NEW KDHamptons Diary: Teen Foodie Dylan Richards Serves Up The Scoop On His Eponymous TV Show~ Dylan’s Lunchbox!

Southamptonite Dylan Richards [above], a junior in high school in New York City, is the host of Dylan’s Lunchbox, a local TV show that showcases restaurants and cafes in NYC that serve healthy, locally and organically grown, humanely raised food. He has appeared on NYC Media, Plum TV, Taxi TV, with a second season of Dylan’s Lunchboxt hat is currently airing now. Dylan’s work revolves around the central questions of why something healthy should be used, rather than the cheap alternative and why people should think about where their food comes from.

Playing an active role in the spread of good food awareness, Dylan is also a food critic on Lunch NYC, a three-time Emmy nominated television show that reviews and critiques venues throughout NYC, the Hamptons and is dedicated to the support of local farms and organic growing practices. As if that’s not enough on this teen’s plate, in order to spread his message of healthy eating, Dylan also contributes every week to and has appeared on the radio show Edible Escapes and!

Working together with the Birds Nest Foundation in support of the Ground Up Campaign, Dylan helped educate school children on how to make healthier choices and informs them about the origins of food, as well as the importance of safe, sustainable, organic growing practices. Birds Nest founder Avis Richards shares, “Dylan is an important link to the younger demographic and helps his peers identify a healthy lifestyle as a leader in the promotion of healthy eating and the support of local farms.”

The Richards clan!

Dylan is a varsity baseball player for the Bayside Yankees and lives between his Manhattan and Southampton homeswith his parents [above] Avis and Bruce, sister Chloe, and 3 very close friends, his three dogs: Snowball, Sparkles, and Simba. Check out the dish on Dylan’s KDHamptons Diary below:

KDHamptons: How long have you been coming to the Hamptons? Why do you love it so much?

Dylan Richards: I’ve been coming to the Hamptons my entire life. Every now and then you just need a break from the chaotic, all-consuming life of New York City. The Hamptons is the place where I can recharge and spend time with my friends, family, and our three dogs.

KDHamptons: Please describe your show, Dylan’s Lunchbox,  for our readers?

Dylan: Dylan’s Lunchbox is my eponymous television show that takes viewers on a tour of New York City’s tastiest healthy restaurants and gives tips on how to keep and maintain a fit and well-balanced lifestyle. It is broadcast on New York City’s public broadcasting channel, NYC Life on Channel 25, as well as the web!

KDHamptons:  What inspired you to get involved with this project?

Dylan: It all started when I first moved to New York City and I didn’t like the lunch my school served. It was really unhealthy, loaded with preservatives, and didn’t have a lot of fruits and vegetables. But instead of eating the food, I would either starve myself until dinner, or sneak out during lunch and go to Whole Foods where I could pick up a dependably healthy well-balanced meal. I knew that I wasn’t the only kid who was being served unhealthy food, so I decided to take a stand.

KDHamptons: What are your favorite Hamptons restaurants, got a favorite dish you get every time?

Dylan: Southfork Kitchen is one of my favorites in the Hamptons. Chef Joe Isidori has a unique take on Clam Chowder that uses local vegetables and sustainable Lake Montauk clams. He even makes his own sea salt!

My other favorite is Estia’s Little Kitchen in Sag Harbor. I usually start out with their Mini Shrimp Tacos and then get either the Paella made with local fish, or the Hanger Steak Azteca. It’s amazing!

And for dessert, what’s better than a cup of Banana-Mango soft serve from Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Co. in Water Mill? It’s a delicious healthy alternative that’s also dairy-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, gluten-free, and organic!

KDHamptons: Describe your perfect Hamptons day in detail?

Dylan: My perfect day in Southampton would start with an early morning breakfast at home or a bike ride into town for a chocolate croissant from Tate’s Bakery. Then I’d head to the beach for some body surfing. Then, back home for a big lunch on the patio made with delicious organic ingredients from The Green Thumb farm stand. I’d spend the afternoon with my family in the yard: a little football, tennis, lifting, or swimming. After that it’s off to the baseball field at Southampton High School for some batting practice and fielding. I might hit the track for some sprinting drills. After the work out, I head home and eat dinner with my family, and finish off the day eating gelato from Sant Ambroeus by a beach bonfire.

