Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals

In 1985, renowned chefs Larry Forgione and Jonathan Waxman were spearheading plans for a benefit evening that would mark the 82nd 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.

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.

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

This year, after two years off during the pandemic, the beloved event returns on June 13th! And, for the first time ever, we'll be in a new location – Cipriani South Street at the historic Battery Maritime Building. The 35th Annual Chefs' Tribute to Citymeals on Wheels: Neighborhoods of New York will celebrate the city we love, as chefs from all five boroughs showcase their signature dishes and flavors.

Tickets and corporate sponsorships are now available.

Learn more about Chefs' Tribute over the years and check out behind-the-scenes highlights from The Butcher, The Baker, The Cocktail Shaker in 2019:

Learn about Chefs’ Tribute over the years.


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

If you had already ordered tickets for Chefs' Tribute in 2020, they will be honored for Chefs’ Tribute this year. If you have questions, please email