26th Annual Sunday Supper raises $1.2 million for Citymeals on Wheels

Photo courtesy of Citymeals on Wheels

On Sunday, March 10, the 26th Annual Sunday Supper at Restaurant DANIEL saw a convergence of culinary excellence and philanthropy as esteemed guests gathered to support Citymeals on Wheels. Hosted by Citymeals Board Chair Chef Daniel Boulud, the event proved to be a resounding success, raising over $1.2 million in support of providing meals for New York City’s homebound elderly population.

The evening was a celebration of fine dining and generosity, with guest chefs from around the world lending their talents to create an unforgettable culinary experience. William Bradley from Addison, San Diego; Stėphane Grattier from Boulangerie Christophe, Georgetown, Washington, DC; Virgilio Martinez from Central, Lima, Peru; Mawa McQueen from Mawa’s Kitchen, Aspen, CO; and Marlene Vieira from Marlene, Lisbon, Portugal, joined forces with Chef Daniel Boulud to craft an exceptional menu.

“For 26 years, Sunday Supper has shown how caring New Yorkers can make a difference for the city’s most vulnerable– the homebound elderly. Each meal Citymeals delivers is a commitment to keep our older neighbors well-nourished and connected,” said Chef Boulud. “My heart is full of thanks for our guest chefs, sponsors and those who joined us. Together we’re making sure that the oldest New Yorkers are never forgotten.”

During the cocktail hour, attendees were treated to a tantalizing array of canapés, including Chef William Bradley’s Chicken Liver Churro with Bitter Chocolate and Chef Marlene Vieira’s Tuna Tartare Pani Puri.

The lavish three-course dinner featured culinary delights such as Chef Virgilio Martinez’s Scallop & Langoustine with sea grapes and seaweed cracker, Chef Marlene Vieira’s Bacalhau Portuguȇs with creamy cockle rice à Bulhao Pato, and Chef William Bradley’s A5 Kagoshima Wagyu with lengua and miso-eggplant.

Each course was expertly paired with fine wines selected by the Head Sommelier at Restaurant DANIEL, Erin Healy, enhancing the gastronomic experience for all in attendance.

The evening also served as an opportunity to honor Barbara Tarmy, a longtime supporter and board member of Citymeals, for her unwavering commitment to serving older New Yorkers.

“Sunday Supper is more than just a meal; it strengthens Citymeals’ lifeline for older New Yorkers in need. Thanks to Chef Boulud’s deep commitment and warm hospitality, we’re ensuring the homebound elderly never have to worry where their next meal is coming from.” said Beth Shapiro, CEO of Citymeals on Wheels. “I’m grateful to all our supporters, who helped make this evening a success. Their generosity lights up the lives of thousands of elderly New Yorkers.”

Event co-chairs Nancy and Jon Bauer, Ellen and Robert S. Grimes, and Lisa Rosenblum ensured the success of the event, which has become a tradition spanning over a quarter-century. Chef Daniel Boulud has hosted this intimate dinner for 26 years, raising more than $15 million in total to provide essential meals for elderly New Yorkers who are unable to shop or cook for themselves.

Citymeals on Wheels, founded in 1981, has delivered nearly 70 million meals over the years, making it the largest nonprofit meals on wheels program in the country.

The success of the 26th Annual Sunday Supper was made possible through the support of sponsors, including Citymeals’ Official Airline American Airlines and Official Water FIJI Water.

This event not only showcased the culinary talents of world-renowned chefs but also highlighted the power of community and compassion in addressing the needs of vulnerable populations, ensuring that no elderly New Yorker goes hungry.