The Art of Cooking Gala

By September 14, 2017May 3rd, 2024Archive


Joe Ravitch

Joe Ravitch Co-Founder and Partner The Raine Group

Joe Ravitch is a Co-Founder and Partner of The Raine Group, a global merchant bank focused on media, sports, and technology, where he invests and advises companies around the world.  Prior to Raine, Joe was a journalist, a lawyer, and a senior Partner at Goldman Sachs. Joe is an enthusiastic home cook and is deeply involved with food media in his work.  He and his family have been supporters of The Sylvia Center since its inception and are passionate about the power of good food in children’s lives.

The Sylvia Center is delighted to recognize and honor Joe Ravitch for his steadfast commitment to supporting the organization’s growth, and his passion for great food and healthy communities.



ExpandED Schools

Lucy N. Friedman, PhD Founder and President

Candace Brazier-Thurman Program Director  ExpandED Options

The mission of ExpandED Schools is to close the learning gap by increasing access to enriched education experiences.  Through their many programs and partnerships, in New York City and on a national level, ExpandED seeks to ensure that all kids have opportunities to discover their talents and develop their full potential.

The Sylvia Center is pleased to recognize our community program partner ExpandED Schools, for their leadership in expanding learning opportunities for all kids, and for their commitment to supporting our work training teens to become role models for healthy eating in their communities.



Culinary Partners

Chef Michael White

Chef and Owner, Altamarea Group

Chef Michael White is a multiple Michelin and New York Times-starred chef and restaurateur. As Chef and Owner of Altamarea Group, he oversees fifteen acclaimed restaurants in New York City and the Northeast, and further afield in Hong Kong, Istanbul, and London. Chef White has guest taught in the Teen Apprenticeship, and curated the menu for the Art of Cooking gala in 2016. The Sylvia Center is honored to welcome Chef White back as our Curating Chef for the Art of Cooking 2017.


Nicholas Morgenstern

Owner and Founder, Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream

Nicholas Morgenstern is a chef and restaurateur, with extensive pastry experience in some of NewYork’s finest establishments. Nicholas opened Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream in 2014, focused on serving texture-driven small-batch ice creams with a renewed attention to flavor and palate — each recipe is developed with the flavor profile in mind first. This fall, Nicholas is working with graduates of The Sylvia Center’s Teen Apprenticeship program to develop three unique flavors exclusively for the Art of Cooking 2017 that reflect TSC’s mission and the diverse cultures and culinary backgrounds of our students. Art of Cooking guests will have a chance to vote for their favorite flavor, and the winning flavor will be sold in Morgenstern’s for the month following the event.

Media Partner


Tastemade is a global entertainment and technology company that makes inspiring and addictive video content for people around the world to enjoy on any platform, from the web to Apple TV, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and more. The company is using technology to change how the world makes, watches and engages with video in ways that were not possible before.


Parsley Sponsor:
The Raine Group

Sage Sponsors:
Fertitta Capital
Norma Kamali and Martin Edelman
Trudy Elbaum Gottesman & Robert Gottesman

Rosemary Sponsors:
Margaritaville Holdings
Universal Music Group

Thyme Sponsors:
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bruce Gendelman Insurance Services
CBS Corporation
J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Richard Ravitch Foundation

In-Kind Partners:
Bentley Meeker
Hudson Mercantile
Great Performances

Benefit Co-Chairs 
Cindy and David Edelson
Nina P. Freedman and Michael Rosenbaum
Tara and Joseph Gendelman
Trudy Elbaum Gottesman and Robert Gottesman
Amy Todd Middleton and Curt Middleton
Howard Pulchin and Joerel Ramos
Liz Neumark and Chaim Wachsberger

Benefit Committee
E. Sherrell Andrews and Robert Kuhbach
Courtney Archer-Buckmire
Jody and John Arnhold
Lori and Harley Bassman
Andrew Craven
Steve Cunningham and Daryl Wickstrom
Ronnie Davis
Norma Kamali and Martin Edelman
Amy and Roger Faxon
Tom Freston
Steven Fordyce and Victor Jimenez
Susan Freedman and Richard Jacobs
Karen Freedman and Roger Weisberg
Deborah and Ralph Gardner
Janet and Howard Ginsburg
Eve Goldberg and Neil Wallin
Lara and Doug Holtz
Sarah Kauss and Jeff Peck
Stacey and Curtis Lane
Frances Winston Levy and Jack Levy
Chantal and Phil Meldrum
Dodi Meyer, MD
Scott Millstein and Jae Lee
Lori and David Moore
Abigail Pogrebin and David Shapiro
Barbara Marcus and Michael Pollack
Jill and Mark Rachesky
Rebecca and Arthur Samberg
Mindy Schneider and Michael Lesser
Wendy and Stephen B. Siegel
Emily and Steven Steinman
Bradley Stephens and Andrew Thompson
Peggy and David Tanner
Teri and Barry Volpert
Joanne and Fred Wilson