Friday night our taste buds were treated once again as we headed north for the Double H Ranch Chef’s Dinner at the gorgeous Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing. It was a full house as 450 attendees packed the space for this not to miss event. Guests mingled with friends and sipped on specialty cocktails as the Chefs got ready to present their dishes. We spotted John Witt & Cari Endres, Chris & Robin Della Bella and John Ryan & Regina Tator in the crowd, and Charlene Courtney, daughter of Double H Ranch Co-Founder Charles Wood and a member of the Board of Directors, was looking gorgeous as always. Abraham Sultan and his beautiful wife Angela were there, as well as Jacob Hopper, John and Nicole Marino, Terry Leahy, Fran Dingeman and her daughter Ashley, Garth Ellms, Tommy and Rachel Uccellini, and Lois Celeste.
l-r: Tommy Uccellini, Lois Celeste, and Charlene Courtney
Guests were there to help raise funds for the Double H Ranch Camp, which offers children dealing with critical or life-threatening illnesses the chance to experience the magic of the Adirondacks. During each of the 8 Summer Residential Camp sessions, the Double H Ranch comes alive with the sounds of laughter and the joys of childhood. The Double H Ranch provides camp experiences that are medically sound, memorable, exciting, fun and empowering.
Everyone was excited to start sampling the tastes from the Chefs, which featured David Britton, the Executive Chef of Downtown City Tavern, Frank Esposito from Skidmore College, A.J. Jayapal, the Food and Beverage Director from The Mallozzi Group, Kevin London, the Chef/Proprietor from The Farmhouse at Top of the World, the always wonderful Jamie Ortiz, the Executive Chef from Angelo’s 677 Prime, the incomparable Yono Purnomo of Yono’s, Matt Richardson from Tattler favorite Boca Bistro, Kevin Zheng, Chef from Sushi Yoshi and the Sagamore’s own Executive Chef Adam Savage. There was much chatter amongst the guests about which dishes were the best, but overall every Chef seemed to be on top of their game that night, as we overheard compliments for each dish many times.
Chef Jamie Ortiz served up a crowd favorite
As guests took their seats, Double H Ranch Board Chairman Victor Hershaft thanked everyone for coming, cracking guests up with his golf jokes and explaining that at Double H Ranch Camp, “Serious fun is what we do”. Executive Director Max Yurenda then addressed the attendees and reminisced about camp, now celebrating its 21st Anniversary. With just 137 campers the first year, the camp now serves over 2,300 kids each year. Kim Shell also spoke to guests, delivering a poignant and moving story about her son, Jacob, and his own truly inspiring experience at camp that really put a touching personal touch on the evening.
Sports Director at WNYT NewsChannel 13 Rodger Wyland then took the mic as the live auctioneer, reminding guests that it costs $1,800 for a week of camp for one camper, and everyone was ready to bid. Definitely one of the liveliest auctions the Tattlers have witnessed as of late numerous guests got in on the action, at our own table Abraham Sultan was narrowly outbid, and one of the highlights was the Dinner with Chef Anand and AJ Jayapal which went for $3,300! Grand Central Station kicked off after the Live Auction bringing their own infectious energy to the crowd, and we left the event full and entertained. We are already counting down the days till the Double H Ranch Annual Gala on June 28th, be sure to mark your calendars and the Tattlers will see you there!