Saturday in Sagaponack

Monday, August 22, 2011

Saturday evening in Sagaponack found the glamorous and philanthropic coming together for What’s On The Table? An Event To Combat Hunger hosted by the stunning actress Julianne Moore, Top Chef head judge and restaurateur Tom Colicchio, and Vanity Fair magazine. The setting was the home of Susan Burden, a board member of the United Way, whose program to fight hunger in New York City was the beneficiary of the over $100,000 raised.

Burden’s garden was transformed into a piazza of offerings from Colicchio’s restaurants. Guests including supermodel and filmmaker Christy Turlington Burns, Vanity Fair publisher Edward Menicheschi, director and producer Bart Freundlich, Fern Mallis, Duane Hampton, Louise Grunwald with her son Peter Melhado, Kelly and Jay Sugarman and Fiona Rudin feasted on  stuffed zucchini blossoms, corn chowder with Peeky toe crab, and scallops with smoked tomatoes. All the gustatory delights used local and in season produce, emphasizing the need for those the hungry in New York to have access to food that is free but also fresh and nutritious.

Gayfryd and Saul Steinberg, Susan and Nick Scopetta, Esther Newberg, Avis and Bruce Richards, Dayssi and Paul Olarte de Kanavos, Charmaine and Carter Burden, and Edward Tyler Nahem watched as Colicchio introduced a clip from a documentary about hunger in America directed by his wife Lori Silverbush and her co-filmmaker Kristi Jacobson, and announced the startling statistic that 1 in 5 New York children go hungry daily. To that end, the crowd raised wooden spoons to bid as Christie’s Lydia Fenet encouraged guests to bid on auction prizes including a private lunch cooked by Colicchio and Moore at the bidder’s home with photographs by Patrick McMullan. Avenue Insider has been invited!


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