You are invited to Rescuing Leftover Cuisine's Ten-Year Anniversary Gala!

May 18, 2023, 6-9pm
The Mezzanine
55 Broadway, New York, NY 10006

On May 18, 2023, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine is hosting our Ten-Year Anniversary Gala celebrating the past, present, and future of RLC in our community at The Mezzanine, one of the Financial District's top venues. We'll have delicious hors d'oeuvres from our friends at Food Trends and an open bar featuring the talented bartenders from WSJ Bartending.

Event happenings include a few words from our honoree and fantastic RLC supporter, Grubhub, as well as one of our nonprofit recipients, Project Rousseau, both live and silent auctions, a virtual reality food rescue experience, and more.

Funds raised during the evening will support our work to Feed People, Not Landfills!

Suggested Attire: Cocktail

Thank You to Our Co-Chairs

Ashish Contractor

Jill Greenwald

Thank You to Our Host Committee

Barbara Spitzer

Jeffrey Coniaris

Thank You to Our Sponsors


Oliver Wyman





General Atlantic

Global Infrastructure Management

GRoW @ Annenberg





Tada Noodles

UBS (The Dahlquist Group)


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

Ticket and Sponsorship Levels

Buy Tickets

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:

Diamond - $20,000+

  • Logo placement on Events program
  • Acknowledgement from the podium
  • Logo placement on RLC website for a year
  • Features in our monthly Newsletter - RLC Impact Report
  • RLC: Food Rescue Certificate
    • Awarded at lunch with CEO Robert Lee
  • 12 Event gift boxes (unless request more)

Platinum - $15,000

  • Logo placement on Events program
  • Acknowledgement from the podium
  • Logo placement on RLC website for a year
  • Features in our monthly Newsletter - RLC Impact Report
  • 10 Event gift boxes

Gold - $10,000

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

Silver - $7,500

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

Bronze - $5,000

  • Logo Placement on Events program
  • 4 Event gift boxes
  • Logo Placement on event program