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Taste of Summer

This event has passed, please stay tuned for details about next year's Taste of Summer event.

The season's most delicious event!

June 8, 2016 
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Bethesda Terrace

Taste of Summer brings together more than 800 guests each June under the stars in Central Park for a distinctive kickoff to summer in New York City. This event features culinary tastings prepared by celebrated restaurants, a luxury-filled silent auction and music by one of the city’s hottest DJs. Held at the iconic Bethesda Terrace, this annual benefit for Central Park Conservancy brings together visionaries in support of the Conservancy's mission to restore and maintain Central Park.

Silent auction featuring priceless experiences in Central Park, vacation packages, tickets to events, culinary experiences, and more.

Presented by


Taste Café hosted by The Plaza
with tastings from
Billy's Bakery
Eloise at The Plaza
Franny's YoArt
Luke's Lobster
Ora Di Pasta
Pain D'Avignon
The Palm Court
Sabi Sushi
The Todd English Food Hall
Vin Sur Vingt
William Greenberg Bakery

Event Chairmen
Kelly & Joe Coffey, Kristy & Jonathan Korngold, Carol Sutton Lewis & William M. Lewis, Jr.,

Laurie & Jay Mandelbaum, Gillian & Sylvester Miniter, and Melissa Vail & Norman C. Selby

Vice Chairmen
Christine Wachter Campbell & William I. Campbell, Amita & Purnendu Chatterjee, Marigay McKee & Bill Ford,

Renata & Claudio Garcia, Evelyn & David McCabe, Michael McLaughlin, Heidi & Brian Miller, Franci & Joe Rice,
Alexandra & Alex Robertson, Tina & David Storper, Carol & Michael Weisman, Vivian & James Zelter

Host Committee
Suzie & Ainar Aijala, Bz Reed & Charles Altchek, James G. Brooks, Jr., Patti & Eric Fast, Elizabeth Fontana,
Melissa Seligmann Gokhvat & Eugene Gokhvat, Andrea Henderson Fahnestock & George A. Hambrecht,
Anne & Bill Harrison,
Kamie & Richard Lightburn, Karen & Tony May, Elyse & Michael Newhouse,
Sandra & Eric Ripert, Coke Anne & Jarvis Wilcox

Participating Restaurants
*as of April 1, 2016
A Voce Columbus
Añejo Tribeca

Aretsky's Patroon Townhouse
The Back Room
Benoit New York
Bodega Negra at Dream Downtown
Bridgewater Chocolate
Casa Lever
Delaware and Hudson

Illy Caffé
Kappo Masa
The Loeb Boathouse Central Park
Loi Estiatorio
Maccioni Restaurants
The Milling Room
Pampano Restaurant
Porter House New York
Ristorante Morini

Rotisserie Georgette
Sant Ambroeus
Serendipity 3
The Smith
Southgate Bar & Restaurant

Spice Market
Tavern on the Green
Thalassa Restaurant

Spirits provided by William Grant & Sons
Wines provided by Kim Crawford

Beer provided by Brooklyn Brewery

In the Press
New York Post
Fashion Week Daily
Gotham Magazine
Avenue Magazine 


The event is accessible by taxi and vehicle drop-off or by foot by entering the Park at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue.

Taxis will be available after the event. Event will be held rain or shine.

No tickets will be issued for this event; all names will be held on a guest list.
For more information, please contact the Special Events Department at 212.446.2242 or tasteofsummer@centralparknyc.org