December 17, 2013

New York’s culinary and philanthropic communities joined Citymeals stalwarts at Stella 34 Trattoria on Monday, December 16th to celebrate the 80th birthday of Citymeals Co-Founder and Chair Gael Greene. The evening offered cocktails and a walk-around dinner, with a roast and toast to the honoree. In lieu of birthday gifts, Greene asked guests to consider making a donation that would deliver meals to one of our 18,000 homebound elderly.

More than three decades since founding Citymeals, Greene continues to be steadfast in her commitment to our mission. “I feel other people’s pain. When someone I know is suffering, I feel it. It’s so easy to see them as your own grandparents, their sense of loneliness. To see yourself.”

In addition to her work with Citymeals, Greene is a celebrated restaurant critic, columnist (more than 50 articles for Cosmopolitan alone) and New York Times best-selling author of seven books.

Citymeals Board Co-President Chef Daniel Boulud remarked, “Gael Greene is Citymeals’ foundation and soul. Tonight, we celebrate Gael’s insatiable influence on many generations of chefs, foodies and critics. But, most importantly, we celebrate the valuable contributions she has made to Citymeals-on-Wheels over the past 30 years.”

Read more about the party here:

"Outpouring of Love at Birthday Bash for Gael Greene" from Page Six
"Happy 80th Birthday to Legendary Critic Gael Greene" from Eater
"Still Hoping for a White Christmas..." from New York Social Diary