Charlie Palmer
Christopher Lee

Restaurateur Charlie Palmer and his executive chef Christopher Lee greeted invited foodies at the grand opening Benefit Dinner and Cocktail Party for the new Aureole at One Bryant Park. The good-taste glitterati—including Bruce Blake­man, Alfred Portale, and Pamela Morgan—enjoyed an exclusive sneak-peek (or sneak-taste, rather) of the new menu, indulging in passed hors d’oeuvres and decadent desserts. The evening benefited Citymeals-on-Wheels, raising enough bucks to deliver more than 4,000 meals to the homebound elderly.

photos by Joan Jedell