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23 October 2009 2 Comments

London Lennies Owner Leslie Barnes and Exec Chef Jeff Baruch

London Lennies was the pearl inside the oyster at this year’s annual City Harvest Bid Against Hunger event held last Tuesday, October 20th at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan.

City Harvest VIP Oyster Raw Bar

Executive Chef Jeff Baruch and owner Leslie Barnes served up a succulent assortment of fresh oysters plucked from hot spots on the East and West coasts including Hood Canal, Washington; Gidden Bay, Maine; Pipe’s Cove, Long Island; Kumomoto, California; Pemequid, Maine; and Copp’s Island, Connecticut.

Chef Jeff, Chef Mikey and Chef Eric Ripert take Flu Shot Oyster ShootersIn addition to a fully stocked raw bar, London Lennies offered VIP guests and the event’s star studded line up of celebrity chefs a taste of its new Flu Shot Oyster Shooter.  Top chefs including Le Bernardin’s Eric Ripert came by the table to sample Chef Jeff’s seasonal remedy and to partake in London Lennies’ opulent oyster feast. Called the “Academy Awards” of the food world, City Harvest’s 2009 Bid Against Hunger event hosted celebrity chefs Eric Ripert, Marc Murphy, Anita Lo, Jean-George Vongerichten, Alex Guarnaschelli, and New York TV personality Kelly Choi, in addition to London Lennies’ own Chef Jeff Baruch.

All the chefs

London Lennies was in great company, joining other popular restaurants such as Le Bernardin, Gramercy Tavern, Per Se, Landmarc, Blue Hill and Convivio.   London Lennies was the only restaurant included in the event’s VIP section, joined by top food and wine purveyors including D’Artagnan, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Saxelby Cheesemongers, Bklyn Larder, Despana and Valrhona Chocolates.

Jeff Baruch and City Harvest Executive Director

This year’s event raised over $700,000 for City Harvest, the world’s first food rescue organization.


  • Sylvia Wenman said:

    Congratulations for raising much needed money for a great cause, our old buddy Len would be so proud. Keep up the great work Leslie, Joan, and everyone at the restaurant!


    If you ever consider expanding your operation, please consider locating in Kingston Ontario! Love to have you here!

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