New York’s top chefs join forces at food rescue benefit

New York City’s biggest chefs, including Geoffrey Zakarian and Eric Ripert, gathered Thursday evening at the Metropolitan Pavilion for City Harvest’s BID event, a food tasting auction open to the public that raised funds to help rescue excess food to feed the hungry.

“There was a live band and salsa dancers bringing in the excitement for the bids all evening and chefs from all over the city had booths set up showcasing their food for guests” a food industry insider told Page Six of the “Havana Nights” themed event.

Nearly 800 attendees were encouraged to bid on special prizes to raise money for the cause as they sampled cuisine from over 50 of the city’s hot spots including Rao’s, Untitled, Per Se, The Polo Bar, The Lambs Club, Apothèke and more.

Experiences auctioned off included a wine tasting and truffle hunt in France and Italy, an “Iron Chef” dinner party with Zakarian and Alex Guarnaschelli, a Cayman Cookout and stingray swimming with Ripert, and a luxury staycation at Per Se and the Mandarin Oriental. We’re told bids started at $1,500 and all proceeds went to City Harvest.

“It felt great to be a part of such an amazing event and to see some of the best restaurants in the city come together to support each other and City Harvest,” said the industry insider. “Everyone was having fun dancing and chatting.”

Other master chefs at the event included Angie Mar, Tom Colicchio, Seki Shi, Tom Valenti, Emma Bengtsson, and Michael Anthony.

The function raised a record-breaking $1.6 million–enough to help feed over 18,000 New Yorkers in need for a year.

“Thanks to the support of the restaurant community, our generous event sponsors, and all who attended BID, City Harvest will be able to rescue over 6.6 million pounds of nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste and deliver it to soup kitchens and food pantries across the five boroughs,” CEO of City Harvest Jilly Stephens said in a statement. “Right now, there are more than 1.2 million New Yorkers who are struggling to feed themselves and their families on a daily basis. The food City Harvest will be able to rescue as a result of BID will go directly to our neighbors in need, helping them put nutritious meals on their tables.”

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