Citymeals Culinary Circle

In 1981, restaurant critic Gael Greene and chef and cookbook author James Beard founded Citymeals on Wheels after reading a New York Times article about the homebound elderly having nothing to eat on weekends and holidays. They rallied their friends in the food world, raising $35,000 to provide meals for their frail aged neighbors that Christmas.

Citymeals has remained deeply rooted in and supported by the chef community since then. With that in mind, in 2016, Citymeals Board Co-President Chef Daniel Boulud, Board Member Chef Charlie Palmer, Board Member and restaurateur Drew Nieporent and Board Co-President Robert S. Grimes conceived the Citymeals Culinary Circle – a program to engage the next generation of charitable “foodies” with our mission.

Chefs Bill Telepan and Elizabeth Falkner at the Culinary Circle’s Summer 2016 gathering

The Citymeals Culinary Circle is comprised of New York City chefs, restaurateurs, food writers, editors and culinary industry influencers. In addition to strengthening their support of isolated older New Yorkers, members of the group are encouraged to mentor one another.

Gael Greene, Co-Founder and Board Chair, Citymeals on Wheels

Citymeals Culinary Circle Members

Michael Anthony
Gramercy Tavern

Franco Barrio

Aaliyah Baylor
Make My Cake

Andy Bennett & Michael Gabriel
The Sea Grill

Jamie Bissonnette

Lauren Bloomberg
Culinary Producer/Food Stylist

Rebecca Brooks
The Brooks Group

Cesare Casella
Chef, Restaurateur & Author

Frank Castronovo & Frank Falcinelli
Frankies Spuntino

Francine Cohen
Director, Spirits
Colangelo & Partners 
Editor in Chief

Leah Cohen
Pig & Khao

Rebecca Dengrove
Vedic Brands

Christine DiPietro
Altamarea Group

Luca Di Pietro
Tarallucci E Vino

Andrew Dornenberg
Author, Photographer

Jon Eisen
Between the Bread

Florence Fabricant
Columnist, The New York Times

Elizabeth Falkner
Chef, Author

Georgette Farkas
Rotisserie Georgette

Julianne Feder
The Gastronerd

Susie Fogelson


Marc Forgione
Marc Forgione, American Cut

Jonna Gerlich
Altamarea Group

Markus Glocker

Ben Grossman & Craig Samuel
B + C Restaurants

Josh Henner

JJ Johnson
Chef & Author, Between Harlem and Heaven

Peter Kaminsky
Journalist, Author & Television Producer

Jerry Katzenberger
Tarallucci e Vino

James Kent

Adin Langille
Charlie Palmer at the Knick
& St. Cloud

Maria Loi
Loi Estiatorio

Shane Lyons
Chef and Entrepreneur

Jo-Ann Makovitzky
Culinary Aspirations Realized

Dean Martinus
Great Performances

Douglas Matthews
C. V. Starr & Co

Daniel Meyer
Dination Supper Club

Jonah Miller

Tai Muhammed

Robert Nieporent
Epicurean Group

Michael “Buzzy” O’Keeffe
River Café

Karen Page

Antonio Prontelli & David Buico
Rock Center Café

Ruth Reichl
Chef, Writer & Producer

Alex Reyes
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

Ali Rosen
Podcaster, Writer, & Television Personality

Elise Rosenberg

Audrey Saunders
Pegu Club

Jesse Schenker

Andrew & Jonathan Schnipper
Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen

Rob Shepard & Laura McDonald
Project Farmhouse

Victoria Segal

Bryce Shuman

Andrew Smith

Ivy Stark
El Toro Blanco

Jenna Tanenbaum

Bill Telepan

Jacques Torres
Jacques Torres Chocolate

Cédric Vongerichten
Perry St

Jeff Zalaznick
Major Food Group

Chi Zhang
Yaso Tangbao