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September 11, 2014
Some of New York City's best chefs and restaurateurs gathered on Monday, September 8th at Michael Jordan's The Steak House N.Y.C. to show off their delectable desserts and treats for the launch of "Sweet September" – an initiative to raise funds and awareness for Citymeals-on-Wheels.
Nine iconic culinary establishments across the city have designated specific "Sweet September" selections and will donate at least $1 to Citymeals for each one sold from September 8th through September 21st.
Citymeals Executive Director Beth Shapiro joined board members Aliyyah Baylor (Celebrity Baker/Co-Owner of Make My Cake) and Mathew Glazier (President of the Glazier Group), as well as Myriam Eberhardt, (Pastry Chef at DBGB), Pierre Poulin (Pastry Chef at Aureole), Chad Brauze (Executive Chef at Rôtisserie Georgette), Georgette Farkas (Owner of Rôtisserie Georgette), and Stephane Motir (Pastry Chef at Tribeca Grill) at the event kick off.
The festivities continued later that evening as former White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses and Aliyyah Baylor taught an exclusive cake decorating class at Make My Cake in Harlem. Yosses and Baylor demonstrated their techniques to the class and attendees were then given their own cakes to decorate with hands-on help from the experts.
Shapiro commented, "Thank you to all of our 'Sweet September’ participants for their extraordinary generosity and compassion. Special thanks to Mathew Glazier, Penny Glazier and Aliyyah Baylor for hosting today’s events. While this program will certainly satisfy the sweet tooth of many a New Yorker, its broader purpose is to raise money to ensure that Citymeals can continue to provide a lifeline of nourishment and companionship to the 18,000 homebound elderly we serve. Having just sampled some of these delicious desserts I can say, without hesitation, that charity has never been sweeter."