SEPTEMBER 25, 2011 

Landmark Feast benefits Landmark West! & Friends of Roosevelt Park
New York, NY (May 18, 2011) – This September, Landmark West! and Friends of Roosevelt Park join Outstanding in the Field and the American Museum of Natural History in hosting a seasonal, culinary celebration of the Upper West Side.  Last night, honorary event chair Ruth Reichl and chefs John Fraser and Bill Telepan along with the Landmark Feast steering committee and nearly 50 guests led a kick-off event in a private home with spectacular views overlooking Roosevelt Park, the green oasis surrounding the Museum venue.  

On Sunday, September 25, 2011, the Arthur Ross Terrace at the American Museum of Natural History will be transformed into an extraordinary outdoor dining room for a four-course sit-down dinner – served family-style at one long communal table under the stars – featuring best-quality local food prepared by some of the Upper West Side’s most brilliant chefs, all of whom are invested in the neighborhood, and are donating their time and talent, including: 

Jonathan Benno, Lincoln
Chef/Collaborator Ed Brown with Executive Chef John Miele, Ed’s Chowder House
Erin Burns, A Voce
John Fraser, Dovetail
Vito Gnazzo, The Leopard
Johnny Iuzzini, Jean-Georges
Michael Lomonaco, Porter House
Marc Murphy, Landmarc
Madge Rosenberg, Soutine
Damian Sansonetti, Bar Boulud
Bill Telepan, Telepan
Tom Valenti, Ouest

Ruth Reichl, award-winning editor and writer who was the Editor in Chief of Gourmet Magazine for ten years until its closing in 2009, will serve as the event’s honorary chair.  “Landmark Feast combines many elements I hold dear – preservation of a great New York City neighborhood, the Upper West Side of Manhattan, farm-sourced local ingredients and a celebration of these outstanding chefs,” states Reichl.

In addition, pre-dinner walk-around cocktails and tastings will be provided by up to 20 top neighborhood restaurants, including ‘Cesca and Café Luxembourg.  The event is orchestrated by Outstanding in the Field, an organization that hosts roving culinary adventures re-connecting diners to the land and the origins of their food, and honors local farmers who cultivate it (

The American Museum of Natural History has generously donated space for Landmark Feast to help support efforts to preserve and beautify the 8-acre city park surrounding the Museum.  This is the first farm-to-table dining event to take place at the Museum.

Advance tickets for the first-ever Landmark Feast begin at $500 including the cocktails & tasting (4:00p to 6:00p) as well as the sit-down dinner (6:00p to 9:00p).  General tickets ($250 for the dinner plus cocktails & tasting, $100 for cocktails & tasting only) will go on sale this summer, subject to availability.
All proceeds from Landmark Feast support Friends of Roosevelt Park, a 20 year-old non-profit group working with the Museum and the New York City Parks Department to beautify Roosevelt Park, the 8-acre park surrounding the Museum, and Landmark West! (, the grassroots organization responsible for preserving the Upper West Side’s historic character and livability for the past 25 years.  Because of these two 501(c)(3) nonprofits, this neighborhood is one of the most beautiful and desirable places on earth.

"Landmark Feast is a celebration of all things local.  We are honored and excited to partner with Friends of Roosevelt Park, Outstanding in the Field, and so many of the most esteemed chefs in Manhattan, with whom we share common goals—preserving and sustaining the qualities that give our beloved Upper West Side its distinct flavor," says Kate Wood, executive director of Landmark West!

To learn more about Landmark Feast or to purchase tickets, go to  Reservations can also be made by calling 212-496-8110. 

Landmark Feast
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Cocktails & Tasting:  4:00p to 6:00p
Family-Style Farm Dinner: 6:00p to 9:00p
Arthur Rose Terrace at the American Museum of Natural History

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