Jean Shafiroff, Drew Nieporent and David Burke honored at Taste of Hope gala

Last week, the American Cancer Society hosted its 11th annual Taste of Hope event at the Metropolitan Pavilion. The gala featured food, wine and spirits from some of New York’s most popular restaurants.

Participating restaurants and chefs included cancer survivors Eric LeVine of Morris Tap & Grill and Chef Antonio Prontelli of Rock Center Café, AG Kitchen, Alidoro, Almond, BLT Prime, Calle Ocho, Fresco By Scotto, La Fonda Del Sol, Luke’s Lobster, Magnolia Bakery, Nobu New York, Rock Center Café, STK Downtown, Todd English, Triomphe, Voilà Chocolat and many more. In all, roughly 50 restaurants and vendors participated.

The event, hosted by event chairs Mark D. Friedman, Jamie Koff and the 2016 Taste of Hope Volunteer Committee, gathered over 800 affluent epicureans and philanthropists and raised over $200,000.

Over it’s 11 year history the gala has raised over $1.5 million for the American Cancer Society.  Highlights from the silent auction included an exclusive Hamilton theater package, a Fiddler on the Roof theatre package, a Martha Stewart cooking kit, a Knicks pre-game ballkid experience and a golf tutorial by a PGA Tour superstar instructor.

This year’s honorees were David Burke and Drew Nieporent, as well as Jean Shafiroff.