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Legendary Restaurateur Drew Nieporent to Headline Chefs for Clearwater at the CIA

Hyde Park, NY – Chefs for Clearwater is pleased to announce that Drew Nieporent will be the special guest and honoree at the fourth annual Chefs for Clearwater culinary event at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park—this year in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Sloop Clearwater’s maiden voyage and the 100th anniversary of Pete Seeger’s birth.

One of America’s most respected and celebrated restaurateurs, Nieporent is the founder of the Myriad Restaurant Group which operates a roster of highly regarded eateries, including Tribeca Grill, Nobu Downtown, Nobu Fifty Seven, and Bâtard. Nieporent’s first restaurant, Montrachet held a three-star rating from The New York Times for 21 years. Nobu (1995) and Bâtard (2015) each won the James Beard Foundation Award for Best New Restaurant in America, and Tribeca Grill is a regular winner of Wine Spectator’s Grand Award. Earlier this year, Nieporent was honored as a “Master of Hospitality” by the CIA at its annual Leadership Awards event benefiting student scholarships.

Chefs for Clearwater 2019, to be held on September 14, will be hosted by Waldy Malouf, senior director of food and beverage operations at the CIA, and Glenn Vogt, owner/managing partner of RiverMarket Bar and Kitchen in Tarrytown, NY. Singer/songwriter Tom Chapin is scheduled to return as master of ceremonies, along with auctioneer Nicho Lowry of the PBS Series Antiques Roadshow; Kevin Zraly, wine educator and founder of Windows on the World Wine School; and Emilio Ugarte of RiverMarket, two-time winner of Westchester Magazine’s annual Bartender Shakeoff.

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The fourth annual Chefs for Clearwater will be held September 14, 2019 at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. (Photo courtesy: Chefs for Clearwater)
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About Chefs for Clearwater:

Now in its fourth year, Chefs for Clearwater is a unique fundraising event held in grand hall with a spectacular terrace overlooking the Hudson at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Chefs for Clearwater is a celebration of the Hudson Valley’s bounty—and a demonstration of the environmental and agricultural progress our region has achieved over the past 50 years. An all-star team of celebrated chefs collaborate for just a single night to serve an extraordinary tasting menu showcasing food and drink sourced exclusively from Hudson Valley farmers, ranchers, vintners, distillers and cider makers. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit

About Hudson River Sloop Clearwater:

Launched by legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has been at the forefront of the environmental movement as champions of the Hudson River. To date, more than half a million people have experienced their first real look at an estuary’s ecosystem aboard the sloop Clearwater. The Clearwater organization has become the grassroots model for producing positive changes to protect our planet. For more information, visit

About The Culinary Institute of America:

Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking & pastry arts, food business management, hospitality management, culinary science, and applied food studies. The college also offers executive education, certificate programs, and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences, leadership initiatives, and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of more than 50,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food world. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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