Thank you for making Art of Cooking 2015 a success!

By October 29, 2015Past Events

At this year’s Art of Cooking benefit dinner, over 225 supporters of The Sylvia Center gathered together to celebrate the teen graduates of our new Culinary Apprenticeship program, for their dedication to teaching healthy cooking to the youth in their own communities, and to honor Sam Sifton, Food Editor for The New York Times, for his belief in the health and human benefits of fresh food for young people and families everywhere.

The 25 teen Culinary Apprentices completed an intensive, 60-hour culinary and food systems course, and learned how to teach a simplified version of TSC’s curriculum. Over the summer, the teens taught over 800 youth in their own communities how to cook healthy, delicious food.

We have long had the vision that eventually the students we teach would have the opportunity to go into their communities as leaders. With simple tools, hard work, training, and support, this first group of our new program has proven that they can and will take charge of their own diets. By doing so, they inspire their families and the children they have worked with to try new things, eat more vegetables, and learn to cook simple, healthy meals so that they can all lead healthy and productive lives.

A big thanks to our benefit committee, board, sponsors, and attendees for making this lively evening of cooking, eating, and celebrating such a success.









Cindy and David Edelson

Nina Freedman and Michael Rosenbaum

Trudy Elbaum Gottesman and Robert Gottesman

Lara and Doug Holtz

Amy Todd Middleton and Curt Middleton

Liz Neumark and Chaim Wachsberger

Alaina Sparks and Ron Klein



Sherrell Andrews and Rob Kuhbach

Courtney Archer-Buckmire

Jody and John Arnhold

Sharon Avneri and Colin Finkelstein

Lynn Cole and Ian Rosenblum

Ronnie Davis

Steven and Judy Elbaum

Amy and Roger Faxon

Karen Freedman and Roger Weisberg

Susan Freedman and Richard Jacobs

Debbie and Ralph Gardner

Howard and Janet Ginsburg

Dorian Goldman and Marvin Israelow

Harriet and Len Holtz

Renee Iacone and Steve Clearman

Beth Jacobs

Alex Kristofcak and Daniel Bersohn

Amanda and Marcel Lundberg

Jackie Mahal and Ben Segal

Dean  and Katherine Martinus

Dodi Meyer

Lee and Fritz Michel

Laura and Michael Miller

Janet and Tom Montag

Michael Muzyk and Teresa Chaisson-Muzyk

Annika Pergament and Michael O’Looney

Michael Pollack and Barbara Marcus

Heidi and Richard Rieger

Amanda and Michael Salzhauer

Lee Schrager

Tracy Chutorian Semler and Eric Semler

Ryan Simonetti

Robin and Jeremy Stein

Mish Tworkowski and Joseph Singer

David and Dina Weinstein

Katie Workman and Gary Freilich

Stephanie Young and James Rouhandeh

Vivian and Jim Zelter



FOODMatch, Inc.

Great Performances



Blue State Digital

Trudy Elbaum Gottesman and Robert Gottesman



Bloomberg Philanthropies

Nancy and Fred Poses



Cindy and David Edelson

Nina Freedman and Michael Rosenbaum

Karen Freedman & Roger Weisberg

Susan Freedman & Richard Jacobs

Liz Neumark and Chaim Wachsberger

Lisa Wolfe & Joseph Ravitch



Jody & John Arnhold


Steven and Judy Elbaum

Michael Pollack

Heidi and Richard Rieger

Tracy Chutorian Semler and Eric Semler

Alice & Tom Tisch



Constance Beaty

Amy Butte

Joseph Levy

Christine McConnell

Janet & Tom Montag

Scott Millstein & Jae Lee

Peggy & David Tanner

John Unwin



Brooklyn Roasting Company

Kosta Browne

Castello di Vicarello

Delaware & Hudson

Jean Hanff Korelitz

Harlem Jazz Enterprises

Hot Bread Kitchen

In Pursuit of Tea

Joto Sake

Katchkie Farm

Kinderhook Farm

Kings County Wines

Loews Hotels & Resorts


Robert & Marisa Margolis

Memento Mori

Murray’s Cheese

Realm Cellars

Reuling Vineyard

Jill Santopietro

Talbot & Arding

Valley Variety



Charles Antin

Bastille Flowers

Domenico Valentino Selections

Great Performances

Terri Lee

Molly Middleton

New York Distilling Co.

Party Rental

The Great Performances Culinary and Event Team

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