The Autism Speaks to Wall Street: Fourth Annual Celebrity Chef Gala was held on Monday, October 4, 2010 and raised over $1.6 million in support of Autism Speaks. The event was held at New York’s Cipriani Wall Street, in the heart of the city’s Financial District and was sponsored by Susan and Steven Wise of KRG Children’s Charitable Foundation, SeaMiles and Puzzlebuilder. The grand venue served as a fitting backdrop for a spectacular evening that featured over 100 chefs preparing four-course meals and dessert tableside. Over 600 guests were treated to the culinary showcases of some of the of the nation’s most renowned chefs, including Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio (Colicchio & Sons); Franklin Becker (Executive Chef & Event Co-chair); Terrance Brennan (Artisanal & Picholine); Wylie Dufresne (WD-50) and Masaharu Morimoto (MORIMOTO).
The evening was hosted by Charlie Trotter, Executive Chef and Owner of Charlie Trotter’s, and CNBC’s Donny Deutsch. Guests enjoyed the musical talents of singer-songwriter Kyle Cousins, an extraordinary young musical artist who expresses through song what life is like living with autism, along with The Great Chefs Band starring Tom Colicchio, Phil Roy, Marc Vetri and Jonathan Waxman. The event included a silent and live auction featuring one of a kind culinary and vacation packages. Guests were also able to support “Fund a Cure,” a bidding event which raised funds for research dedicated to finding a link to autism through environmental factors. The event was co-chaired by Jennifer & Franklin Becker, Susan & Philip Harris, Susan & Kevin Murray, Alison & Duncan Niederauer and Suzanne & Bob Wright.