Sip For The Sea is a food & wine benefit for the New York Aquarium, to help repair the damages caused by Hurricane Sandy.

[Image taken in Monterey, California.]

I’ve always been a fan of Aquariums, bringing my own children to the New England Aquarium in Boston as I was raising them. There’s a sense of learning, adventure, and tranquility, when we watch fish in their native surroundings (as native as can be developed in these aquariums, to be sure).  Working with my daughter Melanie in Maryland a year ago, we went to the Baltimore Aquarium. Jose and I have been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium… I’ve also enjoyed the Mote Marine Laboratory aquarium facility in Sarasota, Florida. And, finally, Delfim Costa (Enoforum Wines), Gwendolyn Alley (Wine Predator), and I explored the Oceanário aquarium in Lisbon, Portugal.  If I’ve got the time and there’s an Aquarium, I’m involved… They’ve been very important to my own psyche, but I also know that they’re just really enriching for us all in general, always with lessons about the delicate balance between land and sea, and humanity…

Happening on Thursday, September 12, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Central Park Zoo in New York City, Fifth Avenue at 64th Street, Sip For The Sea is a very worthy cause.

The Hess Collection (PS I Love You member) works with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Seafood Watch program. They all promote sustainable seafood. Paired with Hess’s sustainable wines, they’ve joined with the Wildlife Conservation Society and several other sponsors, to offer wines from their entire Hess Collection portfolio. These wines will be paired with delicious foods from some of New York’s finest restaurants, including The Lambs Club, Blue Water Grill, Parlor Steakhouse, and many more.

[Image taken in Lisbon, Portugal.]

The New York Aquarium was devastated by the impact of Hurricane Sandy, just days before it was to break ground for an exciting new exhibit called Ocean Wonders: Sharks!  Since the hurricane, plans to rebuild and expand the Aquarium and transform the Aquarium’s exhibits and programming have become a real opportunity.  The New York Aquarium reopened on a partial basis in May, and should be fully reopened in spring, 2016, particularly with the Hess Collection’s help.

This Sip For The Sea effort has already raised more than $300,000 for the cause, but there’s much more to do.  Please help, if you’re in the city. Tickets are tax-deductible and start at $200, with several packages available.  While I’m hoping you might help spread the word and sell a few more tickets, I’d also be happy if you’d let people who might just like to help out know about the cause.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit
[Another image taken in Lisbon, Portugal.]

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