Smooth jazz greeted guests who entered the dimly lit Del Posto Italian restaurant on Sunday evening (Oct. 16) in New York’s Meatpacking District, co-created by renowned chef Mario Batali. A short trip down the main stairs led to an entirely different scene, though, as the likes of Jim James and Jack White blared through the speakers. The music, most likely selected by Batali himself — who is a fan of White and told Billboard he has been playing White’s new acoustic record on repeat — set an energized and celebratory tone, as the fifth annual Honors Dinner to Benefit the Mario Batali Foundation was officially underway.

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