On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at The Essex House, Spoons Across America hosted a reception to recognize the outstanding achievements of Spoons Across America’s National Spokesperson, Chef, Author and TV Personality, Chef Jacques Pépin.  At this event, we honored Chef Jacques Pépin, National Spokesperson for Spoons Across America, in recognition of his extraordinary career and his deep commitment to our organization’s mission of promoting healthy eating through creative educational programming.

Jim Perdue, CEO Perdue Farms, served as Honorary Corporate Chairman

Chef Bill Yosses, the former White House executive pastry chef and founder of Kitchen Garden Laboratory presented Chef Pépin with the Spoons Across America Award for Excellence for his long history of support for Spoons Across America, a relationship which began more than a decade ago and continues to this day.

Sebastian Clarke, Estate Specialist of Rago Arts and Auctions served as Auctioneer.

“We are delighted and honored to be recognizing Chef Jacques Pépin, a man of extraordinary culinary talent, unwavering commitment to family, and dedication to promoting healthy eating through creative educational programming – a true culinary trailblazer.” said James Grosso, Executive Director at Spoons Across America. “He embodies the behaviors that we work so diligently to instill in those children who participate in our nutrition-based educational programs.”

A few notable guests included Mitzi Perdue, Chris Perdue, Jan Perdue, Katherine Boulud, Lori and Michel Nischan, Alain and Arlene Sailhac, Anne Bramson, Gail Zweigenthal, Elbrun Kimmelman, Kathy Springhorn, Jane Ridolfi, Joyce McKeon, and Julian Michelle Engle.

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