30th Annual Citymeals Power Lunch for Women Honors Co-Founder Gael Greene at The Plaza

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Top Left: Georgette Farkas of Rotisserie Georgette; Citymeals’ Beth Shapiro; Carla Hall of “The Chew”; Citymeals Co-President Bob Grimes; Katherine Gage Boulud; Citymeals’ Co-President Chef Daniel Boulud; and Karen Page; Top Right: “CBS This Morning” legal analyst Rikki Klieman and Karen Page; Bottom Left: Karen Page with Citymeals co-founder Gael Greene; Bottom Right: The ballroom at The Plaza

“In its 35th year, Citymeals has raised over $410 million to bring weekend, holiday and emergency meals to vulnerable older neighbors who can no longer shop or cook for themselves in the five boroughs of New York City.  Citymeals-on-Wheels will deliver over 2 million meals in the city this year and count 15,000 volunteers this year as the number of needy multiplies.”
–Citymeals’ 30th Annual Power Lunch for Women program

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Yesterday at The Plaza, more than 400 of the city’s most powerful women gathered together to raise more than $1 million for Citymeals-on-Wheels, which is headed by Executive Director Beth Shapiro, and to celebrate the organization’s 35th anniversary with its 30th Annual Power Lunch for Women.

citymealspowerlunch2016carlagaelThe event also honored co-founder Gael Greene, who started Citymeals with James Beard 35 years ago, and whom emcee Carla Hall and the crowded ballroom at The Plaza welcomed to the podium yesterday with a rousing standing ovation for her years of dedication to this organization.


Top left – top:  Citymeals Co-President Chef Daniel Boulud with Karen Page; Top left – bottom left: Karen Page with Maura Rose; Top left – bottom right: Gael Greene with designer David Rockwell; Top Right: Dirt Candy chef-owner Amanda Cohen with Karen Page and filmmaker Donna Zaccaro; Bottom Left: Rikki Klieman, Barbara Lazaroff, Ruth Reichl, and Karen Page; Bottom Right – Top: Diana Wyenn, Dee Soder, and Karen Page (top) and The Corcoran Group’s Sharon Baum with Karen Page and Marcia Stein


David Rockwell

This annual event is always one of the best days of the year, when synchronicities inevitably bring old friends and new friends together.  Seating is done by drawing a table number from a large silver bowl, as ably demonstrated by designer David Rockwell, who was one of dozens of $10,000 Men in attendance.

Karen had the pleasure of drawing Table 4 — which happened to seat both honoree Gael Greene and her niece Dana Stoddard, along with chefs Amanda Cohen (of Dirt Candy fame) and Elizabeth Falkner, designer/restaurateur Barbara Lazaroff, and Manhattan dentist Julie Cho.  Credit for catering the lunch’s lovely Poached Pear and Blue Cheese Marble with Toasted Walnut, Black Pepper Sable, and Winter Greens; Truffle Pot Pie with Lattice Crust; and Small Sweets goes to CEO Liz Neumark‘s Great Performances, paired with Justin Vineyards’ 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2014 “Overlook” Chardonnay.


Top Left: Karen Page with Carla Hall of “The Chew”; Top Right: Eli Pollard, Chef Zarela Martinez, and Karen Page; Karen Page with Food & Wine co-founder Ariane Batterberry; Bottom Middle: Karen Page with The Intrepid’s Susan Marenoff (top) and Citymeals board member Suri Kasirer (bottom); Bottom Right: Barbara Lazaroff, Ruth Reichl, and Karen Page

Yesterday’s lunch emcee was none other than the awesome Carla Hall, co-host of “The Chew,” of whom we’ve been a fan both for her contagious passion and positivity and, selfishly, for her admiration of our book THE FLAVOR BIBLE, about which she’s said the kindest things to Publishers Weekly and others.  After lunch, Karen was finally able to thank Carla for her kind words, and discovered that Carla manages to shine even brighter in person.  She is an absolute delight.


Top Left: Georgette Farkas, Beth Shapiro, Carla Hall, Bob Grimes, Katherine Gage Boulud, Daniel Boulud, and Karen Page; Top Right: Karen Page with Dana Stoddard (aka “Gael’s Niece”); Bottom Left: Donna Hanover with Rikki Klieman; Bottom Right: Karen Page with Laura Maioglio, owner of Barbetta, the oldest founding family-owned restaurant in NYC


Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Gael Greene’s lovely niece Dana Stoddard, a passionate yogi, and were touched by her two-page tribute to her aunt in this year’s event program, which closes:


Gael Greene, we join Dana and Citymeals in saluting you for “being Gael Greene” (well said, Steven!) and for your dedication to this extraordinary 35-year-old organization.  We’re both so happy to be a part of Citymeals’ extended family, and to be able to encourage others through their support and participation to become a part of this important New York City family, too.

Citymeals-on-Wheels provides meals to New York City’s homebound elderly; 100 percent of your donation supports this mission (as administrative costs are covered by New York City’s Dept. for the Aging and Citymeals’ Board), and it takes less than two minutes to make a contribution online here.

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