Event – Children of Bellevue’s “Toast to the Children” w/ Tom Colicchio MAY10

Thx to winedanddined for this…
You know we have a soft spot for great food and wine events that support great causes. Well, here’s another one that we’re happy to share with you. On Tuesday, May 10, Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio is hosting Children of Bellevue’s 15th Annual “Toast to the Children”. It promises to be an evening of great food and wine featuring 15 of New York City’s top restaurants and 13 fantastic wine purveyors.
 The event is taking place at Colicchio’s Riverpark (450 E. 29th Street at First Avenue) and begins at 7:30pm for general ticket holders. This annual gala raises money for the pediatric programs at Bellevue Hospital. Tickets are $450 for a Patron ticket, which grants admission to a VIP reception and access to the VIP area, which will showcase exclusive restaurants and wineries, and $250 for a general admission ticket. A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible; all proceeds go directly to the pediatric programs that serve the children and families at Bellevue Hospital Center. You can expect to sample signature dishes from some of New York’s best restaurants (Barbuto, Blue Smoke, Colicchio & Sons, craftbar, Frankies, Hearth & more), taste terrific wines and mingle with celebrity chefs and fellow foodies.
Wines will be chosen by sommelier and James Beard Award nominee, Paul Greico (co-owner and sommelier of Hearth and Terroir). Children of Bellevue is also very pleased to announce that The Andra Group, Bravo!, Champion, Food & Wine, La Cucina Italiana, MetroPlus, The Phoenix Partners Foundation, Royalty Pharma, TastingTable.com, and Torreya Partners are official sponsors of this year’s “Toast to the Children”.  An added bonus this year will be special appearances by former Top Chef and Top Chef: Just Desserts “cheftestants” Ash Fulk, Ashley Merriman, Zac Young, and Eric Wolitzky.

Honorees for this year’s event: Gail Simmons, Food & Wine’s Editor-at-Large, host of Bravo’s Top Chef: Just Desserts, and judge on Bravo’s Emmy Award-winning Top Chef; David Wiesner, Caldecott Award-winning author and illustrator; and The Phoenix Foundation. The evening’s master of ceremonies will be LXTV’s Ben Aaron.

The full list of restaurants includes: Barbuto, Blue Smoke, Colicchio & Sons, Frankies, Hearth, Jacques Torres, Kerrygold Cheese, Lincoln Ristorante, Park Avenue, Pearl Oyster BarPerilla, Porterhouse New York, Public and Riverpark.

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