Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered for every gourmand's dream on Tuesday, September 15, as Charlie Palmer and Executive Chef Christopher Lee hosted the grand opening of the new Aureole at One Bryant Park. The evening raised nearly $28,000, enough to deliver more than 4,000 meals, for Citymeals-on-Wheels, a non-profit organization that provides home-delivered, nutritious meals to frail, homebound elderly in New York City. 

The celebratory evening began with an intimate sparkling wine reception and gala dinner in the formal Dining Room. Guests were treated to an adventurous tasting menu including Hawaiian ono tataki; Chantenay carrot soup; yellow fin tuna "Wellington;" Australian lamb loin; finished with frozen orange parfait. 

Festivities continued well into the night with a Cocktail Party where guests toasted the Grand Opening with Taittinger, Cuvée Prestige, Champagne and noshed on American caviar with potato blini's and chive sour cream; gougeres filled with white truffle goat cheese; burrata cheese tortellini with English peas and toasted walnuts; Aureole's signature Sea Scallop sandwich with sear foie gras and passion fruit; Pastrami porkbelly sliders; aged NY strip with English peas and peppercorn beef jus and indulged in passed sweets while sipping Nespresso coffee, including: sheep's milk ricotta cheesecake with sour cherries; milk chocolate panna cotta with dark chocolate brownie and ginger beer; and caramel cannolis with huckleberry jus and candied lemon zest. 

Members of the restaurant industry, most notably Gael Greene; Drew Nieporent, Restaurateur; Alfred Portale, Executive Chef of Gotham Bar and Grill; Andrea Immer, wine personality; Eric Hara, Executive Chef of the Oak Room, Frank Crispo of Crispo Restaurant; Craig Koketsu, Executive Chef of Park Avenue; Fran Derby of Saam Bar; and Craig Hopson, Executive Chef of Le Cirque joined the festivities to anoint the new Aureole. 

"There's no better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than with an event to support Citymeals-on-Wheels," said Charlie Palmer. "Aureole is my soul – it's my first restaurant. Our view of 42nd Street's evolving modern landscape sparked an entirely new tempo for us. We built our ideal restaurant space designed by Adam D. Tihany, complete with dream kitchen, larger wine storage, and more diverse dining rooms." 

Citymeals-on-Wheels' Executive Director Marcia Stein said, "Our thanks go to Charlie Palmer, a long-time Board Member of Citymeals-on-Wheels, and to Chef Christopher Lee for their generous donation of time and talent. We all wish them great success with the new Aureole. They have both been deeply committed to feeding New York's frail aged and we are honored that they chose to mark the re-opening of this exquisite restaurant to help fill the plates and warm the hearts of our homebound elderly neighbors. Every dollar we raise tonight will go to fund the preparation and delivery of more than 4,000 meals. Tonight Charlie and Chris served a splendid meal. As a result, tomorrow thousands of vulnerable older people will receive nutritious meals delivered directly to the door." 

A highlight of the evening was the raffle drawing where guests purchased tickets for a chance to win a cruise for two on the Yachts of Seabourn; airfare anywhere in the U.S. on American Airlines; a signed bottle of Charlie Clay Pinot Noir; the ultimate theater package, including dinner for two, tickets to Bye Bye Birdie and an autographed show poster or other fantastic prizes. 

ABOUT CITYMEALS-ON-WHEELS: Founded in 1981, Citymeals-on-Wheels is a not-for-profit organization and public-private partnership with the New York City Department for the Aging that raises private funds to prepare and deliver weekend, holiday and emergency meals to the homebound elderly throughout the boroughs of New York City. Last year, Citymeals underwrote the preparation and delivery of 2.1 million meals to 17,000 aged New Yorkers. 

One hundred percent of donations from the public to Citymeals goes toward the preparation and delivery of meals for homebound elderly. For more information, visit

ABOUT AUREOLE: Charlie Palmer's signature Progressive American cuisine first took root in the original townhouse location of Aureole, where the chef made an early commitment to farm over factory food. Today, Aureole shines at the spectacular Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, under the kitchen leadership of Executive Chef Christopher Lee. Dining at the sleek, contemporary Aureole is staged in three venues: The Bar Room, Dining Room and Private Dining Room. 

Lunch served Monday - Saturday from 12:00-2:30pm; Dinner served Sunday - Thursday from 5:00-10:30pm, and Friday - Saturday 5:00 - 11:00pm. Late night post-theatre menu available until Midnight, Monday - Saturday. 212.319.1660 for reservations. One Bryant Park, 135 West 42nd Street between 6th Avenue and Broadway. 

Media Contacts:
For Citymeals-on-Wheels: 
Kim Esp 
Linden Alschuler & Kaplan, Public Relations; 212.575.4545 

For Aureole/Charlie Palmer Group: 
Christa Weaving 
Director PR & Marketing, Charlie Palmer Group