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.
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 Chef
Aaliyah Baylor Make My Cake
Andy Bennett & Michael Gabriel The Sea Grill
Jamie Bissonnette Toro
Lauren Bloomberg Culinary Producer/Food Stylist
Rebecca Brooks The Brooks Group
Cesare Casella Chef, Restaurateur & Author
Frank Castronovo & Frank Falcinelli Frankies Spuntino
100% of your donation will be used for the preparation and delivery of meals, thanks to our partnership with the New York City Department for the Aging, along with gifts from our board of directors and others designated for administrative expenses.