25th Anniversary Wine Dinner and Charity Auction
Fine wine, food, and music, and a landmark moment at Le Bernardin Privé
On Thursday, February 7, we celebrated the artistry of wine and music at our annual Wine Dinner and Charity Auction. The evening brought together over 120 passionate supporters and guests in the elegant Le Bernardin Privé for a five-course wine dinner designed by Chef Eric Ripert, music by our extraordinary young artists, and an exciting live auction directed by Jamie Ritchie, Senior Vice President and Worldwide Head of Sotheby’s Wine.
The evening raised over $780,000 in support of our students, alumni, and faculty…and Toby and Itzhak Perlman’s dream, now in its 25th incredible year.
The evening kicked off with a stylish reception sponsored by Krug Champagne. Guests enjoyed Krug Grand Cuvée poured from magnums while placing their bids on fun silent auction packages. Highlights of the silent auction included: fashion by Karl Lagerfeld Paris, club seats for the Mets at CitiField, dinners at 2 spring and Lincoln Ristorante, Napa Valley getaways, cult California vintages in large formats, prime Burgundy picks, prestigious Bordeaux, rare digestifs, and much more.
Maestro Itzhak Perlman gave a warm welcome, and encouraged guests to raise their paddles high for PMP! An exquisite dinner was served, with highlights generously arranged by Alessandro Bonino and Tartufi Morra, and Michael Affatato and Leah Sullivan of the Mattituck Village Cheese Shop. Courses were paired with vintages from Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Napa, generously provided by Sotheby’s Wine, Bryant Estate, and Kongsgaard Wine.
Jamie Ritchie took the podium and presided over a thrilling and spirited live auction. Highlights included Krug Champagne, Sine Qua Non, Bryant Estate, an Imperial of 2013 Chateau Margaux and lunch at the chateau, a magnum of 2011 Domaine la Romanée-Conti Romanée Saint-Vivant, 1982 first-growth Bordeaux, dinners at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Eleven Madison Park, Le Bernardin, The Modern, Tribeca Grill, Saint Julivert Fisherie and La Vara, a weeklong getaway in a private luxury Paris apartment, and Napa experiences hosted by the elegant Meadowood Napa Valley and Cardinale.
Toby Perlman introduced three musical interludes performed throughout the evening by our captivating young artists: excerpts from Popper’s Concert Polonaise for Cello and Piano, Dvorak’s iconic “American” String Quartet, and – to top off the evening –Mendelssohn’s monumental Octet for Strings. At the close of the auction, Toby Perlman moderated an impromptu Q&A between the artists and the delighted guests.
Our Charity Auction would not be possible without the inspiring leadership of our dedicated Co-Chair group: Stephanie and Gavin Albert, Leslie and James Attwood, Bettina S. and Donald L. Bryant, Ann and Michael Bunyaner, Vanessa and Henry Cornell, Ellen and Rodger DeRose, Bari and Neil Goldmacher, Deborah and John Gross, Cornelia and Ralph Heins, Hayley Järvi and Roger Schagrin, Dalia and Levi Kelman, Katherine and Peter Kend, Vera and Robert Loeffler, Eilene and Ronald J. Oehl, Pamela and Edward S. Pantzer, Joanna S. and Daniel Rose, Diane and Thomas Tuft, and Eileen and Ronald Weiser.
Click here for a full list of our supporters, donors, and guests! We are so proud and honored to have their support, and grateful to all who make our event a success year after year.
Our heartfelt thanks go out to: Jamie Ritchie for his expertise and presence at the podium and Sotheby’s Wine for their incredibly generous support, Joel Rubins and The Wine Vault @ Western for generously storing and shipping the evening’s valuable vintages, Per Holmberg for skillfully preparing the auction catalog, and Chef Eric Ripert and the entire team at Le Bernardin Privé for providing a spectacular venue and experience.