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The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) hosted its 4th Annual Food & Wine Gala at the iconic Metropolitan Club in Manhattan. The organization was the first child protective agency in the world and has been around since 1875! The NYSPCC helps abused and neglected children by providing counseling, legal and educational services thanks to the funds that are raised by events like these.

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This year’s gala featured started with a wine tasting featuring five different types along with passed hors d’oeuvres. Our favorite wine was the Notorious Pink Rosé! This portion of the evening was followed by a sit down dinner and program with a menu curated by Chef Michael Anthony. Chef Anthony is best known for his work at Gramercy Tavern and most recently for Untitled at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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The menu kicked off with a beet salad with buttermilk and pine nuts, followed by a Mushroom Lasagna that Chef Michael Anthony said originated when his child was born. The main savory attraction was a Braised Lamb Shoulder with Broccoli Puree. The meal ended on a sweet note with a Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream and Toasted Caramelized Pecans. Wines at dinner were provided by Tournesol and Caymus Vineyards.

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Fox News Anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle hosted the event, and wore a pretty severe jewelry piece adorned to her dress. Her powerful words touched the entire room, especially knowing that this was a cause that she sought out to help with. Guilfoyle took her involvement a step further and even raffled off a tour and dinner with her, raising an additional $15,000 for the charity.

Editor in Chief of Bon Appétit Magazine, Adam Rapoport, was also on hand to introduce Chef Michael Anthony. Everyone that spoke explained why this was the one cause there were no questions about helping with. Christie’s auctioneer Lydia Fenet rounded out the evening by leading a live auction, which raised close to 600K.

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Guests left satiated with the food and wine that was consumed and with the knowledge that they were supporting a cause that makes a real difference. The breathtaking venue didn’t hurt either! We look forward to seeing what the event brings to life next year and to hear stories of all the children this year’s event has helped.

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For more information about the cause, please visit www.nyspcc.org for more information.

– Stephanie

Photos via NYSPCC and by Socially Superlative