David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

22 June 2009

Notable Occasions

More than 900 New Yorkers kicked off the hottest season in Central Park at Taste of Summer. The Central Park Conservancy's sizzling benefit transformed the Naumburg Bandshell (located mid-Park at 72nd Street) featuring savory dishes, dancing under the stars and a luxury auction.

Restaurant highlights included: Gordon Ramsay's smoked kingfish; tuna sashimi with sea urchin from the Plaza Hotel's Oak Room; ocean-fresh hamachi from Laurent Tourondel's BLT Market and pea pancakes whipped up by Bill Telepan's Upper West Side Eatery.

A VIP Café area - hosted by Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group - included: Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park, Tabla, Blue Smoke & Jazz Standard, Shake Shack, The Modern, Café 2, Terrace 5 and Hudson Yards, USHG's catering and events business. Danny, his restaurants, and his talented teams have earned an unprecedented 19 James Beard Awards.

The event was chaired by Jay Mandelbaum and Norman Selby. The host committee included Rebecca Campbell, Dawne Marie Grannum, Kristy and Jonathan Korngold, Sandra Lee, Johanna and Frederic Levy, Danny Meyer, Gillian Miniter, B. Smith, Connie Anne Phillips and Susan Shin.

Guests included: Danny Meyer, Sandra Lee, Tom Kempner, Jay Mandelbaum, Norm Selby, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter, Alexandra Lebenthal, Suzanne and Bob Cochran, Alison Brod, Liz Lange, Frederick Anderson and Douglas Hannant, Alison Minton, Christine Cachot, Clementine Crawford, Dolly Lenz, Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and many more ...

Alison Minton and Chris Leasure