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The Art of Cooking Gala
by Julianka Bell, Internal Operations and Communications Manager

On Wednesday, November 2nd, The Sylvia Center will be hosting The Art of Cooking gala at Bohemian National Hall in NYC, where guests will be treated to an extraordinary meal inspired by the rich cultures and diversity of all five boroughs in which the organization teaches. The evening will begin with cocktails and demos by The Sylvia Center’s students, followed by a seated dinner, and live and silent auctions featuring exciting culinary packages and unique experiences.

This year’s event will honor Board Member Michael Pollack, his wife Barbara Marcus, and their family for their longtime commitment to supporting the organization’s growth, and their passion for great food and healthy communities. The Sylvia Center’s program partner, Andrea Bachrach Mata of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), will also be honored for her contributions over the past four years, enabling The Sylvia Center to expand their Cooks for Health program to serve ten NYCHA community centers spanning the five boroughs.

The evening’s menu is being curated by Chef Michael White, multiple Michelin and New York Times-starred chef and restaurateur. In 2015, Chef White designated The Sylvia Center as beneficiary of his Culinary Masters dinner with the Robb Report. Since then, he has guest taught teen apprentices from The Sylvia Center’s ExpandED program, a program that prepares Brooklyn and Bronx teens to teach healthy cooking classes to children in NYC summer camps.

Since The Sylvia Center was founded in 2007, their mission has been to inspire young people to become healthy eaters and advocates for healthy food in their own communities. This year is proving to be The Sylvia Center’s biggest year yet — programs are active in more communities than ever before and they are on track to teach over 2,600 students in NYC how to cook healthy food for themselves and their families. Please join The Sylvia Center this November as they celebrate and honor their students, program partners, and leading supporters in recognition of their commitment to the healthy and human benefits of fresh food for young people and families everywhere.

Tickets can be purchased at, and all proceeds from the evening will support the expansion of The Sylvia Center’s New York City programs.

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