The Dinner Party

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Park Savoy Estate
236 Ridgedale Avenue
Florham Park, NJ 07932

The Seeing Eye Dinner Party is an exclusive dining experience featuring 8 outstanding chefs from New Jersey restaurants and bakeries, each preparing one of 6 courses and hors d'oeuvres. Come enjoy incredible food, signature cocktails, wine, amazing prizes, a live auction, and of course Seeing Eye puppies!

The event, which is held in a different location each year, will be hosted at the Park Savoy Estate in Florham Park, N.J. All tickets sold and funds raised will directly support the organization’s mission to breed, raise and train Seeing Eye® dogs to guide people who are blind and visually impaired. Last year, The Dinner Party raised nearly $200,000 for the The Seeing Eye mission.

Tickets are now on sale! Click here to purchase tickets online.
Questions? Contact Kara Orlando at 973-539-4425 ext. 1744.

Our Chefs

Hors d'oeuvres & 1st Course - Executive Chef Joseph DiBerardino
The Park Savoy Estate, Florham Park, NJ
Chef Elana Iaciofano
Zaza's Perfect Pie

I've been an artist as long as I have been able to hold a crayon. I consider food an art form: preparation, cooking, and presentation. Every ingredient that is used, every fork that accompanies a dish, adds to the story. In real life, I am a creative director for the food and beverage industry. I'm also a cook and culinary instructor. I have my own full-service creative and social media agency, Slice Creative (website coming soon), where I work with companies large and small to create visually stunning, compelling and delicious campaigns. Slice Creative is a soup to nuts (pun very much intended) studio that focuses on telling stories with food. I've authored two books, Top Your Pizza, about seasonal, healthy pizza cookery for Colavita Olive Oil; and Zaza's Perfect Pie: a story, activity and cookbook about one little girl's quest to make the perfect pizza.

2nd Course - Executive Chef Joseph DiBerardino
The Park Savoy Estate, Florham Park, NJ

3rd Course - Chef Jack McGrath
Brick Oven Restaurant, Brick, NJ

4th Course - Chef Ariane Duarte
Ariane Kitchen & Bar, Verona, NJ

Chef Ariane Duarte's love for cooking began as she was growing up, watching her grandmother cook the family dinners. She applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Upon her graduation, she was hired as a sous chef at the Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange. Two years later she accepted a line cook position at The Terrace in NYC. After three years, she accepted a position as the lead grill cook at Dallas' prestigious Star Canyon. Here she met her husband, Michael, with whom she moved to Chicago to cook in his family’s restaurant. While in Chicago she broadened her culinary knowledge by taking a position at Trio, and as an assistant for one of Charlie Trotter’s cookbooks. She moved back to NJ and accepted the position as opening chef de cuisine for Vine. Within eight months she was given the title of Executive Chef. During the same time, Ariane was also running her own catering company, CulinAriane, in New Jersey. When Vine closed its doors, Ariane and Michael opened CulinAriane.

Presented with the opportunity to be on Top Chef Season 5, Ariane jumped at the chance. In 2013 she competed and won the premiere season of "Cook Your Ass Off." With appearances on the Today Show, Iron Chef and the Tyra Banks Show she has not stopped. She has also been a contributing chef for several magazines. After almost nine years and one expansion, CulinAriane, with Ariane still commanding the stoves, excelled as one of New Jersey's best restaurants. In the Fall of 2014, she will open Ariane Kitchen & Bar in Verona.

5th Course - Chefs Jonathan & Nina White
Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse, Milford, NJ

Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse was founded by Jonathan and Nina White in 2002, on leased farmland. We purchased a 186 acre farmstead in Milford, NJ in March of 2010, and moved our family, herd and business to Milford in June 2010. Our Bakehouse creates breads and pastries that are made with heritage and heirloom grains, risen slowly for maximum flavor and nutrition.  We are grateful to artisan grain growers, who provide us with top quality raw materials to bake in our wood-fired oven!

6th Course - Chef Erica Leahy
Chef Andrea Lekberg
The Artist Baker, Morristown, NJ
3 Daughters Baking Company, NJ

Andrea Lekberg and Erica Leahy have collaborated throughout their professional friendship of 15 years. They first worked together in Brooklyn at Sweet Melissa Patisserie. Since then, they have done events with The James Beard House and Morris Arts. Most recently, they were the opening pastry team at Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen. Since then, Erica has gone on to be the full time pastry chef at Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen and Andrea continues to run her pastry shop cafe, The Artist Baker, in Morristown.