1st ANNUAL “Friend and Fund Raiser” EVENT - June 28, 2008 (NYC) - STREETS had its Launch Party at the Institute for Culinary Education (ICE) in Manhattan. The event was a tremendous success, surpassing attendance and fundraising goals.

Everyone enjoyed the gourmet fare: award-winning guacamole with signature pomegranate margaritas from Rosa Mexicano; barbecue, beer and mouth-watering desserts from Danny Meyer’s Blue Smoke; and cocktails by Dumante Liqueur.

Among the over 100 guests were notable New York chefs and restaurateurs, members of the press and many culinary professionals.

One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the Dumante Recipe Contest awards to Trevor Hardwick for his Foie Gras with Verdenoce Sauce, Candied Pistachios, and Grilled Figs, and Melissa Gorris for her Caramel Pistachio Tiramisu with Dumante Verdenoce Liqueur.

Another highlight of the event was the silent auction, with over thirty items. It included dinners, gift baskets, a day with a personal chef, a variety of culinary walking tours and much more.