Photos from the 2019 Harvest Evening Celebration

Harvest Evening Celebration is an annual fundraising gala that takes place every October.  This year Harvest Evening is going virtual.  Throughout the month of October, The Food Pantries will host a number of virtual events in conjunction with this year’s Harvest Evening Celebration Goes Virtual Series.  The Harvest Evening Celebration features “The Food Pantry Chef’s Challenge.”  This year’s Challenge will stream online throughout the month of October. Well-known, local chefs will be asked to incorporate food items commonly stocked at our member pantries in their recipes. The month-long celebration will culminate in an online VIP Virtual Reception and in-person receptions details to follow..  Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with locally well know chefs...ask questions, talk about techniques, discuss wines. There will also be a wine pull and an online silent auction.  

You can support The Food Pantries' nearly 70 food pantries and the more than 65,000 neighbors in need that were helped in 2019 by participating in this year's event. Your participation allows us to provide additional support to pantries in the form of increased food delivery and distribution as need increases and the economic effects of the pandemic continue to unfold. It supports our infant needs program, pop-up produce stands in low-access neighborhoods, community outreach, and volunteer programs.  

Gold Sponsors​

Natasha Pernicka

Executive Director


Bronze Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors​


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Thank you - 2019 Harvest Evening Food Pantry Chef's Challenge Chefs and Judges

Participating Chefs:  

  • Chef Jennifer Hewes of The Point
  • Chef Kizzy Williams of Allie B's Cozy Kitchen 
  • Chef Kyle Macpherson and Chef Joan Porambo of Field Notes
  • Chef Eric Tisaj's and Chef Christina Zullo of Mazzone Hospitality/Prime Business Dining 
  • Chef Ashley Paige of Honest Weight Food Co-op
  • The Food Pantries' Member, Bethesda House  

Judges Included:

  • Donna Purnomo of Yono's
  • Bailli William Harris of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
  • Kristi Gustafson Barlette of the Times Union 
  • Gabrielle Ares of Gab's Kitchen
  • Ashley Dingeman of Saratoga Food Fanatic

Robert Lazar, CPA

To register,please the link and complete the form provided. If you wish to register as your organization, click the box in the top right corner of the form titled "Register as a Company." Once you've chosen your ticket option and filled all required fields, click "continue" to review your event registration summary. Click "complete registration" to be sent to our payment screen then, when finished, click submit and you're done! You should receive an email confirming all the information about the event including a reminder of the date and time and a link will be provided.  

Kristen Diesel

​Honorary Chairperson


Nicki Armsby, CFO, AOW Associates • Todd Slingerland, President and CEO, Capital Financial Planning, LLC

Sara Lee and Barry Larner • Richard and Glenna Grant • Ken and Margaret Skinner

Michael Castellana • Crisafulli Brothers, Inc. • Betty ​ DiMaria • Best Tile • Kevin and Maureen Cox
Jean M. Fogarty • Jill Goodman and Arthur Malkin • Hannay Reels, Inc. • Bill Harris and Holly Katz 
Mark Harris & Melanie Greenspan • Gail Kendall and David Galletly • Kathy Lanni • Lia Auto Group • Ruth Mahoney, KeyBank
Gail and Bill Meehan • James and Roberta Read • Margie Rector • Jane and Garry Sanders • April Ulrich, KeyBank
Stephanie Wacholder and Ira Mendleson III • Congressman Paul D. Tonko • Jean M. Watts • Nancy and Arthur Waugh

Lorraine Bailey • James and Veronica Blendell • Linda and Vincent Colonno • Taryn Davila-Webster • Carole & R. Wayne Diesel • Kristen Diesel 
Steven and Karen Fein • Susan and Lawrence Flesh • Thomas and Darlene Gallagher • Terry and Debora Jordan • Jo Ann LeSage Nelson
Hon. John T. McDonald, III • Natasha Pernicka • Marna and Earl Redding • Ellen Sax • Tracey Slupski, Coldwell Banker Prime Properties
Gregory Silverman • Onnolee and Larry Smith • Sharon Stevens • John and Susan Sweeney • James and Diana Venter • Angela Warner
 Kara Williams & Benjamin Else • Lisa and Ray Witkowski • Wojeski & Company, CPAs • Mary Anne Young

Silver Sponsors

Just $1 can provide 6.25 pounds of

food to a hungry neighbor


​​​​​​​Feeding the hungry since 1979. Helping food pantries provide groceries for 3.9 million meals annually.