KDHamptons: Do you like to cook at home? What’s your best dish?

Dylan: I love to cook at home. My favorite right now is organic guacamole with organic roasted chicken. They’re both so easy to make and go together so well!

KDHamptons: Who has been your favorite chef to interview and why?

Dylan: Chef John Marsh of Greensquare Tavern was one of my favorite interviewees. He took me on a tour of the Green Market at Union Square where he and his daughter meticulously selected the local, organic ingredients he uses in his restaurant. He’s a down-to-earth guy that truly loves what he does, and you can taste that love in his food.

KDHamptons: What has been the most exciting moment of your career thus far?

Dylan: I was also invited to the White House [below] to meet the extremely talented White House Assistant Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Foods Initiative, Sam Kass. He works on First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move”anti-obesity campaign and was easily one of my favorite people to interview. My mom and I toured the amazing White House organic garden and the kitchen where he works. I even got to meet 1600 Pennsylvania’s top dog, Bo, who chased us all through the corridors. With both of Sam and I being healthy food advocates, we naturally had a lot to talk about.

Dylan with mom Avis at the White House!

KDHamptons:  If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have one dream meal what would it be? [appetizer, entree, dessert, beverage]

Dylan: A Caesar Salad, a great bowl of pasta, and Veal Milanese, would be my desert island meal. And whether it be a chocolate shake or just pure dark chocolate bars, no meal is complete without chocolate. My favorite chocolatier is La Maison Du Chocolat right by Rockefeller Center.

KDHamptons: Do you have any desire to become a chef or open a restaurant one day?

Dylan: Right now I’m taking things one day at a time. I’m very focused on my academics, studying for my ACTs, and playing baseball. I plan to study business or engineering in college and hope to explore different options. But even after high school, I will always be an advocate for healthy eating.

For more information on Dylan and to watch episodes, please go to:

Eat NYC 2012: A Food Day Celebration at Food and Finance High School


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Eat NYC 2012: A Food Day Celebration at Food and Finance High School

Celebrate National Food Day during Eat NYC! Veggiecation, The Birds Nest, Local Food Support Network and Whole Foods Market invite families to Food and Finance High School for an evening of food tasting, a keynote speech by chef Rocco DiSpirito, and screenings of LunchNYC, a TV food series hosted by teen food critic Dylan Richards. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for kids.

To purchase tickets, click here. For more information, click here.

Stevies award for women in business


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LUNCH: The Film,  Video of the Year
The film premiered March 22, 2010 at the Environmental Film Festival.

Birds Nest Foundation , New York, NY U.S.A

Birds Nest Foundation is a non-profit creative group that produces high-quality documentaries, short videos and public service announcements (PSAs) for charitable organizations. Founded in 2006 by our CEO Avis Richards, Birds Nest has acquired many awards for our visual media for many charities

As nation-wide funding for school cafeterias rapidly decreases, and high-calorie, low-nutrient meals have become order of the day, our nation’s children are being afflicted by a slew of diet-based diseases. In LUNCH, a revealing short documentary, director Avis Richards investigates the causes and consequences of “growing up in a junk-food culture.” Through numerous on-site interviews with food workers, doctors, educators, and students, LUNCH provides a candid, penetrating, and disturbing account of the National School Lunch Program’s failure to promote the proper dietary habits for our youth’s well-being.

Executive Producer: Avis Gold Richards
Directors: Israel Bonequi and Avis Richards
Camera: Jonathan Rafman, Douglas Hollingworth
Editor: Douglas Hollingworth
Narration: Carlon Colker, M.D.
Music: Ragni
Consultant: Thomas Unterberger


KDHamptons article

Avis and Bruce Richards

Richards family

Privet Hedges

Avis Richards,Stephanie Hirsch, and Kelli Delaney

Christy Turlington and Chef Tom Colicchio

Organic breakfast

Living room

Breakfast room

Southfork Kitchen


Calypso Southampton

Roberta Freymann

tom ford

Avis and Bruce Richards

Avis Richards

Occupation: CEO and Founder of Birds Nest Foundation, Executive Producer and Creative Content Director for 3-time Emmy nominated show Dylan’s Lunchbox, mom of Chloe and Dylan, and married to Bruce Richards [CEO, Marathon Asset Management]

Current Residence: Southampton & NYC


KDHamptons:  How long have you been coming to the Hamptons, and what do you love most about the East End?

