VIP Reception presented by
Highlighting the best of the Upper West Side culinary scene, Best of the West 2013 will showcase signature fare created by 40 celebrated chefs and restaurateurs. Hosted by Gail Simmons (Top Chef Judge and Food & Wine's Special Project's Director) it is a glamorous night of fine cuisine with wine and spirits guaranteed to tantalize, stimulate and motivate the most discerning palates. Adding to the star power of the event will be a tribute to visionary restaurateur Danny Meyer, founder and CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group (Union Square Café, Gramercy Tavern, Maialino, Blue Smoke, Shake Shack, etc.) and his USHG Upper West Side colleague, Randy Garutti, CEO of Shake Shack, the worldwide success story that has changed the perception of quick-food service forever. It's a magical night of sophisticated cuisine and delectable cachet held beneath a grand tent with music provided by Joe Bataglia and his 17-piece ensemble, "The New York Big Band." VIP tickets are available for those who want early access to the chefs, food and drinks. VIP guests will also receive a signed copy of Danny Meyer's book, "Setting the Table".