New York City Chefs Serving Up Smiles at Chelsea Piers


EnCourage Kids Foundation will be hosting their 2nd annual Serving Up Smiles Tasting Event on Monday, October 24, 2016, at CURRENT, Chelsea Piers’ newest venue located at Pier 59 18th Street & Hudson River, NYC.

Master of Ceremonies, Culinary Bad Boy – Chef Chris Nirschel, will emcee an exciting evening and bring awareness for the 275,000 children and families that enCourage Kids Foundation serves, supports and uplifts. Proceeds from this event will help kids facing health challenges to be carefree kids by creating environments and experiences that help them through each step of their medical journey. “We are incredibly excited and appreciative to have the enthusiasm of these amazing chefs and restaurants who are supportive of our mission. We’re looking forward to an incredibly successful evening,” says Michele Hall-Duncan, Executive Director, enCourage Kids Foundation. Live Wire Entertainment will provide music and the attendees can mix and mingle with the city’s hottest chefs and sample signature dishes, delectable cocktails and delicious wines from an elite roster of restaurants. The silent auction will include trips to exotic locations, tickets to various sporting events and restaurant gift certificates for all to enjoy.

Participating restaurants include: Butter – Chef Michael Jenkins, El Toro Blanco – Chef Josh Capon, Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse – Chef Admir Alibasic, Robert Restaurant – Chef Luisa Fernandes,Melt Shop – Chef Spencer Rubin, Buns Bar – Chef Viko Ortega, Arcade Bakery – Baker and Owner Roger Gural, Kellari – Chef Dan Nistorescu, Cowfish – Chef David Hersh, Bryant Park Grill – Pastry Chef Anne-Marie Noonan, Café 2 & Terrace 5 at MoMA – Chef Dan Jackson, The City Bakery – Baker and Owner Maury Rubin, Melt Bakery – Pastry Chef and Owner Julian Plyter andCarlo’s Bakery (Cake Boss) – Baker and Owner Buddy Valastro. Enoclassica, Pinot Project, Post Wine and Spirits, Disaronno, Barterhouse, Soltado Spicy Añejo Tequila and Tito’s Handmade Vodka are the Spirits and Wine sponsors for the evening.

Our generous sponsors for Serving Up Smiles are American Airlines, Bryant Park Grill, Capital One Bank, Bank United, Cougar Capital, The Feil Family Foundation, Robert Restaurant, Sanders Family, Signature Bank, Lucy & David Ball, Buchbinder & Warren, Excel Global Security, Principal Building Services and Titan Advisors.


Thirty-one years ago, enCourage Kids opened its doors and hearts to children battling chronic, serious, or life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Our passion for improving the lives of sick children, and their family members, continues to drive us today. With their needs in mind, we have developed unique, family-centered programs that use entertainment and technology to make hospital visits a little less frightening and have created exciting family outings that make everyday life a little more fun.

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