Avis Richards: We have been coming out to the Hamptons for the last 15 years. Southampton is my favorite vacation destination in the world, and what makes it so wonderful is the calming serenity of the landscape~ from the beautiful beaches and privet hedges, to the rolling farms. The night life and dinner parties are so much fun because of our friends and amazing people we have met—it’s just a happy place! We spend every weekend with friends & family and cherish every weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day. I have traveled all over the world with my husband and family and yet, despite our desire to explore and travel, we continue to rank Southampton as our favorite destination!


KDH:  Will you please describe Birds Nest Foundation for KDH readers?

Avis: Birds Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit creative group that provides charitable foundations with a media announcements and short documentaries that tell the story and raise awareness. We travel throughout the United States granting media content to non-profits, charities, and NGOs. Our high quality documentaries, short videos, and public service announcements promote activism and awareness.


KDH: Tell us about the upcoming United Way event you are hosting on Saturday, August 25th, at your gorgeous Hamptons home?

Avis: This weekend, I am co-hosting a party for United Way at my Southampton home to raise funds and awareness for less fortunate New Yorkers, many of which go to bed hungry, including children and the elderly. Along with Jon Bon Jovi, and Chef Tom Colicchio [Craft], the “What’s on your table?” event will be a walking dinner party under the stars!


KDH:   Do you love to entertain at home? Please share a Hamptons hostess “must-do” and “don’t”?

Avis: Yes, I always entertain at home. A “must-do” is to always bring a gift for the hostess when you’re invited to their house. A “don’t” is to not RSVP at all!


KDH:  Share your “dream” dinner party guest list~ pick anyone [dead or alive] that you would choose to invite?

Avis: Okay, here’s my list:

1. The late photographer, Slim Aarons, I would love to hear all of his stories!

2. Princess Di, She did so much to advance philanthropic causes around the world.

3. Ronald Reagan, our former President and great world leader, who happens to have visited our home when it was owned by Carroll Petrie.

4. George Clooney, just because…..

5. Derek Jeter, just because….for Bruce and Dylan :)

6. Will Ferrell and Chelsea Handler for a good laugh

7. Jon Bon Jovi to rock out the night…….just like he will do this Saturday night!!


KDH:  Describe your perfect Hamptons day in detail for our readers?

Avis: A perfect Hamptons day would consist of waking up early, taking Stacey Griffith’s spin class at Soul Cycle with my daughter, Chloe, and then coming home to a great breakfast made with organic local foods. A mid-morning walk on the beach with my husband and one of our three poodles followed by a quick dip in the pool. Sparkles, one of our dogs weighs 8 pounds and she swims laps with me in the pool~ that always makes me laugh! Lunch on our patio with family and friends and then taking my son to the baseball field is always part of day. I love the down time of sitting at the pool, reading a book, and walking in town is part of everyday life at the beach.


KDH:  How would you describe your Hamptons home and decorating style?

Avis: This question is actually better answered by Raphael diTommaso [Partner and Creative Director of diTommaso and Colaku Design Firm].  Raphael shares, “The architectural qualities of “Little Plains” are a set of strong, classical elements, naturally lending themselves to a formal grandeur that isn’t particularly relevant to Avis and her family’s summer lifestyle.”

Adding, “The design is a balancing act between the formal grandeur of the architecture, with an interior that allowed for all of the elements of a great summer refuge, namely; serenity, durability against a lot of family play, and the ability to experience the lush gardens of the estate from within.”


KDH:  What is your favorite Hamptons restaurant~ got a dish you order everytime?

Avis: There are so many, but i have to say Southfork Kitchen is my favorite. I love Michelin Star Chef Joe Isidori and his gracious staff. They have a simple concept, sustainable seafood and local fruits, vegetables, cheese and wine. They visualize the East End as a giant green market—meaning everything they need is grown, raised, caught or baked on the East End. They keep their carbon footprint to a minimum. The menu changes as the seasons change, so I love trying something new every time I go to Southfork Kitchen.


