Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals on Wheels

Due to the Covid-19 crisis, we have decided to cancel this year's Chefs' Tribute in order to protect the health of our chefs, staff, and supporters. Please consider making a gift to support our emergency response.

If you have already ordered tickets, they will be honored for Chefs’ Tribute in 2022. If you have questions, please email

In 1985, renowned chefs Larry Forgione and Jonathan Waxman were spearheading plans for a benefit evening that would mark the eighty-second birthday of Citymeals Co-Founder James Beard and feature chefs from across the country, including many of Beard’s protégés. Sadly, he passed away just months before the event. Instead of canceling, fellow Co-Founder Gael Greene and the participating chefs decided to honor Beard at the party.

The birthday party is now our tribute to a man whose life was about savoring every deliciousness, living each moment and sharing the abundance.

- Gael Greene, Citymeals Co-Founder

On June 3, 1985, 850 guests celebrated the larger-than-life culinary star at Rockefeller Center Plaza, sampling dishes like marinated cinnamon pork loin, blackened redfish and Beard’s own recipe for strawberry shortcake.

Every June since then, we honor James Beard – and the food world’s commitment to our mission – at the Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals on Wheels. In 2019, The Butcher, The Baker, The Cocktail Shaker raised nearly $800,000 to provide over 108,000 meals for frail aged New Yorkers. Watch behind-the-scenes highlights from the event:

Learn about Chefs’ Tribute over the years.


Learn about Tribute over the years.

Chefs Tribute 2016
A view of ¡Qué rico! Celebrating Latino Cuisine and Culture in 2016.

Thanks to Citymeals’ official airline, American Airlines, for their sponsorship. With their help over the years, Chef's Tribute has raised more than $20 million dollars.