Taste of Summer


The season's most delicious event!

June 11, 2014
7:00 pm –11:00 pm
Bethesda Terrace

Taste of Summer brings together 800 guests each June under the stars in Central Park for a distinctive kickoff to summer in New York City.  This event features culinary delights prepared by renowned New York chefs, 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 its mission to restore and maintain the Park.


For more information, please contact the Special Events Department at 212.446.2242 or tasteofsummer@centralparknyc.org.

Presented by
Taste Cafe hosted by Marcus Samuelsson
Featuring tastings by:
Red Rooster Harlem
American Table Cafe and Bar at Lincoln Center
Samuelsson at HP, Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel, Hamilton, Bermuda

Kristy & Jonathan Korngold, Carol Sutton Lewis & William M. Lewis, Jr., Laurie & Jay Mandelbaum, Gillian & Sylvester Miniter, 
Jenny & John Paulson, Melissa Vail & Norman Selby

Host Committee
Suzie & Ainar Aijala, Charles Altchek, Sarah Arison, Tracy & Frank Bisignano, Franci Blassberg & Joe Rice, Ann & George Clairmont, Aysegul Demir, Melissa Seligmann Gokhvat & Eugene Gokhvat, Rebecca & Larry Grafstein, Yaz & Valentin Hernandez, Cathy & Bill Ingram, Veronica & Ray Kelly, Kamie & Rich Lightburn, Michael McLaughlin, Heidi & Brian Miller, Margo MacNabb Nederlander & James L. Nederlander, Elyse & Michael Newhouse, Liz & Jeff Peek, Sandra & Eric Ripert, Katie Selby, Ashley & James Sharpe, Paul Stamas, Steven Stolman & Rich Wilkie, Nanar & Tony Yoseloff, and Vivian & James Zelter

Music by DJ Kiss  

Participating Restaurants

A "Taste" of the Silent Auction, featuring
Chambers Hotel
The Fairmont Hamilton Princess
Inkaterra Authentic Nature Travel
JHouse Greenwich
Le Bernardin
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Oheka Castle
The Peninsula Hotel
The Surrey
VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations

In the Press
New York Social Diary (2013 Taste of Summer Kickoff)(PDF)
The New York Times(PDF)
New York Social Diary(PDF)
New York Post (PDF)
Town & Country (PDF)