KDH:  What is your little secret about the Hamptons?

Avis: Well, if I were to tell, it wouldn’t be a secret!……..but, I will share that making a bonfire on our beach and cooking dinner over the fire with a great bottle of local Rose wine is one of my most favorite ways to spend an evening.


KDH:  You have great personal style~ do you have a Hamptons signature look? Which designer do you find yourself wearing  most out East?

Avis: My Hamptons look is casual beachy, and modern chic. I love shopping at Tenet, Jesse Warren always has great pieces from Isabel Marant. If I forgot to bring that special dress, Alison Brettschneider will always find me something at 25 Park. When I feel like I need to accessorize there is no place better than Jennifer Miller’s. For a great cover up, I head to Calypso or Roberta Freymann.


KDH:  Do you have a special summer fragrance?

Avis: Actually, I have two favorites: For day, I wear Tom Ford White Musk; For night, I wear Tom Ford Amber Absolute.


KDH:  Work, fundraising, family, home….How do you ‘do-it-all’?  Share a couple tips for busy KDHamptons readers?

Avis: Whether you are a rebel with a cause, or motivated by helping others, find your passion and just do it! Balance that revolves around family, work, eating well, daily exercise, beauty-time, and a restful night sleep is my everyday requirement!

Avis and Bruce Richards are putting their money where their mouths are.

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Avis and Bruce Richards are putting their money where their mouths are.

The documentary filmmaker and her husband, president of Marathon Asset Management, have created a documentary short called “Lunch,” which examines what children are eating through the National School Lunch Program and advocates for healthier meals in schools.

Ms. Richards is now adapting the $300,000 endeavor, created by the Richardses’ nonprofit media company Birds Nest Productions in partnership with the Earth Day Network, to create a 12-show television series to air this fall on NYC Media, a radio, TV and online network for New York City.

“Parents have a hard time juggling everything for their kids and most have no idea how poorly they eat at school,” says Ms. Richards, a mother of two. “We want to put that information out there to give kids and parents options.”

When describing school lunches, Ms. Richards says most plates are a vision of white, consisting of sugar cookies, macaroni and cheese, pizza or mashed potatoes.

Children grow up “in a junk-food culture, causing obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes,” she says. “We want to change that.”



The documentary explores alternatives to the hamburger hegemony, interviewing farmers and community leaders about their efforts to change what schools serve children. It was shown at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington and was selected to play at the Independents’ Film Festival in Florida and the International Film Festival of South Africa. The documentary also shows in Whole Foods Markets across the country.

Through “Lunch NYC” for NYC Media, Ms. Richards is going into dozens of schools across New York City to spotlight unhealthy foods served in public schools and highlighting schools that are experimenting with organic and locally-grown foods. She also plans to host a celebrity chef cook-off to see who can make the best meal for less than 97 cents, the amount Ms. Richards estimates New York City’s Department of Education spends on each school lunch.

“Lunch” is one of more than 50 films Ms. Richards has produced and directed since starting her nonprofit production company in 2006. Her work includes projects for the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education and Sophie’s Voice Foundation, a charity that raises money for medical procedures for people with spina bifida, a neurological disorder.

Ms. Richards estimates that charities often spend up to $70,000 to create short films for documentaries, public-service announcements or videos to air at gala events. So the money can instead go toward programs, Ms. Richards says she produces films for free or without a labor charge.

“We have to give nonprofits a voice,” says Ms. Richards, who doesn’t take a salary for her work. “They can’t afford it otherwise.”

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Hamptons Scene, Bruce Richards, $40,000 Colicchio Dinner


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Hamptons Scene, Bruce Richards, $40,000 Colicchio Dinner

Bruce Richards stood under a party tent anchored by multiple stakes in the lawn of his Southampton home. He was hosting the United Way of New York City “What’s on the Table?” benefit Saturday night.

“They promised it will all be back to normal tomorrow,” said the chief executive of Marathon Asset Management LP, who clearly didn’t mind supporting programs that fight hunger and boost nutrition in New York City.

