Pier Sixty was a gastronomic wonderland on Monday night for supporters of the American Ballet Theatre who gathered for the 2009 Culinary Pas De Deux, a benefit to raise funds and awareness to preserve and extend the great repertoire of classical dancing.
Co-chaired by Cheryl Katz, Paula Mahoney, Ruthe Ponturo, Jerry Ruotol and Melissa Smith with special guest hosts ABT dancers Marcelo Gomes and Craig Salstein, the evening celebrated New York’s culinary world with a selection of the city’s top chefs from restaurants including Gramercy Tavern, Aureole, Nobu Fifty Seven, Cafe des Artistes and Toqueville.
“It’s a great way to get people mingling and visiting all of the food and cocktail stations, instead of staying seated all night,” explained Melissa Smith, a co-chair for the benefit (and recent board member), who grew up attending the ABT as a young girl. Between tasting the savory appetizers and delicious cocktails from mixologists such as Albert Trummer of Apotheke and Jeff Mancini of Elizabeth, guests enjoyed short “Dancing with the Stars,” inspired numbers with leading ABT dancers including a lively salsa and hip hop number.
For those in the shopping mood, an impressive silent auction featured luxuries for all tastes and interests including an extraordinary safari to Kenya and a custom designed cocktail dress by Project Runway Winner, Christian Siriano.
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