Top NYC Chefs Golf & Tennis Tourney Raises Money For Food Rescue To Feed Hungry

The third annual Celebrity Chefs & Friends Golf and Tennis Tournament Benefiting City Harvest: Paige Spiranac, Geoffrey Zakarian, Herb Karlitz, Alex Lee, Kerry Heffernan, Marcu Samuelsson

“This yr’s occasion will assist us feed practically 850,000 of our neighbors. As costs surge for requirements like meals and lease, this assist is extra essential than ever,” stated Jilly Stephens, CEO of City Harvest.

The third annual Celebrity Chefs & Friends Golf and Tennis Tournament Benefiting City Harvest introduced collectively over 40-star cooks and restaurateurs, Gary Player, Paige Spiranac, and over 120 golf and tennis lovers, to boost sufficient to feed practically 850,000 New Yorkers in want. The yearly fundraiser came about on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at Alpine Country Club in Demarest, NJ and the close by Montammy Golf Club in Alpine, NJ.

The one-of-a-kind, day-long golf and tennis event was created in 2019 by established occasion marketer and related foodie Herb Karlitz, offering an incredible meals & wine expertise, whereas additionally giving members the chance to play golf or tennis alongside star cooks together with Geoffrey Zakarian, Michael Anthony, Preston Clark, Rocco DiSpirito, Jose Garces, Jamal James Kent, Alfred Portale, Marcus Samuelsson, David Shim, and Cédric Vongerichten.

Joining the fray with host golf icon and philanthropist Gary Player and former skilled golfer, mannequin and character Paige Spiranac had been notables together with NY Yankees pitcher and World Series champion CC Sabathia; MLB Network announcer and retired main league outfielder Chris Young; Co-host of Golf Channel’s Golf Today Shane Bacon; PGA Magazine Top 50 golf teacher Jonathan Yarwood; and actor Richard Kind, who stars within the new CBS police drama East New York.

“I’m constantly impressed by the generosity of our New York chef and culinary group, who at all times discover time to provide again regardless of the challenges they repeatedly face,” stated Herb Karlitz, event founder and City Harvest Food Council Member.

Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, who served because the Tournament’s Golf Chair for the third straight yr and is a member of City Harvest’s Board of Directors and the Chair of the group’s Food Council, added. “I’m thrilled to see this occasion thrive which offered a terrific day on the golf course and tennis courts, whereas additionally producing funds for an incredible charity that’s near my coronary heart.”

The visitor expertise went past taking part in alongside unimaginable star cooks, who additionally showcased their seasonal and signature bites in the course of the occasion and its marquee celebratory post-round tasting reception that includes dishes equivalent to truffle-topped agnolotti pasta, brick oven skinny pizza, lobster rolls, shrimp & grits, pan roasted scallops, charred za’tar crusted octopus, meatballs, Grand Cru Galbi Ssam, and wagyu from the dwell fireplace station. The event’s public sale featured a {golfing} journey to Ireland, non-public villas in Costa Rica, Grand Cayman, and Tuscany, a ski getaway, and a custom-fitted and engraved LA Golf putter and VIP passes to LA Golf’s 2023 US Open Party. The public sale’s singular distinctive experiences included taking part in 18 holes with Gary Player at his membership in Florida and a personal dinner for 10 in your house created by 3-Star Michelin Chef Alex Lee.

“I’m honored to return as a bunch of this yr’s golf event and to assist efforts in elevating cash to feed New York City households who aren’t certain the place their subsequent meal is coming from,” stated Gary Player. “We all must do our half in society and make a distinction by serving to one another.”

City Harvest rescues and delivers tens of millions of kilos of meals for the rising variety of New Yorkers who’re struggling to place meals on their tables. According to troubling new information launched earlier this month by City Harvest, month-to-month visits to New York City meals pantries and soup kitchens are up 69% in comparison with 2019. As inflation and meals costs surged to a 40-year excessive, NYC meals pantries and soup kitchens are actually seeing 14% extra month-to-month guests than they did simply in January 2022. In response to the excessive stage of want, City Harvest will rescue and ship at the very least 75 million kilos of meals this yr, sustaining meals rescue and supply operations practically 20% above pre-pandemic ranges.

“Feeding individuals goes past important dietary wants, it additionally gives emotional sustenance and hope for the longer term,” stated Zakarian. “A particular thanks goes to all of the cooks and sponsors that participated. The work we do along with City Harvest is prime to creating New York a group that’s supportive and resilient.”

Since March 2020, New Yorkers have struggled by way of many challenges together with the present financial surroundings making City Harvest’s providers in excessive demand.

