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Autism Speaks to Wall Street: A Celebrity Chef Gala Raises $1.1 Million

On October 24, hundreds of guests gathered at Capitale in New York City, where culinary luminaries such as Christian Albin; Franklin Becker; Terrance Brennan; Andrew Carmellini; Wylie Dufresne; Eric Ripert; Aaron Sanchez; Guenter Seeger; David Waltuck; and Geoffery Zakarian cooked tableside in a spectacular evening of food and good will. The event raised 1.1 million dollars for the research, awareness and advocacy initiatives of Autism Speaks and a portion of the proceeds will go directly to the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Center at New York University, for their continued work in treating children with autism and other severe physical, intellectual and emotional disabilities.

The evening began with a cocktail reception that featured specialties from local and out of town chefs including Joey Campanaro, George Mendes, Ivy Stark, Shaun Doty and Toshio Tomita. Aerialist troupe Anti Gravity wowed attendees including famed restaurateur Drew Nieporent, with a death-defying acrobatic performance.

Darrell Hammond welcomed guests to dinner and introduced the evening’s featured chefs, over 60 chefs in total. Guest tables were adorned with the chef portraits taken by photographer Peter Pioppo of Studio P.

The evening proceeded with a four course tasting menu. Guests watched as some of the nation’s most renowned chefs prepared their meals in an intimate tableside setting. Spectacular desserts by leading pastry chefs such as Karen DeMasco, Francois Payard, Cory Colton and Sam Mason finished the meal.

The evening program following dinner included a live auction featuring the auctioneering talents of Food & Wine Magazine contributing writer Anthony Giglio, Darrell Hammond and surprise auctioneer chef Franklin Becker. The evening ended with a musical performance by singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb. 

See a photo gallery from the event. View a list of participating chefs and a list of in-kind donors. View a testimonial page from the chefs. Plus, see an interview with Franklin Becker from NY1 (requires Windows Media Player).

Autism Speaks to Wall Street: A Celebrity Chef Gala Testimonial Page 

“The Chef Gala event was one of the absolute best we’ve been involved with, perfectly run and organized. Great format and a truly amazing cause. We were proud to be a part of a very special evening.” 
– John Johnson, Executive Chef, Town

“It was an honor to be part of the Chef Gala event. I had a great time–definitely put me down for next year.” 
– Bradford Thompson, Chef

“I want to thank you for having me as part of the Autism Speaks Chef Gala event. It was a first class event and was executed extremely efficiently and professionally. You should all be very proud. If there is anything I can ever do, I will be there.”
– Brian Bistrong, Chef, The Harrison

“Wonderful event! I enjoyed contributing a small part to this very worthy cause.” 
– Michael Ginor, President, Hudson Valley Foie Gras

“It is always a great feeling participating in an event for such a great cause! The hard work that we put into the event is nothing compared to what these kids and families are going through. Sometimes we take for granted how lucky we are in life and we never do enough to help.” 
– Franck Deletrain, Executive Chef, Café Centro

“From one father of a child with autism to another, I offer my deepest gratitude to you for all your hard work in putting this together.” 
– Brian Doyle, Chef

”On behalf of the Four Seasons – it was a pleasure to have been able to be part of this wonderful event. Your team along with Franklin were the true stars. We hope we will be able to do it better next year.” 
– Christian Albin (Executive Chef) and Fred Mero (Chef de Cuisine), The Four Seasons

“It was a lot of fun and for a great cause. Would love to participate again in the future” 
– George Mendes, Chef

