On Thursday May 4 the Gold Coast Arts Center and Gold Coast International Film Festival are honored to host legendary Chef Jacques Pépin in person at an exclusive fundraising event celebrating Chef Pépin’s life and career.


The event will include an extraordinary tasting of over a dozen of Chef Pépin’s most noted recipes prepared by James Beard award-winning Chef Michael Ginor (LOLA). Wine is included as part of this unique culinary cocktail experience.


After the tasting, guests will go next door to the Great Neck Squire theater for a preview screening of the upcoming PBS film, American Masters: Jacques Pépin – The Art Of Craft, which will be followed by a fascinating live Q&A with Chef Pépin and Director/Producer Peter L. Stein moderated by Chef Ginor. The evening will conclude with dessert prepared by Chef Ginor and his talented team. A select number of auction items will be available that night including one of Chef Pépin’s own chef coats signed by the Chef!

There are an extremely limited number of tickets available for this exclusive event.
*Tickets to the film and Q&A will not be sold separately

Tickets: $100pp
(includes tasting, wine, film, Q&A and dessert)

VIP Tickets: $150pp
(includes signed book and reserved seating at theater)


Film & Book Tickets: $55pp
(includes film, Q&A, unsigned book and dessert- this ticket does NOT include the exclusive food tasting event at LOLA)


(you do not have to be present to win!)

Buy one raffle ticket for $10, or get THREE for $20!



American Masters – Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft
Discover the story of Chef Jacques Pépin, a young immigrant with movie-star looks, a charming Gallic accent, and a mastery of cooking and teaching so breathtaking he became an early food icon—joining James Beard and Julia Child among the handful of Americans who transformed the way the country views the food world. Not content cooking in French palaces, where he was the personal chef to three French presidents including Charles de Gaulle, Pépin’s American journey took him through the kitchens of Howard Johnson’s, bringing his commitment to great taste, craftsmanship and technique to American popular food. With his landmark cookbooks and television shows, he ushered in a new era in American food culture – a story that continues to unfold. Produced and directed by Peter L. Stein. Narrated by Stanley Tucci. A KQED Production in association with THIRTEEN’s American Masters for WNET.



About Jacques Pépin
Renowned Chef Jacques Pépin has released 28 cookbooks and 13 companion PBS-TV series and has received 16 James Beard Foundation Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. He is a former columnist for The New York Times with countless articles also appearing in Food & Wine Magazine and is the recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from five American universities. Other notable awards include France’s highest civilian honor, La Légion d’Honneur (2004), the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres (1997) and the Mérite Agricole (1992), the American Public Television’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2015), and the inaugural Julia Child Award, which was presented to him at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in October, 2015. A longtime close friend of Julia Child, he starred with her in the PBS series Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home, which won both an Emmy Award and a James Beard Foundation Award.  Among his many other accomplishments, Pépin served as personal chef to three French heads of state, including Charles de Gaulle and from 1960 to 1970, he was director of research and new development for Howard Johnson’s and developed recipes for the restaurant chain.

About Michael Ginor
Michael Aeyal Ginor is Co-founder and Chef of Hudson Valley Foie Gras. HVFG has received the 1996 Award for Excellence from the James Beard Foundation. Chef Ginor has been honored by the James Beard Foundation, has received the American Master Taster Award from the American Tasting Institute and was nominated by Food & Wine Magazine as the People’s Choice as Top Ten Chefs in New York. He has also received Food Arts Magazine’s Silver Spoon Award.  Michael and Chef Ken Oringer’s Boston restaurant La Verdad has been awarded “The Best Casual Mexican Restaurant in the U.S.” by Bon Appétit Magazine and “One of the best 100 Restaurants in the U.S.” by Food & Wine Magazine. In 2009, Michael opened Lola in Great Neck, hailed as one of Long Island’s best restaurants, receiving the top rating from the New York Times, and Newsday, and described as a “brilliant, volatile…shooting star.”