You are invited to our Spring 2021 Virtual Gala!

Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 7 pm

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Rescuing Leftover Cuisine is thrilled to invite you to its 2021 Spring Gala, Twenty-Twenty-Won: Winning Despite Adversity! The virtual event will feature speakers and a panel focused on the theme of resilience and hope. Please join us as we reflect on the challenges and successes of 2020 experienced by RLC, our restaurant partners and our HSA partners.

Every year, 40% of all produced food in the USA is wasted and thrown away. Rescuing even one third of the wasted food would be enough to eliminate hunger in the US. During COVID, the number of food insecure individuals is higher than before, reaching 42 million Americans. In 2020 alone, RLC rescued over 750,000 lbs of food across eight US cities and broke fundraising records. The 2021 Spring Gala hopes to celebrate these accomplishments and support a cause that has become more important than ever.

Eight years ago, RLC was founded based on CEO Robert Lee’s passion. Coming from a food insecure home in Queens, Robert was moved to quit his job at a major bank to reduce food waste and hunger in NYC. With the money raised from this event, RLC will work towards a world where simultaneously food security and food waste are eliminated.

All proceeds will benefit Rescuing Leftover Cuisine. Ticket holders and sponsors will be sent an event attendee box as an interactive component of the virtual gala.


Event hosts commit to joining and expanding our community of food rescuers and raising $500 through silent auction items, ticket sales or sponsorships.

Benefits of being an event host include, joining the RLC team, two tickets for the event, opportunity for collateral to be shared in gift bags, host name on event program, and staff dedicated to help hosts share RLC’s mission.

Aditi Davray

Carrie Goldin

Giorgia Favaretto

Kevin Garvey

Liz Doherty

Robert Lee

Solomon Choi

Soraya Depowski

Sunit Shah

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For more information contact Robert Lee at or call us at (646) 592.2229




Platinum Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Ashish Contractor

Keynote Speaker

Amanda Cohen

Chef and Owner of Dirt Candy

Amanda Cohen is the James Beard-nominated chef and owner of Dirt Candy, the award-winning vegetable restaurant on New York City's Lower East Side. She is also one of the Iron Chefs on Iron Chef Canada alongside Susur Lee, Lynn Crawford, Rob Feenie, and Hugh Acheson, and she is a board member and treasurer of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs.

RLC 2021 Honoree

Alex Atzberger

CEO of Optimizely, Co-Founder of the Wonderbon Chocolate Co., Member of RLC Board of Directors

Alex Atzberger is the CEO of Optimizely and the Co-Founder of the Wonderbon Chocolate Co. He joined the RLC Board of Directors in 2020 and has since been a major contributor to the organization, having participated in numerous food rescues, launched a Give Away campaign through the Wonderbon Chocolate Co., and raised a substantial amount of funding for the cause.


James Winans

CEO of the Bowery Mission

James serves as President & CEO following 15 successful years of leadership at The Bowery Mission. James oversees the Mission’s expansive work across eight campuses in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, leading a team of over 150 full-time and seasonal staff — and a small army of volunteers — to help transform the lives of men, women and children experiencing homelessness and poverty.

Talia Berman

Director of Operations of Levain Bakery

Talia is an experienced operator with a demonstrated history of people management and growth, restaurant operations, and consulting in the hospitality industry in New York and New Orleans. Before joining the team at Levain, Talia worked in consulting for Heyer Performance Inc and taught at the Institute of Culinary Education. She got her start at Danny Meyer’s Union Square Cafe before going to work for Jonathan Benno at Lincoln in Lincoln Center.

Panel Moderator

Nick Mancall-Bitel

Writer and Editor at Eater

Nick Mancall-Bitel is a writer, copywriter and editor living in Brooklyn. He currently serves as Editorial Associate at Eater. He primarily covers food and drink, but sometimes wanders into other subjects. He also happens to make a killer daiquiri.

Musical Performance

The Philip Norris Trio

Comprised of Philip Norris, Julius Rodriguez, and TJ Reddick, the Philip Norris Trio is a group of exceptionally talented up-and-coming jazz artists. They have played with some of the great artists of today such as Wynton Marsalis, Ulysses Owens Jr., Veronica Swift, Catherine Russell, and Marcus Roberts, and many more.

To learn more about becoming a sponsor, please contact Rebecca Reagan at or (515) 779-3303. Sponsorship tiers are as follows:

Platinum - $10,000

  • 10 event gift boxes
  • Logo placement on event program
  • Acknowledgement from the podium
  • Logo placement on RLC website for a year
  • Lunch with RLC’s CEO, Robert Lee
  • Attend a group volunteer event
  • Featured in our newsletter--Inside Scoop

Gold - $7,500

  • 8 event gift boxes
  • Logo placement on event program
  • Acknowledgement from the podium
  • Logo placement on RLC website for a year

Silver - $5,000

  • 6 event gift boxes
  • Logo placement on event program
  • Acknowledgement from the podium

Bronze - $2,500

  • 4 event gift boxes
  • Logo placement on event program
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