In 1985, renowned chefs Larry Forgione and Jonathan Waxman were spearheading plans for a benefit evening that would mark the eighty-second birthday of Citymeals Co-Founder James Beard and feature chefs from across the country, including many of Beard’s protégés. Sadly, he passed away just months before the event. Instead of canceling, fellow Co-Founder Gael Greene and the participating chefs decided to honor Beard at the party.
THE BIRTHDAY PARTY IS NOW OUR TRIBUTE TO A MAN WHOSE LIFE WAS ABOUT SAVORING EVERY DELICIOUSNESS, LIVING EACH MOMENT AND SHARING THE ABUNDANCE. CityMeals Website