The seventh annual Chefs & the City event attracted 400 guests to this food lover's heaven benefiting Vital Bridges. Held at the Ritz-Carlton, it also showcased a Mark Shale fashion show presented by new creative director Maria Pinto. Pinto said, "You're going to see what you wouldn't expect from Mark Shale and love it!"
I was honorary co-chair for this event along with RL's Rich Varnes, XA's Amanda Puck and others. Ryan Pitts, executive chef of RL Restaurant, was chef chair. Guests sampled delectable tastings from 30 great chefs, including Province's salmon tostadas, Cafe Spiaggia's crispy flatbreads and Shanghai Terrace's delicious dumplings. Other restaurants participating included MK, Bistronomic, Sepia and The Firehouse. Joyce Dawson, co-founder of Chefs & the City, received the Robert S. Mayo Extra Helping Award in honor of her commitment and generosity to this event that supports low-income men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. The event, which raised $95,000, continued with the VIP party and more tastings in the Carlton Club.
Old St. Pat's Church threw its 27th annual World's Largest Block Party with 20,000 people partying hearty in this two-day celebration of music and food. Fans rocked out to the sounds of Farraday, Cobra Starship, Plain White T's, Spazmatics and the Barenaked Ladies. The sounds of laughter and music filled the air along with the tempting smells from the food stands. My summertime favorites included barbecue from Robinson's Ribs, funnel cakes, foot-long corn dogs and coconut shrimp from Suzie's Fun Food, and, of course, brats and burgers from Old St. Pat's Grill. Proceeds from this annual event support the mission-based church's dozens of worldwide programs.
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