Jon served on the Board of God's Love We Deliver for ten years and is co-chair of the Development Committee, which oversees all fundraising events. Originally from Seattle, Jon graduated from the California Culinary Academy and moved to New York in 1982 to begin his career as a chef. By 1985 he had launched Taste Caterers, which became one of the most innovative and sought-after catering firms in Manhattan. After 28 successful years, Jon sold the company in 2005 and now devotes his time to his philanthropic efforts. He lives in New York City and Sag Harbor with his husband, Brand.
Christopher Idone was the co-founder of hte New York catering company Glorious Food and author of numerous award-winning cookbooks, including Glorious Food (1982), Salad Days (1989), Cooking Caribe (1992), Lemons (1993), and Apples (1993). In the mid-1990s, Idone fell in love with the country of Brazil and the result was Brazil: A Cook's Tour, which went on to reprint more than 11 times. Remarking on Glorious American Food, James Beard once wrote, "It is rare that one finds a book on food that epitomizes both luxury and well-tailored simplicity and it's a mark of Christopher Idone's brilliance that he encompasses both."
Ina Garten is the host of the Emmy Award-winning Barefoot Contessa television show on Food Network and a New York TImes best selling author. She lives in East Hampton, New York, with her husband, Jeffrey.