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Gourmets and Collectors

Originally Posted: March 22, 2007

Nicole B. Brewer

New York City's top chefs gathered at Pier Sixty for the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) annual benefit, which raised $675,000 at the end of February. C-CAP founder Richard Grausman, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Zabar's Stanley Zabar, Zagat Survey® founder Tim Zagat and celebrity chef Marcus Sameulsson lead the festivities along with The Today Show's Al Roker. This year, C-CAP honored Lidia Bastianich on her birthday for her outstanding contributions as a chef, cookbook author, restaurant owner and philanthropist. Lidia Bastianich received the C-CAP Honors Award, which was previously given to Thomas Keller, Charlie Palmer, Danny Meyer and Michael Romano, Daniel Boulud, Jacques Pepin, Egidiana and Sirio Maccioni, Nina and Tim Zagat, and Saul and Stanley Zabar.

Al Roker and Deborah Grausman with Metropolitan Opera performers at the C-CAP
annual benefit. Photo by Elisabeth Robert Photography

Harriette Rose Katz Events/Gourmet Advisory Services orchestrated the event at Pier Sixty where nearly 800 people gathered for the tasting provided by chefs Andrew Carmellini of A Voce, Alison Awerbuch of Abigail Kirsch, Marcus Samuelsson and Johan Svensson of Aquavit, Rachel Lansang of Aureole, Waldy Malouf of Beacon, William Gallagher of Becco, Eric Woods of Blue Fin, Michael Schulson of Buddakan, Joseph Paulino of Café de Artistes, John Fraser of Compass, Doug Psaltis of Country, Karen DeMasco of Craft, Dominique Ansel and Daniel Boulud of Daniel, Mark Ladner of Del Posto, David Pasternack of Esca, Fortunato Nicotra of Felidia, Christian Fantoni of Fiamma Osteria, Christopher Lee of Gilt, Alfred Portale of Gotham Bar and Grill, Marc Murphy and Frank Proto of Landmarc, Marc Aumont of The Modern, Masaharu Morimoto of Morimoto, Matt Hoyle of Nobu 57, Ben Pollinger of Oceana, Alfred Stephens of Olives, Richard Sandoval of Pampano and Maya, Bill Peet of Patroon, Philippe Bertineau of Payard Patisserie and Bistro, Michael Lomonaco of Porter House New York, Jimmy Lappalainen of Riingo, Odette Fada of San Domenico NY, Patricia Yeo of Sapa, Sarabeth Levine of Sarabeth's, Michael Tong of Shun Lee Palace, Larissa Raphael of Telepan, John Johnson of Town and Carmen Quagliata at Union Square Cafe.

Guests were dazzled by the cuisine and bid on remarkable silent auction items like luxurious vacations, exclusive dinner reservations, autographed cookbook sets and in-your-own-home dinner parties prepared by some of the evening's participating chefs. C-CAP has been providing culinary equipment and education, as well as scholarships totaling over $18 million, to underserved high school students across the United States since 1990.

Robert and Victoria Lindgren, Lisa Gorrivan, Darren Bagert, and Philip Gorrivan at
the Winter Antiques Show's annual Young Collector's Night. Photo by Cutty McGill

A young, social and hip crowd put on their finery and headed for the Seventh Regiment Armory on Park Avenue Armory for The Winter Antiques Show's annual Young Collector's Night chaired by Emily Keno, Karen Kemp Glover, Laura L'Esperance, Charles Rockefeller, Genevieve Wheeler Brown and Michael J. O'Neal. The show benefits The East Side House Settlement After a few hours of intense perusing through the famed exhibitions, many headed downtown to the Sherry Netherland Hotel and down the magic red staircase into Doubles to unwind.