“We are so grateful to the legendary Gary Player, Herb Karlitz, and all of the fantastic cooks and athletes who got here out to assist City Harvest and our work feeding New Yorkers in want,” stated Jilly Stephens, CEO of City Harvest. “This yr’s occasion will assist us feed practically 850,000 of our neighbors. As costs surge for requirements like meals and lease, this assist is extra essential than ever.”

Key sponsors included Porsche Englewood, providing a 2022 Porsche Macan as a hole-in-one prize; Lacoste, the official sponsor of the tennis event and offered all tennis gamers with a polo shirt; NFTable, the official menu sponsor; and Fujikura Golf; in addition to Cafe Spice; Cantina Puiatti Wine; Cloud Water Brands; Curamia Tequila; Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin; Origen Holistic Spirits; and Spiritless.

In-kind sponsors embody Acme Smoked Fish; Black Diamond Caviar; Bruno’s Bakery; Dynamic Brands; Fever-Tree, Hudson Valley Foie Gras; illy caffè; La Caravelle; LA Golf; Lucoli Brick Oven Pizza; Prime Food Distributor; Stella Artois; Urbani Truffles; and Zakarian Hospitality.

Participating cooks & restaurateurs embody:

Cosme Aguilar, Casa Enrique

Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern

Nobile Attie, Lucoli Brick Oven Pizza

Franklin Becker, Press Club Grill

Eitan Bernath, Eitan Productions

Terrance Brennan, Brennan Group Hospitality

Kenny Callaghan, Boots & Bones

Josh Capon, Fly Fish Club

Cesare Casella,

Preston Clark, Lure Fishbar

Mike Cole, Mikey Likes It Ice Cream

Michael Cressotti, The Mermaid Inn

Rocco DiSpirito

Josh “Shorty” Eden

Fabrizio Facchini, Urbani Truffles

Stephen “Octoman” Fried

Jose Garces, Garces Events

Michael Ginor, Hudson Valley Foie Gras

Marc Glosserman, Hill Country BBQ

Esther Ha, Momofuku Ko

Kerry Heffernan (Tennis Co-Chair), Grand Banks

Matthew Katakis & Orlando Sanchez, Butcher Bar

Jamal James Kent, Crown Shy

Simon Kim (Tennis Co-Chair) & David Shim, COTE Korean Steakhouse

Alex Lee (Culinary Chair), Alpine Country Club

Roni Mazumdar & Chintan Pandya, Dhamaka

John McDonald, Mercer Street Hospitality

Edward McFarland, Ed’s Lobster Bar

Hari Nayak, Cafe Spice

Helen Nguyen, Saigon Social

Don Pintabona

Alfred Portale, Portale Restaurant

David Rabin & Bartender Samantha Casuga, Temple Bar

Dan Reilly, Reilly’s Rib Cage

Jimmy Rizvi & Zahir Khan, GUPSHUP

Jason Rosenthal, Brick + Dough

Marcus Samuelsson, Red Rooster Harlem

John Stage, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Ron Straci, Rao’s

Carlos Swepson, BLVD Bistro

Cédric Vongerichten, Wayan

Melba Wilson, Melba’s

Geoffrey Zakarian (Golf Chair)

About City Harvest

City Harvest is New York’s first and largest meals rescue group, serving to to feed tens of millions of New Yorkers who battle to place meals on their tables. This yr, we’ll rescue at the very least 75 million kilos of recent, nutritious meals and ship it—freed from cost—to greater than 400 meals pantries, soup kitchens, group companions, and our personal Mobile Markets throughout the 5 boroughs. We work alongside our group companions to spice up group capability, develop vitamin schooling, and strengthen native meals techniques. For 40 years, City Harvest has at all times been there to feed our metropolis—in the future, one meal, one New Yorker at a time. To study extra, please go to

About Gary Player

One of the best worldwide gamers of all time, who has received 165 tournaments on six continents over seven a long time. He is one in every of solely 5 golfers to win all 4 main championships in a profession, often known as the Grand Slam, and is the one participant to ever full the profession Grand Slam on each the PGA Tour and its seniors’ equal, the Champions Tour. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974 and obtained the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, making him the primary worldwide recipient of the award. In addition to his legendary golf profession, he’s recognized for being a passionate health advocate, incomes himself the nickname, “Mr. Fitness.” Nelson Mandela as soon as commented that “…Gary Player’s accomplishments as a humanitarian and statesman are equal to and should even surpass his accomplishments as an athlete.”

About Karlitz & Company

Event Producer, Karlitz & Company (KCO), for greater than thirty years, has been an trade chief in designing memorable experiences that allow its purchasers to interact with their purchasers and prospects. KCO prides themselves on taking easy ideas and designing one thing memorable. Whether by way of culinary and wine centered experiences, music festivals, sports activities, or vacation spot occasions, KCO leverages the life-style verticals that work greatest for every consumer.

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