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Drawn Together: Food Network Star Geoffrey Zakarian Joined by Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director Janne Sirén

Monday, November 9, 2020

6 pm EST

Photograph by Eric Vitale

Drawn TogetherIn a socially distanced world, let us draw inspiration together. Join us for the Albright-Knox’s first virtual fundraiser as we celebrate two creative luminaries in a dazzling series. As the year 2020 comes to a close, enjoy virtual evenings amongst friends with cocktails and cuisine while engaging with some of the brightest lights in the culinary and art worlds.

In this first event in the series, Geoffrey Zakarian will design and prepare a state-of-the-art menu based on David Adamo’s Untitled (orange peel), 2014, and Pablo Picasso’s Glass, Vase, and Fruits, 1937, both in the Albright-Knox’s collection. Learn new culinary techniques and discover how to prepare a meal like an iron chef during this live cooking demonstration.

Current Catering logoGourmet culinary packages are locally prepared by the extraordinary team at Current Catering.

West HerrMeal delivery has been made possible with the generous support of West Herr Automotive Group.

DiCamillo BakeryAssorted delicacies provided by DiCamillo Bakery, celebrating 100 years of artistic confections.

Tickets and Sponsorships

Thank you for your interest. This event is sold out!

Learn More about Underwriting Opportunities

For more information, please contact Deputy Director of Advancement Cathy Gatewood at or 716.913.6754, or Manager of Major Gifts Katie Homer at or 585.746.6937.

All proceeds benefit the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

About the Chef

Geoffrey Zakarian is recognized by industry insiders as a superstar of the restaurant world, and by food enthusiasts as “Iron Chef,” author, fashion icon, and trusted television presence. His expanding restaurant empire has earned him a trio of coveted three-star reviews from The New York Times and a Michelin star. His prolific television career includes his ongoing role as co-host of Emmy-nominated talk show “The Kitchen,” his 46-season tenure on “Chopped,” and as Iron Chef Zakarian on “Iron Chef America.” With acclaimed books, a growing line of gourmet foods, and innovative culinary tools, Zakarian is bringing his lifelong passion for the art of living well into the homes of cooks everywhere.


Heather and Jon Williams


Maura and Frederick Cohen
Sally and Robert Gioia
Genevieve and Benjamin Kicinski
Bill and Linda Maggio
Sonja and Janne Sirén
Rachel and Scott Stenclik
Virginia and Walter Tomenson

Platinum Sponsors

Charles E. Balbach
Bill and Linda Maggio
The OSC Charitable Foundation
West Herr Automotive Group
Geoffrey and Margaret Zakarian

Gold Sponsors

Susan O’Connor Baird and Bruce Baird
Curbell, Inc.
The Stanford and Judith Lipsey Foundation
Sanderson Wealth Management LLC
Nicole and Steve Swift

Silver Sponsors

Acquavella Galleries
Arc Building Partners
Monica Angle and Sam Magavern
RoseAnn and Joseph Berardi
Ann Bonte and Brent Baird
Maura and Frederick Cohen
Sally and Robert Gioia
Amelia J. Habib
Mary Jo and Peter Hunt
Kaleida Health
Life Storage
Jody and Gerald Lippes
Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP
Victoria Beck Newman and James Newman
Gina and Erik O’Neill
Pegula Sports and Entertainment
Cara and Eric Reich
Tina Sabuda and Chris Bihary
Virginia and Walter Tomenson
Mary M. Wilson

Special Gifts and Arrangements 

Bariatric Fusion
James Buck
Bush Industries
Chudy Paper Company
Current Catering
DiCamillo Bakery
Michael Gregory
Maire Gullichsen-Ehrnrooth and Carl Gustaf Ehrnrooth
Sarah Fallon and John Fudyma
Frederick Wildman & Sons
Robert K. Freeland
Eva and David Herer
Debra and Will Keresztes
The Martin Group
Tony Masiello
Maureen’s Buffalo Wholesale Flower Market
Margaret and David Moog
Anne Patsch, Stanley Whitney Studio
Snyder Family Foundation
Michael C. Straeck
Tarantino Foods
Zenger Group
Zephyr Partners