Over 250 guests were filled with good food and good will at our second annual Serving Up Smiles tasting event which took place on October 24th at CURRENT at Chelsea Piers.

Serving Smiles 2016

Hosted by “Culinary Bad Boy” Chef Chris Nirschel, this year’s event raised nearly $225,000 for our programs, all benefiting our enCourage kids and families. Guests including NFL Legend Tony Richardson, former NY Giants player Christian Peter, Olympic Medalist Sasha Cohen, and Z100 Host Shelley Rome sampled signature dishes from some of the most coveted restaurants and chefs in NYC. These chefs are an inspiration and their drive is exemplified by the success of their businesses. They really are an inspiration. Anyone looking to enter the business world could learn a lot from them and also from these inspiring Business Quotes.

Serving Smiles 2016Throughout the evening Live Wire Entertainment filled the room with incredible music, providing the perfect background for guests as they wined and dined.

Some delicious bites of the night included chilled shrimp ceviche from El Toro Blanco, short rib deviled eggs from Robert, and hot chocolate with melted chocolate cookies from City Bakery. Spirits soared as Disaronno served up a refreshing signature cocktail alongside exquisite wines from sponsors including Enoclassica and the Pinot Project.

In addition to serving up decadent assorted cake bites, Carlos Bakery helped us celebrate one year under our new enCourage Kids brand with a beautiful cake replicating our logo and signature balloon.

Serving Smiles 2016

Shining a light on our organization and impactful programs, Frank Amodeo, dad of enCourage kid Nicholas, shared the story of how his family got involved in our Escapes program and what our organization means to them.

“With enCourage Kids you don’t feel so alone in your struggles. By creating these events, linking families and organizations together, they help thousands enjoy many recreational activities that we truly need in times of struggle,” Frank explained.

Serving Smiles 2016

The Amodeos have been a part of enCourage Kids for over 5 years. Through our program they have enjoyed a warm and welcoming support system while bonding with other families that are also going through many difficult times with their children. “We love being a part of this organization. It has truly brought so much joy to our family when we need it most,” Frank shared with the audience.

A big thank you to all of our participating chefs, restaurants, and sponsors for helping us Serve Up Smiles. The night would not have been possible without you!

Serving Smiles 2016

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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

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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

Carlo’s Bakery (Cake Boss)
Baker and Owner Buddy Valastro

Wine and Spirits:
Enoclassica, Pinot Project, Post Wine and Spirits, Disaronno, Barterhouse, Soltado Spicy Añejo Tequila and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Thank you to our generous event sponsors: American Airlines, Bank United, Bryant Park Grill, Capital One Bank, Cougar Capital, Feil Family Foundation, Robert Restaurant, Sanders Family, Signature Bank, Lucy & David Ball, Buchbinder & Warren, Excel Global Security, Principal Building Services and Titan Advisors.

Serving Smiles 2016

Serving Smiles 2016

Serving Smiles 2016

Serving Smiles 2016

Visit our Serving Up Smiles album for more event photos!