Taste of Summer


The season's most delicious event!

On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 850 guests gathered on a beautiful summer evening for the annual Taste of Summer benefit held at Bethesda Terrace: a celebration of Central Park's beauty and New York's exquisite cuisine.  The evening featured tastings prepared by New York's top restaurants, a luxury-filled silent auction, and dancing to music by DJ Kiss.  Marcus Samuelsson hosted the Taste Cafe featuring dishes from Red Rooster Harlem, American Table Cafe and Bar at Lincoln Center, and Samuelsson at HP at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel in Bermuda.  35 additional restaurants participated in the annual kickoff to summer serving sample tastings throughout the night.  

2014 Sponsorship by

2014 Chairmen
Kristy & Jonathan Korngold, Carol Sutton Lewis & William M. Lewis, Jr., Laurie & Jay Mandelbaum, Gillian & Sylvester Miniter, 
Jenny & John Paulson, Melissa Vail & Norman Selby

2014 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

In the Press
The New York Times
New York Social Diary
New York Post
Wall Street Journal
Fashion Week Daily
Haute Living

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