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Westchester's Richard Gere and Chef Jeremy McMillan Help Out at Fundraiser

Richard Gere and Jeremy McMillan of Bedford Post Inn with Beth Shapiro, Executive Director of Citymeals-on-Wheels. Photos by Hart Media
Richard Gere and Jeremy McMillan of Bedford Post Inn with Beth Shapiro, Executive Director of Citymeals-on-Wheels. Photos by Hart Media
Bedford Post Inn chef Jeremy McMillan joined chefs from 32 New York and California restaurants to fill tasting stations with treats at a fundraiser on Monday evening, June 10 at Rockefeller Center in New York City. 

Bedford Post co-owner Richard Gere helped McMillan dish out food including the chef's Mushroom Minestra with pickled ramps (foraged on the Bedford Post property) and his Parmigiano broth. 

Also cheering for McMillan at the event were Gere's wife actress Carey Lowell and Gere's neighbor and partner Russell Hernandez. The fundraiser beneficiary was Citymeals-on-Wheels, an organization that delivers nearly two million meals annually to elderly, homebound New Yorkers.  

The evening affair, called Rumble at the Rock because it pitted New York chefs against their California counterparts, raised $820,000. Beth Shapiro, executive director of Citymeals-on-Wheels, said the funds gathered would pay for preparation and hand-delivery of more than 127,000 nutritious meals.

More than 1,000 guests attended the affair.

McMillan, before becoming executive chef at Bedford Post in September, 2010 was the chef de cuisine at A Voce Columbus in Manhattan. 

The Beford Post, originally built in the 1860s, was purchased by Richard Gere, Lowell and Hernandez in 2007 and restored. It includes two restaurants (the Farmhouse and the Barn), an eight overnight-room inn, an exercise/yoga facility and a stable.

Richard Gere was nominated for Best Actor for his roles in An Officer and a Gentleman in 1982 and Pretty Woman in 1990 and he received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy in 2002 for playing lawyer Billy Flynn in the musical Chicago. He has appeared in nearly 50 films.

Carey Lowell is a former model and "James Bond girl." She played Assistant District Attorney Jamie Ross in the television epic Law & Order until leaving to spend more time with her young daughter; she was replaced in the TV series in 1998 by Angie Harmon. Lowell is married to Richard Gere.

Bedford Post Inn. 954 Old Post Road, Bedford, NY. 914-234-7800. www.bedfordpostinn.com

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