East Side Eats Out

Monday, November 26, 2012

The holidays are a joyous time for many of us but also invariably a stark reminder of those who are less fortunate. The Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center is one of the primary settlement houses of the Upper East Side – the literal backyard of some of the most generous and prominent philanthropists in the city. Founded in 1964, the Center provides meals on wheels, after school programs, and youth counseling and training to the poor of all ages, genders, backgrounds, and abilities. In settlement house tradition, one of the main goals is to promote independence and productivity for every stage of life.

The week before Thanksgiving, agency board member Pat Falkenberg welcomed an intimate group of friends and supporters to her Sutton Place home to toast East Side Eats Out, a benefit supporting Isaacs Center Meals on Wheels. Among the attendees were Ray and Lee Wareham, Ursula Lowerre, and Merrill and Chris Mahan. Post-cocktails, guests left in small groups of 8 or 10 for dinners at Le Cirque, Red Rooster, Crown, Mr. Chow, and Fishtail by David Burke. Any of those restaurants would have been a bonafide treat, and AVENUEinsider was lucky enough to dine at the 57th Street Mr. Chow, where the black and white ’80s opulence (not to mention the Peking duck and chicken satay) has long become a classic.

Perched at a round table toward the back of the restaurant, we celebrated the evening’s success in raising money and awareness for the Meals on Wheels program. It was also a terrific opportunity to talk one on one with board members and other supporters about the foundation itself and its future initiatives – a rarity in an age when events and benefits are generally produced on a more massive scale. For more information on the charity and what you can do to help, please visit


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