Stamford Museum & Nature Center hosts “An Evening with Geoffrey & Margaret Zakarian”

(L-R): Chef Geoffrey Zakarian; Harry Day, President of the SM&NC Board of Directors; Melissa H. Mulrooney, SM&NC Chief Executive Officer and Margaret Zakarian. (contributed photo)

Stamford, CT – On March 22, the Stamford Museum & Nature Center honored Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and his wife, Margaret, at its annual “An Evening With” fundraiser in the Knobloch Family Farmhouse. More than 120 guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the Overlook Terrace with the Zakarians, followed by a four-course dinner prepared by Chef Robin Selden of Marcia Selden Catering with wine pairings provided by Glenville Wine & Spirits, and a spirited evening program led by Master of Ceremonies, Leigh Diffey.

Internationally regarded as a chef, restaurateur, and leading Food Network personality, Emmy-nominated “Iron Chef” Zakarian is a judge on “Chopped,” co-host of “The Kitchen,” and host of the brand-new primetime show, “Big Restaurant Bet.”

Through the generosity of corporate sponsors and individual donors, “An Evening with Geoffrey & Margaret Zakarian” successfully raised funds to support the growth and reach of the SM&NC’s renowned educational programming in the natural sciences, enabling the nonprofit organization to increase the scope and number of those it serves, on-site and in classrooms throughout the community. Co-chaired by Lynn Villency Cohen and Carol Fedele, this year’s event followed previous celebrations that honored iconic chefs Lidia Bastianich in 2020 and Jacques Pépin in 2019, also in support of the SM&NC.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center is located at 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT (3/4 mile North of Merritt Parkway Exit 35.) For more information call 203.977.6521 or visit

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