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June 05, 2013

A Taste of Summer in Central Park

By Erin Schumaker | New York

A Taste of Summer in Central Park
Courtesy of Central Park Conservancy

Summer, for all intents and purposes, has arrived in New York. To celebrate both the season and Manhattan’s Central Park, the Central Park Conservancy is back with its 17th annual Taste of Summer benefit, held June 19 on the park’s iconic Bethesda Terrace. More than 800 guests are expected to congregate and sample food from the city’s top chefs (participating restaurants include 21 Club, P.J. Clarke’s, Armani Ristorante, La Esquina, Maya and Serafina) and bid on items in a silent auction deejayed by Alexandra Richards, the youngest daughter of Rolling Stone Keith Richards.

Board of trustees member Gillian Miniter is looking forward to delicious cuisine and the event’s recent move back to Bethesda Terrace. (In 2011 it was held in nearby Naumburg Bandshell.) “I love that area of Central Park,” she says. “It’s a special area because of the formal fountain and the beautiful Minton tiles that line the ceiling of the Arcade.”

High-powered attendees like fashion designers Lela Rose and Michelle Smith, as well as interior designers Mario Buatta and Geoffrey Bradfield, are expected to join the festivities, and the Conservancy hopes to raise nearly $700,000 for the park. Individual tickets cost $4,000; tables, from $10,000; Bethesda Terrace, Central Park; 212-446-2242; centralparknyc.org/taste.

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