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When: Wednesday, June 1, 2011, 7:00 – 11:00pm
What: Central Park Conservancy’s Taste of Summer will kick off the season with over 1,000 guests, under the stars in Central Park, enjoying the ultimate tasting event of culinary delights prepared by over 40 renowned New York chefs, a VIP Cafe hosted by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, a luxury-filled silent auction, and dancing to Tom Finn, one of the City’s hottest DJs. Funds raised will benefit the Conservancy and its mission to maintain and preserve Central Park.
Participating restaurants include Asia de Cuba, Bice Ristorante, BLT Market, Brasserie Cognac, Brasserie Les Halles, Bridgewater Chocolate, The Carlyle Restaurant, The Central Park Boathouse, China Grill, Ciao Bella Gelato, Ed’s Chowder House, Geisha, GILT, Ivy Bakery, Junoon, Le Cirque, Maya Restaurant, New Leaf Restaurant & Bar, The Palm Court at The Plaza, Park Avenue Summer, Quality Meats, SD26 Restaurant & Wine Bar, Serafina, Serendipity, South Gate at the Jumeirah Essez House, STK Meatpacking, STK Midtown, Sushisamba, Swifty’s Restaurant, Thalassa Restaurant.
Who: The Trustee Chairmen are Jay Mandelbaum and Norman Selby. The Host and Benefit Committees include Gillian Miniter, James Andrew, Muffie Potter Aston, Ashley Baker, Edward Barsamian, Mario Buatta, Ashley Bush, Lauren Bush, Sharon Bush, David Patrick Columbia, Peter Davis, Andrea Greeven Douzet, Somers Farkas, Kristy and Jonathan Korngold, Jill Lafer, James LaForce, Alexandra Lebenthal, Peter Max, Patrick McMullan, Vanessa Noel, Yesim Philip, Hunt Slonem, Felicia Taylor and John Truex.
Where: This al fresco event will be held in a tent in front of Central Park’s Naumburg Bandshell, in the middle of the Park at 72nd Street.
RSVP: Tickets are $350 per person. Tables in theVIP Cafe are $8,000 and $12,000 each.For more information and tickets please visit firstname.lastname@example.org
About The Central Park Conservancy:
The Central Park Conservancy is a private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1980 as a public-private partnership with the City of New York to restore Central Park to its former splendor, after decades of neglect, and to manage and preserve it for present and future generations. Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, corporations, foundations, and the City, the Conservancy has invested over $530 million to date into the Park, transforming it into a model for urban parks worldwide. Through events like this, the Conservancy is able to provide 85 percent of Central Parks $37.4 million annual budget. For more information on the Conservancy please visit