Gala Details


A GRAND CHEFS TASTING

APRIL 17, 2019 | 6:30PM
PIER SIXTY, NYC 

This year’s Food for Thought gala shines a spotlight on our SKILLs students and alumni.

We will unveil exciting new plans to expand services for these amazing young adults.

Join us as chefs from the most noteworthy restaurants in New York City prepare palate-pleasing cuisine paired with an open bar of top-shelf spirits and wine selections.

Sip, savor, mingle and enjoy the delicious savory and sweet tastings that will be offered––all while supporting our beloved Cooke community!

Honorees

Dr. Michael Termini

President, Cooke School and Institute

Brett Rogoff

CEO, Strategic Group

Sponsorship Opportunities

Architect Sponsorship

$50,000

Underwrites cost of SKILLs expansion and new alumni programming

  • 18 VIP Gala tickets
  • 30-second digital journal ad
  • Architect level signage – step and repeat branding
  • VIP Lounge with private bar and exclusive tastings
  • Sponsor 3 Cooke teachers to attend event

Master Builder Sponsorship

$25,000

Underwrites cost of SKILLs facility expansion

  • 12 VIP Gala tickets
  • 20-second digital journal ad
  • Master Builder level signage – step and repeat branding
  • VIP Lounge with private bar and exclusive tastings
  • Sponsor 2 Cooke teachers to attend event

Designer Sponsorship

$12,500

Underwrites cost of new alumni programming

  • 6 VIP Gala tickets
  • 10-second digital journal ad
  • Designer Level signage – step and repeat branding
  • VIP Lounge with private bar and exclusive tastings
  • Sponsor 1 Cooke teacher to attend event

Individual Tickets

V.I.P Individual Ticket

$1,500

  • 1 VIP ticket to gala
  • VIP Lounge with private bar and exclusive tastings
  • Open Bar
  • Chefs tasting
  • Sponsorship of 1 teacher to attend event

Individual Ticket

$500

  • 1 VIP ticket to gala
  • Open Bar
  • Chefs tasting

Sponsor A Teacher

$500

  • Purchase an additional ticket for a Cooke teacher to attend the event.

Journal Ads

Please submit Journal ads by April 1, 2019

30 seconds

$2,500

  • Full-page in online journal
  • On screen at event and on website

15 seconds

$1,500

  • Full-page in online journal
  • On screen at event and on website

8 seconds

$750

  • Full-page in online journal
  • On screen at event and on website

Chefs and Restaurants*

*Chef list subject to change.

ABIGAIL KIRSCH | Matthew Tiscornia

BOULEY AT HOME | David Bouley 

BROOKLYN ROASTING COMPANY | Michael Pollack

CAVIARTERIA | Walter Drobenko

ÉPICERIE BOULUD | Arthur Dehaine

HUERTAS | Jonah Miller

INSTITUTE OF CULINARY EDUCATION | David Waltuck

JAMS | Heather Miller and Ginger Pierce 

KUMA INN | King Phojanakong

LA CENTRAL | Franklin Becker

LAURIE & SONS | Laurie Freeman Pauker & Deidre Freeman

LORING PLACE | Diana Valenzuela

LUV MICHAEL

NOBU DOWNTOWN | Michele Goldsmith

OCEANA | Douglas Hernandez

OLE & STEEN | Derek Hunt

PEASANT | Frank DeCarlo

ROBERT | Gonzalo Colin

SHUKA | Ayesha Nurdjaja

TAO DOWNTOWN | Ralph Scamardella & Tony Inn

TAVERNA DI BACCO | Maurizio Crescenzo

VIC’S | Hillary Sterling

VILLANELLE | Christian Grindrod and Charlie Mitchell

Directions

PIER SIXTY – New York City Wedding & Event Venue

Between 23rd & 24th Streets & The West Side Highway South
212-336-6060

Benefit Committee

CO-CHAIRS

Wendy Banner
Heather Damon
Deidre Featherstone
Karen and David Waltuck
Barbara Wolf

COMMITTEE

Suzanne and James Aisenberg
Ron Barth
Carolina and John Ciferni
Ofer Cohen
Andrea and Paul Compton
Stephanie Doerfler and Michael Casteele
Limor Goren
Sandra and Joseph Lambert
Carmen and Ivan Lorenzana
Cia and Robert Marakovits
Anndra and Steve Martinelli
Governor David A. Paterson
Alina and Ozzie Ramos
Mary Sliwa
Rosemary Suh and Shawn Watts
Julia Tung and Tongwei Liu
Denise and Stewart Zwerling