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Celebrity Chefs To Donate Time And Talent At The “Inaugural Dinner For A Better New York” Hosted By Services For The Underserved.

Evening Food Offerings Curated by Celebrity Chef Andrew Zimmern, Host of Bizarre Foods.


Services for the UnderServed (SUS) will host the Inaugural Dinner for a Better New York on Wednesday, March 6th from 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM, at Riverpark Restaurant, 450 East 29th Street, Manhattan. Joined by leaders in the food, business and entertainment industries, the event will celebrate the efforts of SUS’ human service programs in helping to make New York a better city for all who live, work and enjoy it.

At the event, Toyota will donate a 2013 PriusPlug-in, worth more than $41,940.00, to SUS. Chef Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods and host of MSN’s web series Appetite for Life, sponsored by Toyota, will hand over the keys to Donna Colonna, CEO of SUS, and the vehicle will be used as part of SUS’ fleet. Media are invited to photograph the donation at 6:45 PM.

Chef Zimmern will present international dishes from a collection of respected chefs. He, along with Donna Colonna and other celebrity chefs will be on-site to prepare meals for guests and will be available for interviews with media and photos from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Hors d’oeuvres will be prepared by Marc Forgione of Restaurant Marc Forgione, Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter and The Darby, Nobu Matsuhisa of Nobu, and Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette of Toro NYC. Dishes served at the table will be prepared by Floyd Cardoz of North End Grill,Andrew Carmellini of The Dutch, Gavin Kaysen of Café Boulud and Michael White of Marea, Osteria Morini and Ai Fiori. Dessert will be prepared by Johnny Iuzzini. Wines will be provided by Lee Schrager of Southern Wine and Spirits and coffee will be provided by Grace Hightower and Coffees of Rwanda.

Other expected attendees include Amanda Green, award-winning composer-lyricist whose Broadway show “Hands on Hardbody” is currently in previews; Maggie Norris, Designer, Maggie Norris Couture; Grace Hightower De Niro, philanthropist; and SUS Board Chair Andrew Hurwitz, Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz.

The event will raise funds for SUS’ mission to provide support services for individuals and families with special needs that live with a wide range of challenges—mental illness, developmental disabilities, and HIV/AIDS, often compounded by unemployment and homelessness, as well as veterans.  SUS serves over 3,000 people daily in New York City and on Long Island.

DATE:            Wednesday, March 6

TIME:              Toyota Car Donation at 6:45 PM

Cocktails/press availability from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

PLACE:            Riverpark Restaurant
450 East 29th Street

New York, NY 10016

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