Star chefs—and the hungry folks who love ’em—turned out for the Chefs for Scher event at the Bowery Terrace on Monday, July 13. The grub-centric event, a benefit for the Steven Scher Memorial Scholarship for Aspiring Restaurateurs, was punctuated with fond memories of Mr. Scher, a co-founder of Main Street Restaurant Partners and influential figure in the New York dining world.
The chefs in attendance—including Rocco DiSpirito, Nancy Olson of Gramercy Tavern, BarBao’s Michael “Bao” Huynh and Hugo Reyes of Dos Caminos—served small plates and visited with guests including Jill Hennessy, Gilmore Girl Lauren Graham, Matt Dillon and Law and Order: Criminal Intent’s Kathyrn Erbe.
Ms. Erbe’s favorite summer spot for outdoor dining? “Frankies 457 on Court Street in Brooklyn.”
The Waverly Inn’s John DeLucie, who dished out mini chicken pot pies, said, “Steve was a buddy for 20 years. We were like family.” Mr. DeLucie also offered advice on how to score a reservation at his restaurant: “We have a reservationist sitting there every day from 11:30 until 5. There’s no phone, but you can go in.”
So you don’t have to be BFF with Graydon Carter?
“Not necessarily, but it helps!” If you are inclined and able to procure a table, Mr. DeLucie recommends the cedar plank trout.
Bobby Flay, serving shrimp with spicy coconut sauce (inside a coconut!), spoke about his friendship with Mr. Scher. “We played a lot of golf, we spent a lot of time together. Every time I hit a golf ball, I think of him!”
Alex Garcia of Calle Ocho was making sliders. “I love sliders! Little burgers, a lot of grilling,” he said. “I’m very much a fan of burgers, as you can see,” He patted his stomach. “Little tiny burgers, a couple bites, nice and simple.”
Mr. Garcia elaborated on the event for the Transom. “To us at Calle Ocho, one of Steve’s restaurants that he used to own, we are very excited to do this not only because of him and because it’s honoring him, but because of the cause that it is for. … We’re hoping to raise over $100,000.” Near the end of the evening, as guests took part in a silent and live auction, it was announced that the fund-raising goal had been reached.
Throughout the night, Jean Luc Le Dû of Le Dû’s Wines poured guests glasses of Côte du Rhone, Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc. When asked about the latter, “Est-ce que c’est leger?” the expert sommelier replied, “Bien sur c’est leger! C’est sec, c’est leger, c’est tellement delicieux.” Oui Oui!