The Central Park Conservancy will hold its annual Taste of Summer on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 , from 7:00 p.m. –11:00 p.m. at the iconic Bethesda Terrace.
The event serves up culinary fare from top New York City chefs and restaurants at this one-of-a-kind tasting in the heart of Central Park.
This annual benefit for the Central Park Conservancy brings together visionaries in support of its mission to restore and maintain the Park. Taste of Summer also features a luxury-filled silent auction, dancing to one of the city’s hottest DJs and The Taste Café (available exclusively to table buyers) hosted by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group.
Tickets are available online.
Food, food food
Featuring tastings by, but not limited to:
Brasserie Les Halles
The Carlyle Restaurant
The Central Park Boathouse
About The Central Park Conservancy
The Central Park Conservancy was founded in 1980 by a group of dedicated civic and philanthropic leaders. They were determined to end Central Park’s dramatic decline in the 1970s and restore it to its former splendor as America’s first and foremost major urban public space, as envisioned by its 19th-century designers, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.
Today, the Conservancy’s mission is to restore, manage and enhance Central Park, in partnership with the public, for the enjoyment of present and future generations. In 1998, the Conservancy and the City of New York signed a management agreement formalizing their then 18-year public-private partnership. The relationship was reaffirmed in 2006 when the agreement was renewed for an additional eight years.
As the official manager of Central Park, the Conservancy is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance and operation of the Park. Presently, 90 percent of the Park’s maintenance operations staff is employed by the Conservancy, which provides 85 percent of Central Park’s $42.4 million annual Park wide expense budget through its fundraising and investment revenue.
The City, in addition to the annual fee to the Conservancy for the services it provides, funds lighting, maintenance of the Park drives and enforcement. The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation retains policy control, has discretion over all user permits and events in the Park, and provides 10 percent of the field staff.
Get tickets online at the Conservancy’s Web site.