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Restaurant critic Gael Greene and chef and cookbook author James Beard founded Citymeals on Wheels in 1981. Since then, the restaurant community has been deeply committed to our mission, generously supporting us through partnerships and events over the years.
Every year since 1984, through the annual Citymeals Dineout program, more than one hundred of New York’s most prominent restaurants generously donate a first-class dinner for six to be given to Citymeals donors who support the program with a donation of $3,500-$10,000. Each year the program introduces patrons to new restaurants and dining experiences while raising nearly $500,000 for Citymeals on Wheels.
Citymeals Culinary Circle
Citymeals Culinary Circle is a council-type group of New York chefs, restaurateurs, food writers, editors and culinary industry influencers. The assembly is intended to be one that not only continuously engages with the food community, but also one that sees its individual members mentor one another, while supporting Citymeals’ mission.
Chefs Deliver brings together a rotating cast of culinary stars who, once a month, lend their talents to Citymeals – cooking and often personally delivering meals right to the doors of homebound elderly New Yorkers. From iconic establishments and destination restaurants to popular casual spots, some of the city’s best kitchens have delighted our recipients who can no longer enjoy the simple pleasure of going out to eat.
For the month of September, restaurants, bakeries and sweet shops throughout the city support Citymeals on Wheels by donating a portion of the proceeds earned from any number of the desserts or sweets offered on their menus.
Brunch in the Boroughs
For the month of May, restaurants across the five boroughs celebrate the start of spring by donating a portion of the proceeds from specifically designated items on their brunch menus to Citymeals on Wheels. Alternatively, restaurants add a line to patrons' bills to encourage direct donation to the organization.
The silent auctions at annual Citymeals' Power Lunch for Women and Sunday Supper at DANIEL, as well as other special events during the year, raise significant funds to support our mission. Chefs, restaurants and food shops can support these fundraising efforts with a generous donation of dinners for two, four, or six guests; cooking classes; tours and tastings of the kitchen and wine cellar; or other unique dining experiences.
A “round-up” is perhaps the simplest and easiest way in which local restaurants can support Citymeals on Wheels. Chefs, restaurants and food stores can encourage customers to make a charitable donation by rounding up the total on their bill or at the register to the nearest dollar. These charitable promotions can run for a specific period of time or indefinitely. Citymeals is grateful to friends such as Citarella, The Riese Organization, D’Agostino Supermarkets, and many others who host round-up programs for Citymeals each year.
Whether it is opening night, the introduction of a new Executive Chef, or any other special occasion, restaurants and other venues may support New York’s homebound elderly by donating a portion of the proceeds to Citymeals on Wheels.
The annual Chefs’ Tribute event at Rockefeller Center is Citymeals’ longest running partnership with chefs and restaurants across the globe. Each June, 35-50 chefs from around the world showcase their talents by preparing a signature dish for this one-of-a-kind tasting event. Chefs create a special dish fitting with that year’s theme are asked to prepare 1,000 tasting portions. Chefs and restaurants and are invited by the event committee, though chefs may submit their name for consideration.
Interested in learning more? Fill out our partner form to get more information on how you can partner with Citymeals.