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Thursday, June 2, 2011

NIGHTLIGHT: Central Park Conservancy's Taste of Summer Wednesday, June 1st 2011 A Resounding Success Highlighting Peachy's Picks: Swifty's, Serafina, Brasserie Cognac, Geisha, The Boathouse, BICE and many of our Movers and Shakers! An Outstandingly Fun Night in an Incredible Heatwave!


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It was one hot night in the park last night, and we're not only talking about the dance floor.  Pictures speak louder than words and the videos are screaming, so without delay Peachy Deegan is loading them now for your enjoyment shortly!  Taste of Summer is one of the best events all year and it is not to be missed.  Also not to be missed were the lobster rolls at the Swifty's spot which were her favorite of the night (Stephen Attoe made 280 and 260 were consumed...) along with the blood orange and raspberry sorbet at Ciao Bella, which we have not formally reviewed, yet!

Green indicates a Peachy's Pick that is serving The Peachy Deegan!  The biggest font is the place that created it!

Pink indicates a Peachy's Pick!

Blue indicates a Mover and Shaker!

Central Park Conservancy’s Taste of Summer will kick off the season with over 1,000 guests, under the stars in Central Park, enjoying the ultimate tasting event of culinary delights prepared by over 40 renowned New York chefs, a VIP Café hosted by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, a luxury-filled silent auction, and dancing to Tom Finn, one of the City’s hottest DJs.

WhenWednesday, June 1, 2011, 7:00 – 11:00 pm

WhereThis al fresco event is held in a tent in front of Naumburg Bandshell (mid-Park at 72nd Street)

WhoTrustee Chairmen:
Jay Mandelbaum and Norman Selby
Host and Benefit Committees
Gillian Miniter, James Andrew, Muffie Potter Aston, Ashley Baker, Edward Barsamian, Mario Buatta, Ashley Bush, Lauren Bush, Mover and Shaker Sharon Bush, David Patrick Columbia, Dave Davis, Peter Davis, Andrea Greeven Douzet, Somers Farkas, Kristy and Jonathan Korngold, Jill Lafer, James LaForce, Mover and Shaker Alexandra Lebenthal, Peter Max, Patrick McMullan, Vanessa Noel, Yesim Philip, William Rondina, Hunt Slonem, Felicia Taylor, John Truex . . .

VIP Café
The VIP Café is a reserved section with tastings provided by exclusive restaurants and is available only to table buyers. This year’s VIP Café will be hosted by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group –restaurants and chefs: Blue Smoke, Jason Krantz and Jennifer Giblin, Gramercy Tavern, Mike Anthony and Nancy Olson; Tabla, Floyd Cardoz; The Modern, Gabriel Kreuther and Marc Aumont; Union Square Café, Carmen Quagliata; Union Square Events, Robb Garceau and Dan Keehner.

Participating Restaurants and Chefs Include
Asia de Cuba – John DiLeo; Bice Ristorante – Silverio Chavez; BLT Market – Laurent Tourondel; Brasserie Cognac – Mover and Shaker Florian Hugo; Brasserie Les Halles – Carlos Llaguno; Bridgewater Chocolate; The Carlyle Restaurant – Jacques Sorci; The Central Park Boathouse – Fred Mero; China Grill, Inc. – Bradley Day; Ciao Bella Gelato – Danilo Zecchin; Columbus Tavern – Phil Conlon; Ed's Chowder House – Ed Brown and John Miele; Geisha – Richard Lee; GILT – Justin Bogle; Ivy Bakery – Daniellan Louie; Junoon – Vikas Khanna; Le Cirque – Craig Hopson; Maya Restaurant – Richard Sandoval; New Leaf Restaurant & Bar – Scott Q. Campbell; Orsay – Antoine Camin; The Palm Court at The Plaza – Willis Loughhead; Park Avenue Summer – Kevin Lasko; The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English – Mike Suppa; Quality Meats – Stratos Georgedakis and Scott Tacinelu; Serafina – Freddy Duarte; Serendipity 3 – Stephen Bruce; South Gate at Jumeirah Essex House –  Mover and Shaker Kerry Heffernan; STK Meatpacking & STK Midtown – Adriano Ricco and Humberto Leon; SUSHISAMBA – Fernando Navas; Swifty’s Restaurant – Mover and Shaker Stephen Attoe; Thalassa Restaurant – Raphael Abrahante; Trattoria Dell 'Arte - Brando De Oliveira . . .

Silent Auction Includes
A Tiffany & Co. Bridget satchel; A Private tour of Isaac Mizrahi’s Studio and private lunch for you and a guest with Isaac; private cocktail party at Luca Luca after store hours and winner gets a cocktail dress; a New York City marathon package which includes finish-line tickets and the pre-marathon cocktail party; a weekend at the Plaza Athenee plus a private tour of Central Park; a haircut at the John Barrett Salon; two tickets to the Lela Rose Spring 2012 fashion show; Vanessa Noel private party and shopping experience for 30 guests; a one week stay at Villas by Linda Smith in Jamaica; Jewelry by CIRCA . . .
Decor by Ed Libby & Company • Wines generously provided by Georges Duboeuf and Hob Nob

The Central Park Conservancy is a private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1980 as a public-private partnership with the City of New York to restore Central Park to its former splendor, after decades of neglect, and to manage and preserve it for present and future generations. Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, corporations, foundations, and the City, the Conservancy has invested over $530 million to date into the Park, transforming it into a model for urban parks worldwide. Through events like this, the Conservancy is able to provide 85 percent of Central Park’s $37.4 million annual budget. For more information on the Conservancy, please visit our website at

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