Silver Spoons: 25 Years of Chefs & Celebrations

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the Citymeals-on-Wheels’ 25th Anniversary event, “Silver Spoons: 25 Years of Chefs & Celebrations” to honor James Beard in Rockefeller Center. More than 40 great chefs came out to prepare some of their most beloved signature dishes at the event to benefit Citymeals-on-Wheels.


I don’t even know how to begin describing just how special this event was last night. It was wonderful to see so many chefs come together for such a great cause. Citymeals-on-Wheels is a non-profit organization, co-founded by Beard and food critic Gael Greene, which “raises private funds to ensure no homebound elderly New Yorker will ever go a day without food or human company.”


The event was really swanky! I’m not going to lie, I felt pretty lucky being invited.



Live music and dancing added to the festive and upbeat mood of the night.




Look who I bumped into at the event: Sabrina!!! I was so excited to have a buddy to enjoy the night with.


Sabrina and I were in foodie heaven! Everything that I tried was absolutely amazing. I definitely left with a very full belly.


Joe Ng, Chinatown Brasserie (New York)

Sirloin Tart with Curry Coconut Sauce


Steamed Watercress & Shrimp Dumpling with Kaffir Lime Leaf & XO Sauce


Richard Leach, The Hurricane Club (New York)

Lime in the Coconut Number 17 shot


I had 3 of these Lime in the Coconut shots over the course of the evening. They were light, refreshing, and fun!




Melissa Kelly, Primo (Rockland, ME/Orlando/Tucson)

Pork Belly, Pickled Vegetable


I had no idea that I liked pork belly! Delicious!

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Daniel Boulud & Jean François Bruel, DANIEL (New York)

Chilled Watercress Soup with Lobster Gelée & Porcini


Jonathan Benno, Patina Group Restaurant at Lincoln Center (New York)

Crostini con Fegatini di Pollo (Chicken Liver Pâté with Arugula and Fennel-Raisin Semolina Bread)


I also had no idea that I liked chicken liver pâté. Who would have guessed? Also, excellent.




Franck Deletrain, Café Centro (New York)

Smoked Halibut, Sea beans, Tomato Confit, Cracklings



Jimmy Schmidt, Rattlesnake/Morgan’s in the Desert (Detroit, MI/La Quinta, CA)

Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with Roasted Fennel & Shaved Fennel Salad, Many Mustard Sauce


This was probably the best crab cake I have ever eaten. It was so flavorful and fresh.


I’m not sure what was in these fruity gin drinks, but they were perfect for a hot night in New York City– refreshing and sophisticated.


After making the rounds and tasting a little bit of everything, Sabrina and I took a load off in the VIP lounge, where we enjoyed a glass of champagne and some good conversation.



Then, it was time for the final push: dessert! But, first, we sampled a few brews from Southampton Publick House. I enjoyed them all, but I know my husband would be a really big fan of these beers!


François Payard, François Chocolate Bar (New York)

Roasted Strawberry Tiramisu with Candied Fennel




Jacques Torres, Jacques Torres Chocolates (New York)

Assorted Chocolates and Cookies


Silvana Vivoli, Vivoli Il Gelato (Florence, Italy)

Assorted Gelati & Sorbetti


Claudia Fleming & Gerry Hayden, The North Fork Table & Inn (Southhold, NY)

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp with Nature’s Pride Honey-Oatmeal Crumb & Goat Cheese Cream


I loved the Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp! I still can’t believe it was made with Nature’s Pride bread!

Wolfgang Puck

Flourless Chocolate Cake Cookies


Oh my gosh, these were a little taste of heaven– they practically melted in my mouth! I must have eaten at least 5 of them. They were easily my favorite of the entire evening.


Among the chefs who displayed their culinary magic last night:

Nobu Matsuhisa


Wolfgang Puck


Jimmy Schmidt


Todd English


Todd English was really friendly in person. He was definitely flirtatious with his female fans– Sabrina and me included!


A complete list of the chefs at the event can be found here.


Many thanks to Margherita of Citymeals-on-Wheels for the invitation! I really enjoyed the event. Plus, it was a GREAT reason to visit New York City!



  1. Fun! I’d be all over those desserts. Mostly because I wouldn’t have eaten about 90% of those appetizers. But also because I just love dessert!

  2. Wow what a great event! I love the fact that all the food portions were small so you could sample them all without getting too full. Everything looks really delicious, especially the dessert! I would so love to be invited to an event like that. Also your top looks fab!

  3. hahaha thats too funny about todd english! my mom has met him a few times because she provides the coffee for olives and some of the tood english restaurants, she said he was nice in a swanky, suave way 🙂

    all of the food looks amazing and those lime shots look so fun!!

  4. Tina–you did a fantastic job capturing the event! Your pictures are wonderful and I am glad you made the trip down. I also feel the same way as you about the pork belly–it looked amazing and tasted even better….

  5. Oh my – Tina what an amazing experience! It all looks so wonderfuL!
    By the way – how do you remember all the finer details of the dishes you tried? Do you take notes? I would be horrible at just going off my memory 😉

  6. OMIGOD!!! I just went to Il Vivoli in Florence in April, and had the most DIVINE meringue gelato!! (I blogged it, too :P) I’m completely hyperventilating over here, when I was already excited about the sea beans, candied fennel, goat cheese cream you got to eat. What an aamzing night, thank you for sharing. Il vivoli, florence, hurrah!!

  7. WOW! Can I just say how AMAZING your arms look in that picture where you are taking a drink. What is your secret??? Those are the arms I dream about! I have always gain weight in my arms and I hate it!

  8. love all the pics! you look so beautiful!!! sabrina too – your arms look fab and your smile shows through how happy you are 🙂 i wish i could live life more like you!

  9. looks like a stellar event! so cool that you saw all those celeb chefs. And i agree with the other commenters- your arms look awesome!

  10. Man, I am jealous. Wolfgang Puck!! O_O I’ve seen him on Iron Chef… it’s so cool that you saw him in person! I would definitely love to try everything in this post. Gah I’m dying from jealousy! X(


  11. What a fun blog. Those pictures are so amazing, it’s like I could taste everything just by looking at them! The only thing I love more than fashion is food!

  12. Wow, what a bunch of fancy food! That strawberry rhubarb crisp looks delicious, but meeting Wolfgang Puck would have been the highlight of the night for me!

  13. What a great coverage! Appetite For Good was there too 🙂 I wish we were able to meet up! Maybe next time 🙂

    Beautiful pictures you have tho!

  14. That’s so awesome that great chefs come together for a wonderful cause and their food is so delicious! I wish I was invited there. 🙂

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