Thousands Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner in Harlem

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Last Wednesday, the Food and Beverage Association of America prepared and served Thanksgiving dinner to approximately 2,000 children and families at The Children’s Aid Society’s Dunlevy Milbank Center in Harlem. Top chefs from some of New York’s finest hotels and restaurants cooked and served an estimated 250 turkeys, 20 pounds each, along with all the trimmings.

Wayne Whinna, director of Food and Beverage at The Sheraton New York Hotel & Tower and Executive Chef Joe Fontanals, led the culinary efforts once again. Gladys Mouton Di Stefano, president of both the Food & Beverage Association and At Your Service Party Consulting, organized the dinner and coordinated all the donations for the 23rd consecutive year.

As always, the Milbank Center's gym had a restaurant-style floor plan where families could dine together around flower centerpieces inspired by the holiday. The youngest guests donned crisp chef hats and lively music filled the room. Richard R. Buery, president and CEO of The Children’s Aid Society, also joined this special event and helped serve dinner before he joined guests to enjoy a meal himself.

Photography by Lily Kesselman