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Serve! Last Thursday, Citi Taste of Tennis celebrated their 20th anniversary of the launch of the Citi Taste of Tennis series, at Cipriani 42nd St. Benefiting New York Junior Tennis & Learning. As a premier lifestyle event on the tennis tour, Citi Taste of Tennis offers foodies and tennis fans an evening of incredible cuisine prepared by top local chefs and “served” by the top pro tennis players. We welcomed tennis stars Venus andSerena Williams and John Isner along with Executive Chef Richard Blais, as the event’s headliners.
The night marked a fantastic evening in midtown Manhattan with a few highlights:
Sibling Rivalry was on display as tennis all-stars Venus Williams and Serena Williams, and executive chef Richard Blais turned up the heat with an onstage cooking competition. After a close contest, the sisters “tied” for best dish.
Cookin’ it up Citi-style, pro tennis players like Coco Gauff and Andy Roddick as well as former champion boxer Mike Tyson sampled incredible cuisine including truffle gnocchi by Annise Hernandez-Scott of Davio’s, “
For the VIP Experience, in the Citigold Lounge VIP guests kicked off the night at an exclusive Q&A featuring John Isner. Guests danced the night away to energetic beats by DJ Mad Linx, The Rakiem Walker Band and reggae artist, Naomi Cowen, while enjoying Diplomático Rum and Zonin Prosecco.
John Isner, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Coco Gauff, Andy Roddick, Milan Tyson, Gaël Monfils, Daniil Medvedev, Felix Auger Aliassime, Marc Murphy, Belinda Bencic, Abi Spears, Vania King, Jamie Loeb, Monica Puig, Donna Vekic, Bethanie Mattek Sands, Kristi Ahn, Danielle Collins and more.
Richard Blais (Juniper and Ivy), Masaharu Morimoto (Morimoto), Sujan Sarkar (Baar Baar), Edward Lee (Milkwood), Chef Bao Bao (Boaburg), Lamar Moore (The Swill Inn), Rory MacDonald (Chanson Patisserie), Kerry Heffernan (Grand Banks), Michael Han (Ortzi), Julian Medina (Toloache), Mina Newman (Sen Sakana), Cedric Tovar (Lotte NY Palace), John Stage (Dinosaur BBQ), Neil Cline (British Virgin Islands), Sani Hebaj (Dabble @ The Conrad), Mike Viola (Boars Head), Anastacia Song (American Cut)
Citi (Title Sponsor), Ays, Lotte New York Palace, The British Virgin Islands, Zonin Prosecco, Remedy, Boar’s Head, Oban, Diplomático Rum, VOSS, CopperGel, Jamaica, Daou, Grand Brulot, WalkersWood Caribbean Foods, Natalie’s, El Espolón Tequila, GrandMarnier, SKYY Vodka, Aperol Spritz, Appleton Estate Rum, Bulldog London Dry Gin, Campari, Völkl, ChefWorks, TossWare, FOH, KIND, EAT ME GUILT FREE, Lolli & Pops, Stash, Simply Gum, Vegan Rob’s, Kosandrinos Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Goodwipes, Brooklyn Bites, Smash Mallow, RipVan Wafels, Beach Modern Luxury, Hamptons, New York Tennis Magazine.
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