee Schrager

Tracy Chutorian Semler and Eric Semler

Ryan Simonetti

Robin and Jeremy Stein

Mish Tworkowski and Joseph Singer

David and Dina Weinstein

Katie Workman and Gary Freilich

Stephanie Young and James Rouhandeh

Vivian and Jim Zelter



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Trudy Elbaum Gottesman and Robert Gottesman



Bloomberg Philanthropies

Nancy and Fred Poses



Cindy and David Edelson

Nina Freedman and Michael Rosenbaum

Karen Freedman & Roger Weisberg

Susan Freedman & Richard Jacobs

Liz Neumark and Chaim Wachsberger

Lisa Wolfe & Joseph Ravitch



Jody & John Arnhold


Steven and Judy Elbaum

Michael Pollack

Heidi and Richard Rieger

Tracy Chutorian Semler and Eric Semler

Alice & Tom Tisch



Constance Beaty

Amy Butte

Joseph Levy

Christine McConnell

Janet & Tom Montag

Scott Millstein & Jae Lee

Peggy & David Tanner

John Unwin



Brooklyn Roasting Company

Kosta Browne

Castello di Vicarello

Delaware & Hudson

Jean Hanff Korelitz

Harlem Jazz Enterprises

Hot Bread Kitchen

In Pursuit of Tea

Joto Sake

Katchkie Farm

Kinderhook Farm

Kings County Wines

Loews Hotels & Resorts


Robert & Marisa Margolis

Memento Mori

Murray’s Cheese

Realm Cellars

Reuling Vineyard

Jill Santopietro

Talbot & Arding

Valley Variety



Charles Antin

Bastille Flowers

Domenico Valentino Selections

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Terri Lee

Molly Middleton

New York Distilling Co.

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The Great Performances Culinary and Event Team


Our Very First Annual Report Has Been Published!

Sep 24, 2015
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We are very happy to announce that we have published our very first Annual Report for The Sylvia Center. See what we accomplished together in 2014 by clicking the link here. And if you’d like to request a hardcopy of the report, email info@sylviacenter.org.



The Sylvia Center Rings NASDAQ Closing Bell

Aug 12, 2015
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On August 11, 2015, The Sylvia Center had the very exciting opportunity of ringing NASDAQ’s Closing Bell. Program Manager Whitney Reuling attended the ceremony and was joined by intern Makshya Tolbert, chef assistant (and former student) Chris Santos, and student teacher, Omou Barry, who is a participant of our TASC (The After School Corporation) program. The ceremony was broadcast live on major news outlets, including CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business. It was very memorable experience for the team! Check out the video below.