Bruce Richards, CEO of Marathon Asset Management LP, chatting with Lori Silverbush and Tom Colicchio. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Bruce Richards Hosts Party for United Way NYC


Sept. 7 (Bloomberg) — Matt Miller reports on the philanthropic efforts of Bruce Richards, chief executive officer of Marathon Asset Management, and his wife, Avis. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Rewind.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Some al fresco dining in the Southampton backyard of Bruce and Avis Richards. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

The farm stand at the party turned into a make-your-own goody bag at the end of the night. In 2010, United Way of New York City helped local farmers deliver 208,000 pounds of produce to 38 food pantries. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Happy after making a winning $40,000 bid for a dinner prepared by Tom Colicchio with music by Jon Bon Jovi: William Hardie, a managing director at Houlihan Lokey, and his girlfriend, Lindsay Hoffner, a former investment banker who is now designing jewelry. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Joan Hornig, a jewelry designer whose pieces raise awareness and funds for charities. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Kevin Taylor, senior vice president for institutional advancement at United Way of New York City, Jon Bon Jovi, an event chairman, and Jennifer Jones Austin, senior vice president for community advancement at United Way of New York City. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Eva Dillon and Brendan Dillon of UBS. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Grilling peaches at the Craftbar station. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Josh Malkin, a financial adviser at Morgan Stanley, and Jamie Malkin. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Dan Gluck, a hedge fund manager at George Weiss Associates and Amanda Russell, a fitness expert. Gluck is a co-founder of Health Warrior, which sells chia seeds and chia bars online and at Whole Foods. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Raphael Di Tommaso, the interior decorator working on the Richards home in Southampton, near bookcases he artfully arranged. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Dylan Richards, Bruce Richards and Greg Herschell, a financial planner who served on the “What’s On the Table?” benefit committee. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Wearing a light-blue Brioni jacket, Richards and his wife, Avis, welcomed more than 300 guests to their property. Her dressy white shorts were covered in pink and yellow flowers. Tickets were $250, and the event raised more than $200,000.

Among its many initiatives, United Way of New York City funds urban farms, teaches healthful cooking, and brings local farm produce to food pantries.

Nutritionist Leigh Kusovitsky said she spends about 25 percent of her job at food pantries and soup kitchens.

Last week a family at a pantry in Queens, New York, left with a bag of whole-wheat pasta, fresh eggs, green beans and bread from a local bakery.

“It looked like what anyone would get at a supermarket,” Kusovitsky said, adding that the United Way promotes and funds “client choice” at pantries, allowing clients to select their own food.

Guests had their choice of produce from a farm stand set up near the driveway. On their way out they filled up brown paper bags with peppers, eggplant, zucchini and corn.

Small Plates

During the party, healthy fare came on small plates prepared by chefs at Tom Colicchio’s restaurants, including peaches served with prosciutto or sweet ricotta, from Craftbar’s Lauren Hirschberg.

William Hardie, a managing director at Houlihan Lokey, gave the evening a boost with his $40,000 bid for a dinner prepared by Colicchio with music by Jon Bon Jovi. The chef and the rocker were event co-chairmen.

Was it odd to be helping the hungry at a party in the Hamptons? “Whatever it takes to get people to show up and open up their wallets, that’s what it’s about,” Hardie said.

Colicchio’s wife, Lori Silverbush, encouraged guests to call their representatives in Congress to protect funding in the Farm Bill for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Her documentary about hunger, “A Place at the Table,” is set for theatrical release in February 2013.

“What’s hard is when people don’t ask the obvious question, which is why we have double the food we need in this country, and people are still hungry,” she said.

Rose Garden

John Demsey, the group president of Estee Lauder Cos. Inc. (EL), checked out the rose garden with hybrid varieties planted by the home’s former owner, philanthropist Carroll Petrie.

Interior decorator Raphael Di Tommaso, who is working on the home, pointed out highlights on the first floor such as an old snooker table and books he arranged by color.

On the kitchen counter were home-baked muffins and Think bars. The Richards family eats healthy, said son Dylan, a junior at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School.

