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Scene Last Night: Blankfein, Robertson, Wurth, Dan Loeb

Lincoln Center
Katherine Farley, senior managing director at Tishman Speyer Properties LP, and Lloyd Blankfein, chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Farley is chairman of Lincoln Center. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Oct. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. had bok choy and purple cauliflower with his wild striped bass last night, and blueberries on toothpicks for dessert.

At Lincoln Center’s Fall Gala, a healthful menu seemed designed to ensure long-lived donors.

Julian Robertson’s search for wine proved challenging, as greetings kept him from the one area where waiters were serving drinks. He finally got a glass of Santa Rita Sauvignon Blanc with his first course, a wedge of iceberg lettuce.

Dr. Mehmet Oz opined on food logistics: “Don’t have food in one hand and a glass in the other,” he said, standing near Hearst executive Ellen Levine, who oversees his new magazine. “Make sure one of your hands is free so you can shake hands and make conversation.”

Barbara Walters, looking younger than 84, pointed to her abandoned dinner roll and said she skips the bread.

The real secret to surviving galas is “eating every other course,” said Doug Wurth, chief executive officer of international private banking at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Thomas H. Lee, chairman and CEO of Lee Equity Partners LLC, had pizza on the brain, the take-home kind made at Papa Murphy’s, which his firm owns. “We have 1,400 units, we could have 5,000,” Lee said.

Following the skewered blueberries, guests heard the London Symphony Orchestra, part of the Lincoln Center Great Performers series sponsored by BNY Mellon.

Kovner Backstage

After Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27, Bruce Kovner used the intermission to get some exercise going backstage to see his friend Manny, featured soloist Emanuel Ax.

Before returning to the theater for Shostakovich, architect Liz Diller said she’d be having a “a pint of Haagen Dazs” once she got home.

Among the 600 guests who helped raise $3.2 million for the performing-arts complex were Allen & Co.’s Nancy Peretsman, who said she likes eating at Rosa Mexicano before shows at Lincoln Center; Third Point LLC’s Dan Loeb; Jamie Dinan of York Capital Management LP; Avenue Capital Group LLC’s Marc Lasry; and Blair Effron of Centerview Partners LLC.

The event honored Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP.

At the Americans for the Arts Awards, honorees including Dakota Fanning and B.B. King received a zero-calorie Jeff Koons sculpture.

“I love that bunny,” said philanthropist John Pappajohn accepting the award with his wife, Mary. “We’re happy to add it to our collection.”

(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

Muse highlights include Susan Antilla on books, Philip Boroff on Broadway.

To contact the writer on this story: Amanda Gordon in New York at agordon01@bloomberg.net or on Twitter at @amandagordon.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net

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