This past month, Chef Daniel Boulud was named as co-president of Citymeals-on-Wheels' Board of Directors. Chef Boulud is one of New York’s most revered French chefs and has a major culinary influence internationally. His restaurant empire, Dinex Group, includes the three Michelin-starred DANIEL, Café Boulud, db Bistro Moderne, DBGB Kitchen & Bar, as well as several other restaurants in New York City and abroad.
Thirty-one years ago, New York Magazine food critic Gael Greene read a newspaper article about homebound elderly New Yorkers not having anything to eat on weekends or holidays and was inspired to partner with James Beard to change that tragedy. Since 1981, Citymeals-on-Wheels has fed and cared for older New Yorkers by providing nutritious food as well as human company to the city’s homebound elderly. Citymeals works with 33 community-based meal centers to deliver more thsn 2 million weekend, holiday and emergency meals to more than 17,000 people. One hundred percent of donations from the public go toward the preparation and delivery of meals.
“Daniel brings his stature as a dedicated and innovative restaurateur, his leadership as a mentor to generations of young chefs, and his celebrated energy to the leadership of Citymeals-on-Wheels. He is not only an inspiration in the restaurant world but to our board as we welcome him at the helm,” Greene said in a release.
Boulud has been a board member since 2000, and actively involved with Citymeals-on-Wheels for more than 15 years. Since 2003, Boulud’s annual Sunday Supper benefit, an exclusive dinner at DANIEL, has raised more than $6 million for the charity. He will work alongside Co-President Anne E. Cohen, a partner at the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.
"I am overjoyed to have this opportunity to deepen my support for Citymeals-on-Wheels. I plan to create new initiatives and enlist my fellow chefs in the community to be involved in them with me,” Boulud added. “New York has been my adopted city for the last 30 years and I believe that a true New Yorker is one who gives back to those who make up this great city."