October 5, 2011

A Tribute to Jacques Pépin and Prince Robert of Luxembourg

Last Saturday, October 1st, I was the Mistress of Ceremonies for a fun and lively group at the very first Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival’s Tribute Dinner.  The honorees for the evening were distinguished wine producer Prince Robert of Luxembourg and legendary chef, author and educator Jacques Pépin.  The dinner was produced in partnership with the New York chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier and presented by Bank of America.  The evening began with a reception hosted by Ariane Daguin, of the D’Artagnan empire, and Abigail Kirsch Executive Chef Alison Awerbuch.  The dinner that followed was prepared by some of the world's most iconic chefs – Daniel Boulud, Alain Ducasse, Laurent Gras, Alain Sailhac, and Jacques Torres.  Each delicious course was paired with extraordinary wines from Domaine Clarence Dillon and Chateau Haut-Brion.  There was also a fabulous live auction benefiting the Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength, as well as a silent auction benefiting Les Dames d’Escoffier New York’s Makes A Difference Scholarships.