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Photography by Annie Fitzsimmons (slide 1, 4, 6) and Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for City Harvest (slide 2, 3, 5) | June 22, 2012 | Food & Drink The Latest Food & Drink News Latest
China Grill chef Bradley Day with his plum and sesame spareribs
On one of the hottest days of the year, Ciao Bella's gelato was a welcome sight
Luke's Lobster made mini Maine shrimp rolls bathed in butter
Maison Premiere, Brooklyn's cozy cocktail den, served a drink of Pimm’s, ginger syrup, cucumber water, mint leaves, orange slices, and lime
The Meatball Shop served up chicken meatballs with walnut pesto and a summer corn and pepper salad
Miss USA 2012, Olivia Culpo, and chef Marc Murphy share a laugh
A delicious spread of country breads from Tom Cat Bakery: dark ciabatta, pane de casa, French baguettes, and more
Hundreds of foodies came out for City Harvest's eleventh annual Summer in the City event on June 20, 2012 at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo, crowned just two weeks ago, claimed, "This is the most delicious event I've ever been to!" With more than 30 of New York's notable restaurants in attendance, there was no shortage of innovative, delicious small bites like tuna poke wonton tacos from Beauty & Essex, summer tomato soup from L'Artusi, and crab tostadas from La Esquina. Sweet treats included mini cakes from Ron Ben-Israel and Earl Grey tea whoopie pies from Oceana. Beer, wine, and cocktails were flowing from the bar at the center of the space, while guests bid on silent auction items from summer purses to sports events and wine classes.
City Harvest's young professionals group, Generation Harvest, hosted the event (their largest of the year), which was co-chaired by Alissa Dicker Schrieber and Lisa Hurwich. Dana Zukofsky, a leadership council member, circled the room meeting old friends and said, "What is better than a room full of great food and cocktails, knowing that all the money raised goes to a great cause? This year's event will raise over $280k!"
New York chef and Chopped judge regular Marc Murphy was dishing up mini hot dogs with macaroni and cheese from his restaurant, Ditch Plains. A City Harvest board member, Murphy noted, "There's a huge passion behind City Harvest and there's no better organization in the city for being on the ground and redistributing food from our restaurants."