NEW YORK, May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- World-renowned chefs will travel from all over the globe to cook at the hottest fundraiser on New York City's social scene: ¡Qué rico! Celebrating Latino Cuisine & Culture: The 31st Annual Chefs' Tribute to Citymeals on Wheels, taking place in Rockefeller Center on Monday, June 6, 2016 starting at 6:30 p.m.
Stars of Latino cuisine, including chefs Carlos Cristóbal Márquez Valdés (Cuba), Juan Manuel Barrientos (Colombia), Carolina Bazán (Chile), Jose Enrique (Puerto Rico) and Josefina Santacruz (Mexico), will descend on New York City to cook alongside Chefs Daniel Boulud, Wolfgang Puck, Scott Conant, Larry Forgione, Marc Forgione, Masaharu Morimoto, Charlie Palmer, Alfred Portale, Jacques Torres, Jean-Georges Vongerichten among dozens of other master chefs. Together they will celebrate rich flavors from Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
More than 1,200 business leaders, philanthropists, gourmet enthusiasts, food industry trendsetters, and young professionals will be on hand for live music, dancing and spectacular cuisine. The charity event will support Citymeals on Wheels in its efforts to fund the annual preparation and delivery of more than 2 million nutritious meals to homebound elderly New Yorkers who are too frail to shop and cook for themselves.
Beth Shapiro, Executive Director of Citymeals on Wheels, said, "The influence of the Latino world on New York is undeniable. This rich heritage permeates every aspect of city life including our art, music, literature, film, fashion and, oh yes, the food! ¡Qué rico! celebrates this wonderful culture as well as the thousands of chefs and restaurateurs who have committed themselves to Citymeals over the years and who help us create a lifeline of meals and companionship for vulnerable older New Yorkers."
Among the planned menu items are roasted plantain empanadas from Chef Ivy Stark; sweet corn tamalito with lime crème and crispy chorizo from Adrianne Calvo; tentacion de pollo from Carlos Cristóbal Márquez Valdés; and cold avocado soup with crab from Carolina Bazán. The event will also feature signature cocktails from top spirit sponsors and stellar wines from notable wineries.
Nick Valenti, CEO of Patina Restaurant Group, is the evening's Grand Host. Official sponsors of Citymeals on Wheels are American Airlines and FIJI Water.
For ticket information, please go to www.citymeals.org/querico
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SOURCE Citymeals on Wheels