Citymeals Delivers For Ridgewood Seniors

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Staff Writer

Meals prepared by popular chefs wMeals prepared by popular chefs were delivered to some senior centers throughout the City, including one in Queens.

Last week, the City meals-on-wheels program served gourmet meals to 300 elderly people too weak to leave their homes.

One delivery was sent to the Peter Cardella Senior Center in Ridgewood. The food was prepared by chef Gavin Kaysen of Café Boulud, a high-end French restaurant based in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

The seniors enjoyed braised lamb shoulder with creamy polenta and roasted vegetables topped off with a rosemary jus, a topping typically used to add more flavor and juiciness to the lamb.

The delivery is part of Citymeals’ Chefs Deliver for Citymeals program, which gathers well-known chefs in New York to cook, and sometimes deliver the food themselves.

Beth Shapiro, Executive Director of Citymeals-on-Wheels, said the program allows seniors, who are limited in their ability to travel, to eat high-quality meals without having to lift a finger.

“Citymeals recipients are too frail and sick to shop and cook for themselves. Going to a restaurant for an enjoyable meal is simply out of the question,” she said. “We are truly bringing the joy of companionship into the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors. We are deeply thankful to all the chefs who participate in Chefs Deliver.”
Other chefs who participated were Marco Moreira from The Fourth, a Greenwich Village establishment on 4th Avenue, and François Payard of François Payard Bakery,

Barbara Toscano, the director of the Cardella Senior Center, said it was a wonderful additional meal for some of the seniors. She said they received 95 meals from the program and they were given out to volunteers, board members and other seniors.

“I gave it to the people who I thought really needed the extra meal,” she said.

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