On Wednesday, April 5th, 2017, Spoons Across America held its 3rd Annual Spring Benefit at The JW Marriott Essex House, where we honored Rachael Ray and Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. for their dedication to children’s food literacy and nutrition education. Over 200 guests joined us for a wonderful evening raising money for Spoons Across America’s programs. Through their generous support, we launched our program for 1st Grade, Spoons Food Explorers, in Fall 2017!
2017 INDIVIDUAL HONOREE
Rachael Ray, television personality, businesswoman, celebrity cook, magazine editor, and author will be honored for her dedication to empowering children and their families to develop healthy relationships with food. Through her work in television and print, Rachael has inspired families to explore cooking and eating meals together.
2017 CORPORATE HONOREE
Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. will be honored for its commitment to bringing attention to the importance of healthy nutrition and family meals with its Future Foodies program at Ferguson showrooms for children and parents in the communities it serves.
The Award for Excellence was created to honor the extraordinary careers of individuals and corporations working in the Culinary Arts, and to acknowledge their commitment to promoting healthy eating, access to quality food, and creative culinary and nutrition-based educational programming.
- 2016 Individual Honoree – Gail Simmons
- 2016 Corporate Honoree – New York Times Food Section
- 2015 Individual Honoree – Chef Jacques Pépin
SPOONS ACROSS AMERICA 3RD ANNUAL SPRING BENEFIT COMMITTEE
Jeff Bank • Mindee Blanco • Olga D’Alto • Robert “Chef Bobo” Surles
Tim Shanley, Victoria Fine Foods Inc.
Master of Ceremonies
Robert “Chef Bobo” Surles
Executive Chef, The Calhoun School
Lauren Amanda Adler • Courtney Armour • Dan Bank • Jenee Blanco
Charlotte Castillo • Marisa Colaneri • David Curtis • Iris DeVita
Lynda Dias • Dana Ian • Yuan Ji • Julia Jordan • Rachel Landy
Evan Merlis • Richard Mandell • Kate Magaram • Kate McCarthy
Rachelle Parker • Sonalika Ramnani • Evan Schutz • Andrea Sherman
3RD ANNUAL SPRING BENEFIT AUCTIONEER
Sebastian Clarke; Director, Estate Services for Rago Arts & Auction Center