With the help of his film-producing mom, he presents 90- second videos on a show called “Dylan’s Lunchbox,” in which he cooks nutritious meals with restaurant chefs. They appear on YouTube and NYC Life, the flagship station of NYC Media, the official network of the City of New York. A half-hour series of the same name is scheduled to have its premiere on Oct. 31.

“He makes a very good challah,” his mom said.

(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

To contact the writer on this story: Amanda Gordon or on Twitter @amandagordon.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at

EatNYC, a food fair


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EatNYC, a food fair to help groups like Birds Nest Foundation and Veggiecation, nutritional education programs for children, will be held on Wednesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Food and Finance High School, 525 West 50th Street. There will be talks, tastings, cooking demonstrations and book signings. Tickets are $27.37 for adults, $11.54 for children from

Tapas from Spanish restaurants will be served with Spanish wines at the Great Match to support New York Cares on Wednesday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street. Tickets are $75, or $125 for admission at 5:30 p.m.;

In an unusual fund-raising approach, a cocktail will sell for $100 at the black-tie dinner for Self-Help Africa, an organization that promotes entrepreneurship. Created by the chef Nils Noren, the Change-Maker cocktail incorporates apple juice, vodka, Sorel liqueur and Bärenjäger. The dinner, on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers at 23rd Street and the Hudson River, also includes an open bar. For tickets, $275:

A pre-Halloween cocktail party with a Jekyll-and-Hyde theme will benefit the Madison Square Park Conservancy on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Resto and the Cannibal, 111 East 29th Street. Resto will represent Mr. Hyde with a menu for carnivores, and the Cannibal will represent Dr. Jekyll with vegetarian choices. Costumes are welcome. For tickets, $100: (212) 325-1428,

Thanksgiving Localized

Local Roots, an organization that helps connect consumers with community-supported agriculture programs, will have packages of various foods from local farms available for Thanksgiving. Choices include turkey, vegetables, fruits, breads, cheese, baked goods, cider, honey and caramel corn, packaged in full shares that feed 7 to 10 people, half shares for 4 to 6. Ordering a turkey requires a deposit of $50 for full share, $30 for half. Prices for other items are $4.50 to $80. The foods will be available for delivery in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens on Nov. 17 and 18 from 2 to 8 p.m., or it can be picked up on Nov. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. You must register by

A rotating series of vendors from Smorgasburg will set up pop-up kiosks in Whole Foods Market Bowery, 95 East Houston Street, for a month. The first, through Nov. 20, is Cemita’s, which serves Mexican sandwiches and tacos. From Nov. 26 to Dec. 23, it will be Milk Truck Grilled Cheese, and from Jan. 2 to Feb. 2, it will be Mighty Quinn’s smoked meats. An Irish food cooking demonstration and tasting by the trade group Good Food Ireland will be held Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dean & DeLuca, 560 Broadway (Prince Street). The event is free:

Orange wines, a category of white wines that have an orange color and a complex, often earthy flavor, have been attracting attention among wine connoisseurs. Corkbuzz Wine Studio, 13 East 13th Street, will host a class and tasting on Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m., $45: (646) 873-6071,

Listings for the Dining Calendar should be submitted by the Friday before Wednesday publication, by using a form

United Way “What’s On The Table?” Fundraiser


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Dorothea Hurley, Susan Burden and Avis & Bruce Richards will host  the United Way of New York City’s (UWNYC)  “What’s On The Table?” fundraiser. Event proceeds directly benefit efforts to ensure that all poor and low-income New Yorkers are able to access healthy, nutritious food.  

This second annual event will feature delicious food from chef Tom Colicchio’s restaurants to underscore the need for all people to be able to eat nutritious food, regardless of their income. Renowned jazz bassist, Ron Carter will perform throughout the evening.