The club's Junior Committee, under the leadership of Allison and Jay Aston, Marisa Noel Brown, Miguel Duenas, Nicole Hanley, Donna Johnson, Samantha Leas Gauntt, Elizabeth Meigher, Nick Papanicolaou, Tatiana Papanicolaou, John Royall, Georgina Schaeffer, Ann and George Baker IV and Guiding Light Wendy Carduner hosted their own Junior Collector's dinner dance. The space was decorated elegantly with flowers, pink tablecloths and a disco ball to give the dance floor some sizzle. Guests included Lisa Gorrivan, celebrating her birthday with her husband Philip and friends Robert and Victoria Lindgren, and Darren Bagert, Harrison LeFrak, Amanda Richman in a devastating black and white column, with Douglas Wurtz, Sam and Sherry Pryor, the above mentioned Michael O'Neal, Anna Sibley in Vivian Tam, Tana and Bill Dye, Darcy Jones, Thorne Perkin, Leslie and Mark Hull, Daria de Koning, Alexandra Papanicolaou, Michael Sokolow, Katherine Bohannan, William Fitzgerald, Carolyn Harrold, Walter Tomenson, Chantal McLaughlin, Quest Magazine's Edward Barsamian, Cyndee Blank, The Ingrao Gallery's Philip Thomas, Gillian and Alger Boyer, Elizabeth Hartnet in a vintage black and white sequined tunic with a white rabbit fur purse, and Melissa Berkelhammer.

Friends mingled amid laughter and clinking glasses hitting the buffet where delicious platters of lobster crab cakes, Mediterranean grilled chicken, and the famous Doubles organic Burger accompanied by an assortment of cold plates, including eggplant caponate, country Greek salad, Thai beef salad, beet salad and guacamole. If this wasn't enough, many guests circled back around to enjoy the sumptuous dessert table, which was filled with cakes and fresh fruit. After dinner, guests kicked up their heels and danced the night away.

Among those who got the temperature rising were Scott Cragg, Alexis Vandermije, Philip Bartow, Simona Pelin, and Emilia Feru from Romania, Jordan Rogenlicht, Rajiv Arapurakal with Kathryn Vreeland, Alexa Stevenson, Geoffrey Chaken and Elizabeth Jacoby, Sam Wilson, Ashley Allen, Peter Washkowitz, Lisa Novaczyk, Mark and Leslie Hull, Dr. Kristina Campton, R.P. Beurlein, Ali Dwyer, Susan Burke, Lydia Cottrell, Ted Thoma, Amy O'Donnell and Michael Meehan.

Helping behind the scene to make the evening a success were committee members Laurie Ballentine, Joanna Baker, Belinda Bellas, Andrew Black, James V.V. Burke, Kate Earls, Justin Farley, Kristen Ficher, Jonathan Gauntt, Fernanda Gilligan, Will Holligan, Hunter Hulshizer, Bryan Johnson, Sasha Leviant, Lily Maddock, Amanda Meigher, Lara Meliand, Eliza Nordeman, Nolan Olson, Ashley Phipps, Jody Riess, Ian Rice, Charlotte and Doug Snyder, Ware Sykes, Walter Tomenson, Liz Walker, Alexandra Wilkis and Kelley and Donald Young.

Hairmax CFO Randy Veliki and CEO David Michaels at Bruno Jamais Restaurant Club.

Manhattan public relations firm KMR Communications, Inc and Bruno Jamais Restaurant Club celebrated the FDA Clearance of the Hairmax Laser Comb, the world's first ever device given FDA clearance for the treatment of hair loss. The groundbreaking invention has been featured on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, USA Today, ABC TV's The View, Dateline and numerous others. On hand to capture the events was WCBS' Dr. Holly Phillips and her crew who interviewed Hairmax Medical Spokesperson Dr. Matt Leavitt.

Over 200 guests sipped on champagne and gourmet fare from Bruno Jamais Restaurant as celebrity impersonators Joan Rivers, Elton John, Liza Minelli, Marilyn Monroe, and Robert De Niro enticed guests to try the Hairmax Laser Comb. Famed Fashion Week Designer Anait Bian made a cameo appearance along with celebrity stylist and image consultant Montgomery Frasier whose clients include Camille and Kelsey Grammer. All guests were treated to a free raffle and the chance to win luxury prizes such as a $3,000 custom made men's suit by Shaquille O' Neil's designer WGary and three lucky winners received Hairmax Laser Combs valued at $545.00 each in addition to a year membership to Crunch Fitness. All guests were treated to SWAG bags worth several hundred dollars with products and gift certificates from John Allan's, Kenneth Cole, Pir Cosmetics, Rusk Haircare, and Bruno Jamais Restaurant.

Nicole, an award-winning journalist, is Executive Editor & Publisher of Hamptons.com where she focuses on celebrity interviews, fine living and design, social events, fashion and beauty. She lives on the North Fork with her husband, their two daughters, and Bernese Mountain dog, Cooper. www.hamptons.com HamptonsOnline NicoleBBrewer NicoleBBrewer NicoleBBrewer

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