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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

Bloomberg

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

Buccellati

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
 
 

What We Cooked & Why We Cooked It

Oct 14, 2013
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The Vegetable Fried Quinoa and Apple Galette are both easy and delicious fall recipes that the whole family can enjoy. The vegetable fried quinoa is a great way to introduce kids to the super nutritious and nutty grain, which is both a source of protein as well as a whole grain. The apple galette (a rustic tart) is a simple and classic dessert, and a wonderful way to highlight any seasonal fruit.

 

In class, students practiced knife and cooking skills, such a chiffonade, dice and sauté. They also learned how to make a flaky, tasty pastry dough from scratch.

 

Tips For Cooking These Recipes At Home

You can use a variety of fall produce in the vegetable fried quinoa. We used broccoli, carrots, and bok choy, but just about any fall vegetable will do, from kale to cauliflower. This recipe is also good with a little added spice such as jalapeno or sriracha. Students at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) St. Mary’s Community Center love spicy food, so they added some cayenne to their vegetable quinoa.

 

For best results, bake galette immediately after assembly to prevent the fruit from leaking out of the dough. Bake on the bottom rack of the oven to ensure that the bottom browns quickly and will not get soggy.
 
 

The Art of Cooking Gala Dinner & Live Auction

Sep 13, 2013
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Please join us on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 at Sotheby’s for The Art of Cooking, a gala dinner and live auction honoring Rachael Ray and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. All proceeds from this benefit dinner will go to support The Sylvia Center and our cooking programs in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) community centers. As a special treat, part of the dinner will feature dishes prepared by Sylvia Center chef instructors and student chefs!

 

Rachael Ray’s Yum-o! organization empowers kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking by teaching families to cook, feeding hungry kids and funding cooking education and scholarships. Since 2006, Yum-o! has teamed up with a variety of partner organizations to accomplish its three-tiered mission: Cook, Feed and Fund.

 

The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City facilitates innovative public-private partnerships citywide in areas including the environment, youth development, health, financial empowerment, volunteerism, and the arts. During the Bloomberg Administration, the Mayor’s Fund has helped pilot and expand several healthy eating initiatives including The Sylvia Center’s programming, the citywide school gardens initiative, salad bars in schools, and NYC Green Carts.

 

Through a partnership with Rachael Ray’s Yum-o! organization and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, The Sylvia Center provides healthy cooking and nutrition classes in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) community centers that reach over 2,000 children and teens each year. The program helps young people develop knowledge of and love for cooking, become conscious consumers, and make healthy food choices for themselves and their families.

 

The mission of The Sylvia Center is to inspire children to eat well through hands-on learning experiences on the farm and in the kitchen. Through our programs, children learn what fresh food is, how delicious it tastes, and how to prepare it for themselves and their families.  We teach skills that inspire children to establish independent healthy eating habits—so that they may lead healthy and productive lives.

 

Sponsorship Tables and Tickets

To ensure that your entire contribution goes toward supporting our programs at The Sylvia Center, please note that our preferred method of payment is via check. This will help us avoid credit card and ticket fees.

 

Click here to print out the reply card to send with your check. Please make checks payable to The Sylvia Center and send your payment to:

 

The Sylvia Center Art of Cooking Gala

c/o McEvoy & Associates

32 Union Square East

Suite 406

New York, NY 10003

 

Individual tickets are also available online here.

 

Diamond Sponsor  $50,000

Provides funding for one NYCHA Community Center after school and family cooking program for one year and one 6-month, fulltime Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm internship. Includes Premium table of 10; Diamond electronic journal ad; recognition in program and online materials; acknowledgment from the podium. $48,500 is tax-deductible.

 

Platinum Sponsor  $35,000

Provides funding for one NYCHA Community Center after school and family cooking program for one year. Includes Prominent table of 10; Platinum electronic journal ad; recognition in program and online materials; acknowledgment from the podium. $33,500 is tax-deductible.

 

Gold Sponsor  $20,000

Provides funding for youth and teen cooking program at one NYCHA Community Center for one year. Includes table of 10; Gold electronic journal ad; recognition in program and online materials. $18,500 is tax-deductible.

 

Silver Sponsor  $12,500

Provides funding for family cooking program at one NYCHA Community Center for one year. Includes table of 10; Silver electronic journal ad; recognition in program and online materials. $11,000 is tax-deductible.

 

Platinum Benefit Ticket  $2,500

One ticket to the benefit. Recognition in program and online materials. $2,350 is tax-deductible.

 

Gold Benefit Ticket  $1,250

One ticket to the benefit. Recognition in program. $1,100 is tax-deductible.

 

Silver Benefit Ticket  $750

One ticket to the benefit. $600 is tax-deductible.

 

Electronic Journal Ads

An ad buys you time in our electronic journal, which will be prominently projected throughout the evening. Ads due by September 30, 2013

Diamond Ad  $2,500

Platinum Ad  $1,500

Gold Ad  $1,000

Silver Ad  $500

 

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

Alison Block & Stephane Gerson

Ashley Bradley

Donna & Anthony Barrett

Laura & Lloyd Blankfein

Alison Cayne

Ronnie Davis

Wendy Dessy

Leslie Dezer & Ricardo Salmon

Lauren & Lee Feldman

Karen Freedman & Roger Weisberg

Nina Freedman & Michael Rosenbaum

Susan Freedman & Richard Jacobs

James Frey

Barrie Glabman & Adam Schwartz

Rozanne Gold & Michael White

Anne Heyman & Seth Merrin

John G. Hall

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

John Rhea

Heidi & Richard Rieger

Betsey Ruprecht

Rebecca & Arthur Samberg

Tracy Chutorian Semler & Eric Semler

Jill & Howard Sharfstein

Peggy & David Tanner

Teri & Barry Volpert

 

 

Fall Harvest Day & Community Potluck

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