Giving Philanthropists Something to Chew On: The United Way’s What’s On The Table Event

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SOUTHAMPTON, NEW YORK-The United Way of New York City held its popular “What’s On The Table” event for the second year in a row at the beautiful home of Avis and Bruce Richards.  Headed up by a dynamic list of Co-Chairs including:  Susan L. Burden, Dorothea Hurley and Jon Bon Jovi, Avis and Bruce Richards, and Tom Colicchio and his wife Lori Silverbush, the event focused on bringing attention and awareness to the work necessary to combat hunger and improve nutrition for vulnerable children and families.  In addition to the impressive list of Chairs, the host committee also included a who’s who list of New Yorkers including:  Lauren Bush Lauren, Alino Cho, Candice S. Cook, Katie Lee, Cindy and Tom Wagner, among others.  Each person used their extensive network to bring together those in the philanthropic community who are passionate about ending hunger in New York City and making fresh fruits and vegetables accessible to all New Yorkers.  The event afforded guests an opportunity to enjoy food prepared onsite by chefs from event co-host Tom Colicchio’s celebrated restaurants:  Craft, Craftbar, Craftsteak, Colicchio & Sons, and Topping Rose House.

The Richards’ Hamptons home provided a spectacular backdrop for the dynamic affair.  The beautiful event included not only delicious food, but also music from a DJ that kept the party going and inspirational and moving speeches from Tom Colicchio, Jon Bon Jovi, and Lori Silverbush.  Party goers participated in a lively and exciting auction and were treated to a swag bag area that provided traditional swag/giftbags as well as fresh vegetable stations where guests were encouraged to take home the amazing produce.   It was a festive and memorable night for all.  In the spirit of keeping the party going, the after party was held at the Georgica Restaurant in the exclusive hamlet of Wainscott in East Hampton.  Guests from across the New York social scene and young philanthropists including:  Apprentice Africa’s Eunice Omole, Arielle Ergas, Ariel Feldman, Jennifer Friedman, Josy Hamren, Harley Levine, Carla Losak, Chloe Richards, Lee Rubenstein, Jennifer Tuft, Eric Mouchet, Harry Simmons, Dr. Erika Faust, and Ron Myers were also in attendance.

For more than 70 years, United Way of New York City has been working for low-income New Yorkers.  The organization helps to ensure that short-term needs are being met while they simultaneously work on long-term solutions to problems by investing in and leading evidence-based initiatives that target the root causes of poverty.

For more information, visit the United Way of New York City

Star Studded “What’s On the Table” Event in Southampton

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Tom Colicchio, Jon Bon Jovi, and Avis and Bruce Richards helped to raise more than $200,000 to benefit the United Way of New York City at “What’s on the Table” in Southampton on Saturday evening.

The 2nd annual “What’s on the Table” event took place on Saturday evening in Southampton to benefit the anti-hunger programs of the United Way of New York City. This year, more than $200,000 was raised to benefit UWNYC’s work to reduce hunger and provide more nutritious food for struggling children, families and seniors.

The event was hosted by Top Chef and restaurateur Tom Colicchio and his wife filmmaker Lori Silverbush, rocker Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea Hurley, Susan Burden, and philanthropist Avis Richards and Marathon hedge fun co-founder Bruce Richards.

“What’s on the Table” was held at Southampton home of Avis and Bruce Richards and emphasized the need not only to help the hungry in New York City access food in times of emergency but to ensure that food they receive is fresh and nutritious. Guests dined on dishes from five of Tom Colicchio’s restaurants. Chefs from Colicchio and Sons, Craft, Riverpark, Craftsteak and Topping Rose each offered two dishes featuring a local, in-season ingredient. These included zucchini (ricotta stuffed and fried zucchini blossoms), corn (corn chowder), and raspberries (raspberry cobbler), among others.

Speeches were made by Colicchio, Bon Jovi, both Richards and Silverbush, who all mentioned the critical nature of the issue of hunger in America. Guests were encouraged to call their Congressional representatives to protect funding in the Farm Bill for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which puts healthy food on the table for 46 million Americans each month.

A portion of the funds raised through the evening came from an auction presided over by Cate Smit, who sold a surprise item: a private dinner cooked by Tom Colicchio with a performance by Jon Bon Jovi at the bidders home, which sold for $40,000.

Additional guests included chef Katie Lee, supermodel Hilary Rhoda, CNN anchor Alina Cho, Estee Lauder head John Demsey, Dan Abrams, actress Natasha Bell, Royal Pains actor Rupak Ginn, United Way of New York City’s Jennifer Jones Austin and more.