2018 Taste of Tennis, NYC

2018 Taste of Tennis NYC at Cipriani on August 23, 2018 | Photo: Robert Gachie Kamau for Average Socialite 

When: Thursday, August 23, 2018 @ 7PM-10PM 
Citi Taste of Tennis After Dark @ 9PM-11PM

Hot Spot: Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC

Deets: On August 23, Citi Taste of Tennis, a premier culinary and tennis event, will bring together some of the world’s top tennis players and New York’s award-winning chefs for a thrilling evening celebrating food and tennis. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with top tennis players while sampling gourmet bites and hand-crafted cocktails from New York’s best chefs.

The event includes a live culinary demonstration from Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and 2017 tennis champion, Sloane Stephens, alongside tasty dishes prepared by award-winning chefs, themed lounges, and beats by DJ MadLinx.

The fun continues with Citi Taste of Tennis After Dark, a delectable dessert-tasting experience in the Citigold Lounge from 9PM to 11PM. Ticket holders can enjoy trendy treats from vendors like Moffle Bar, The Little One, Rebecca’s Cake Pops, American Cut, and Oceana Restaurant, alongside hand-crafted cocktails, and the company of top tennis players who also have a sweet tooth. 

“We are so excited to bring Taste of Tennis back to New York City for the 19th year in a row,” said Penny Lerner, CEO of AYS. “There is no better place to celebrate summer, the tennis season and food culture than in New York City. We’re enhancing this year’s event with a new venue and will continue to cement its legacy as one of the leading sports and food events in New York City.”

“We’re thrilled to return as the title sponsor of Citi Taste of Tennis New York and we’re looking forward to its new location this year,” said Will Howle, President of U.S. Retail Banking and Mortgage at Citi. “Our customers tell us they look forward to it each year – that it’s a must-attend event for fans of world class tennis and foodies alike.”

Citi Taste of Tennis is an exciting & tennis experience kicking off some major tennis tournaments in the United States.

AYS is a woman-owned sports marketing agency focused on enhancing the profile of professional tennis. AYS is dedicated to providing exciting, off-the-court experiences where fans, sponsors, media and social influencers can engage with tennis players. Learn more at www.aysworld.com.

About Citi 
Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

Who You May Spot: This year’s star-studded athlete lineup expected to attend includes:

Venus Williams Sloane Stephens Bob and Mike Bryan
Hyeon Chung John Isner Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Caroline Garcia Feliciano Lopez Kevin Anderson
Gael Monfils Nicholas Kyrgios Alexander and Mischa Zverev

The menu of notable chefs and restaurants scheduled to appear include:

Masaharu Morimoto – Morimoto 
Shorne Benjamin – St. Lucia’s Master 
Chef Nicole Gajadhar – Saxon & Parole
Michael Han – Ortzi 
Kerry Heffernan – Grand Banks 
Catherine Medrano – The Regency Bar & Grill
John Mooney – Bell, Book & Candle 
Mina Newman – Sen Sakana 
Engin Onural – The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge
Bill Peet – Tavern on the Green 
Keith Geter - HGU New York 
Bill Telepan – Executive Chef of Wellness in the Schools
Sujan Sarkar – Baar Baar 
Wenford P. Simpson – Walkerswood Caribbean Foods 
Matt Schindler – Charlie Palmer at The Knick 
Roxanne Spruance – Kingsley 
Juan Tourn – Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse 
Andy Xu – DaDong
Greg Rubin – American Cut 
Rebecca Clavecilla-Eng – Rebecca’s Cake Pops 
Raymond Mohan – Lolo’s Seafood Shack
Paolo Dorigato – Lugo 
Jorge Espinoza – Scarpetta Restaurant 
Wenford Patrick Simpson – Walkerswood Caribbean Foods
The Lotte NY Palace

Hint For The Average Socialite: The event, produced by AYS, will be held Thursday, August 23 from 7-10PM at Cipriani (110 East 42nd St. New York, NY 10017). General admission and VIP tickets can be purchased at www.tasteoftennis.com/nyc.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Wellness in the Schools, which inspires healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life for kids in public schools. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.tasteoftennis.com and follow #cititasteoftennis on social. Citi Taste of Tennis is pleased to be sponsored by Karma Automotive, Zonin Prosecco, Oban Single Malt Wisky, Dimplomatico Rum, and Voss Water. 

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