Autism Speaks To Wall Street: A Celebrity Chef Gala
Confirmed Chef List 

Tony Aiazzi
– Executive Chef, Aureole
Christian Albin – Executive Chef, The Four Seasons
Julian Alonzo – Executive Chef, Brasserie 8 1/2
Dan Barber – Chef and Owner, Blue Hill
Franklin Becker – Executive Chef, Brasserie
Brian Bistrong – Chef, The Harrison
Jimmy Botsacos – Executive Chef and Owner, Molyvos
Terrance Brennan – Chef/Proprietor, Picholine & Artisanal Premium Cheese Center
Joey Campanaro – Chef and Owner, Little Owl
Andrew Carmellini – Chef and Owner, A Voce
David Carmichael – Pastry Chef, Gilt
Cesare Casella – Chef and Owner, Maremma
Cory Colton – Executive Pastry Chef, Quality Meats
Franck Deletrain – Executive Chef, Café Centro
Karen DeMasco – Pastry Chef, Craft
Shaun Doty – Executive Chef and Owner, Shaun’s
Wylie Dufresne – Executive Chef and Owner, WD-50
Larry Forgione – Executive Chef and Co-owner, An American Place
Michael Gabriel – Pastry Chef, Sea Grill
Shea Gallante – Executive Chef, Cru
Jose Garces – Chef and Co-owner, Tinto
Michael Ginor – President, Hudson Valley Foie Gras
Will Goldfarb – Chef and Owner,Room 4 Dessert
Alexandra Guarnaschelli – Executive Chef, Butter
Craig Hopson – Executive Chef,One if By Land, Two if By Sea
Martin Howard – Pastry Chef,Brasserie 8 1/2
Nicole Kaplan – Pastry Chef, Del Posto Ristorante
Craig Koketsu – Executive Chef, Park Avenue Summer
Michael Laiskonis – Pastry Chef, Le Bernardin
Ken Larsen – Pastry Chef, Brasserie
Christopher Lee – Executive Chef, Gilt
John Lee – Pastry Chef, Marseilles
Patrick Lemble – Pastry Chef, The Four Seasons
Paul Liebrandt – Executive Chef and Owner, Restaurant Liebrandt
Scott Lindquist – Executive Chef, Dos Caminos
Waldy Malouf – Chef and Owner, Beacon
Sam Mason – Pastry Chef, Tailor
James McDevitt – Executive Chef, Four Food Studio
George Mendes – Chef
Fred Mero – Chef de Cuisine, The Four Seasons
Tory Miller – Executive Chef, L’Etoile
Seamus Mullen – Executive Chef, Boqueria and Suba
Michel Nischan – Executive Chef and Owner, Dressing Room – A Homegrown Restaurant
Pichet Ong – Chef and Owner, P*Ong
Ken Oringer – Executive Chef and Owner, Clio
Francois Payard – Chef and Owner, Payard
Zakary Pelaccio – Executive Chef and Owner, Fatty Crab 
Michael Psilakis – Chef and Co-Owner, Anthos
Deborah Racicot – Pastry Chef, Gotham Bar and Grill
Eric Ripert – Executive Chef and Co-Owner, Le Bernardin
April Robinson
 – Pastry Chef, A Voce
Aaron Sanchez – Chef and Co-Owner, Centrico
Guenter Seeger – Chef
Ivy Stark – Executive Chef, Amalia
Noriyuki Sugie – Executive Chef, Asiate
Lon Symensma – Executive Chef, Buddakan
Bradford Thompson – Chef
Toshio Tomita – Head Sushi Chef, Nobu
Sue Torres – Chef and Owner, Sueños
David Waltuck – Executive Chef and Owner, Chanterelle
Damon Wise – Corporate Executive Chef, Craft
Eric Woods – Executive Chef, Blue Fin
Geoffrey Zakarian – Executive Chef and Owner, Town

2007 Celebrity Chef Gala Sponsors and In-Kind Donors5 STAR SPONSORS ($100,000)
Tudor Investment Corporation
Marilyn & Jim Simons 

4 STAR SPONSORS ($50,000)
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
UBS Investment Bank 

3 STAR SPONSORS ($25,000)
Alson Capital Partners, LLC
Force Capital 
KBC Financial Products 
Marathon Funds
Morgan Stanley Investment Management
Paulson & Co. Inc
Satellite Asset Management
Seasons Capital Management
Faith & Phil Geier, Jr.
Patricia & Brian Kelly
Jane & James Stern
Suzanne & Bob Wright 

2 STAR SPONSORS ($15,000)
AM Investments & Asristeia
Barclays Capital – Charlie Churchill
Barclays Capital – Jeff Rowbottom
Highbridge Capital Corp.
Ionic Capital Management LLC
Jefferies & Company, Inc
J & W Seligman & Co.
Lydian Asset Management, L.P.
MKP Capital Management
Ospraie Mgmt, L.P.
Pequot Capital Management, Inc.
The McCarton School & ENK International
UBS Alternative and Quantitative LLC
Virgin Mobile
Rob & Julie Webster

AM Investment Partners
Candela Group 
HBK Investments, LP
J.P. Morgan Securities Inc.
Monitor Capital
Patina Group
Loreen Arvis
Kevin Brenner
Jeff Chiusano
Kip & Jinny Crennan
Marian Dar
Arun Gowda 
Ralph Guild
Lilli & Gary Mayerson
Jennifer Raab
David Scudellari 
Brian Treamontozzi
Christine Werner
Larry Yavner

Argand’Or Argan Oil
Christian Albin
Baldor Specialty Foods
Franklin Becker
Bobolink Dairy
Bragard USA
Dairyland/The Chef’s Warehouse
DPS Sporting Club Development Company, LLC
FIJI Water
Food & Wine Magazine
The Four Seasons Restaurant
Green and Black’s Organic
Hudson Valley Foie Gras
illy caffé
Italian Wine Merchants
Lexington Flower Shop
Guy Merrison
Paris Gourmet
Paul Liebrandt
Pellegrini Vineyards
Pierless Fish
Premier Cru Wine Merchants
Staub USA
Bradford Thompson
Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board


Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid. 

ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.

The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t workIn study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work. 

What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.

The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth. 

The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome. 

This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.

Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.

Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.

Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.

[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]

Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.

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