New York Restaurant SD26 Celebrates Fifth Anniversary Benefitting James Beard Foundation

On January 20, SD26 will celebrate their anniversary and raise funds for a special culinary scholarship

Guests in attendance will enjoy a night of Italian food, live music, and dancing.

Looking for another chance to wear that New Year’s Eve dress? You’re in luck: father-daughter duo Tony and Marisa May, and their friends at the James Beard Foundation, will be ringing in the fifth anniversary of their beloved Italian restaurant SD26 on Tuesday, January 20, and you’re invited.

"My father and I can't believe five years have passed already!” Marisa May told The Daily Meal. “It seems like just yesterday we were making the big move from San Domenico on Central Park South to our new baby SD26.”

In collaboration with the Friends of James Beard Foundation, the May family will host an evening of dinner and dancing, feeding one and all with top-notch Italian cuisine. The kitchen will be open for pizza-making tutorials, and executive chef Matteo Bergamini will be manning pasta and other food stations. When you’ve thoroughly digested, get ready to make the switch from live jazz to a DJ, and bring your best moves.

The Tony May Scholarship in Italian Culinary Studies will be launched at the event, which is meant to educate college students who wish to learn about the traditions of Italian cuisine, and keep them alive for the next generation.               

"We hope to raise a great deal of money to support the new scholarship program dedicated to Italian culinary arts,” Marisa said.


The bash will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. and tickets are $95 (or $75 for James Beard Foundation members). Proceeds from the evening will benefit the James Beard Foundation.